The American Beekeeping Federation and The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees continue to sponsor an annual beekeeping essay contest for 4-H members. The topic for this year’s contest is “Beekeeping in Colonial Times.” Official rules for entry can be found at MSUCares (

Essays will be judged by a team of entomologists from Mississippi State University. State winners will receive prize money (1st place – $100, 2nd place – $75, and 3rd place – $50) and a plaque from MBA at our next annual convention. We may even ask the first place winner to read the winning essay at the banquet. The State first place winner will receive a book from the sponsors. National winners will also receive prize money (1st – $750, 2nd – $500 and 3rd – $250). Submit your essay and all required documents to Jeff Harris ( by close of business on January 20, 2014.