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The Florida State Beekeepers Association has successfully raised $200,000 to fund an international bee research lab at the University of Florida.


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A Jacksonville woman is hoping to unite the community and offset some of the negative environmental effects of food production by creating small community farms.

A Northeast Florida nonprofit, The Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida, awarded her $5,000 this month to begin the project.


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A state-of-the-art, international bee-research lab could be coming to Gainesville if Florida beekeepers raise enough money.

Last month, Governor Rick Scott OK’d $2 million for bee research, and the University of Florida is covering some of the cost—but it all kicks in only if beekeepers raise $200,000 of their own.


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Ponte Vedra Beach was abuzz with convention-goers Wednesday at the American Beekeeping Federation’s annual conference.

Organizers say they’ve expanded as interest in beekeeping has risen in recent years. But as more people want to raise them, the world’s bee population is shrinking.


Bee research should be Florida’s next big investment. At least, that’s what a state watchdog says.