Bee Research Facility May Be in the Works for the University of Florida
Published March 17th, 2014
GAINESVILLE- The honeybee business should be buzzing in North Central Florida.
But researchers have been trying to figure out what has been killing off large numbers of honeybees.
Now they may soon get some help.
A proposed facility at UF promoting honeybee research can mean more than a million dollars in revenue for the state.
The proposed facility is slated to be built right here in Gainesville at the University of Florida.
Tax watch's special report says the new facility would help the school attract and retain top students.
Beekeepers in our area support the idea furthering honeybee research through such facilities.
Research facilites will also promote preservation efforts for a honeybee population that is already on the decline.
Beekeeper, Chappie McChesney says, "we need to educate the public to stop killing bees with all the chemicals everyone wants their beautiful fruit and vegetables without any blemishes, but without honeybees you're not gonna have any fruit at all."
The production of honey in Florida was valued at 23.1 million dollars in 2012.
The report was requested to be done by State Representative Keith Perry.
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