The Bee Essay Contest is held annually and sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. The topic for 2013 is "Reducing the Usage of Bee-Killing Pesticides in my Community."

The length of the essay is to be 750 to 1000 words (This does not include references and biographical sketch.) The format should be submitted as Microsoft Word compatible document, double spaced in 12-pt Times.

The due date is Jan. 10, 2013.

The contest is open to active 4-H club members only.

You should submit your essays to the e-mail address following.

They are to go to Sherry McMullin at smcmullin@entomology.msstate.edu.

Write "4-H Beekeeping Essay" in the subject line.

Be sure to include your biographical sketch.

The first place essay from Mississippi will be submitted for national competition.

State level prizes are first place: $100; second place: $75; third place: $50. National level prizes are first place: $750; second place: $500; third place: $250.

For additional information on rules, requirements and judging criteria you can give me a call.

My phone number is (601) 656-4602.

UPCOMING EVENTS

• Dec. 12 - Leadership Neshoba, 8 a.m., Community Development Partnership Depot.

• Dec. 24 - Jan. 3 - County 4-H Office Closed for Christmas and New Year's Holidays.

Until next week, get into 4-H!