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ISU Gets Beekeeping Grant

FUNKS GROVE - Beekeeping is making a comeback in Illinois.
FUNKS GROVE - Beekeeping is making a comeback in Illinois.

The state department of agriculture says almost seven hundred keepers registered for the first time this year, and Illinois State University is working to make sure that number stays up.

The school's beekeeping club recently got a $20,500 grant from the ISU Sustainability Club to build a 24 x 16 foot honey house in Funks Grove.

The shed will be used to extract and sell honey in the summer, and can be used to make maple syrup in the winter.

Even with a decrease in the number of honeybees worldwide, the club's goal is to help rebuild the ecosystem.

“And the only way we see that is to improve the situation rather quickly, which really needs to be done, is to have people develop bee hives and produce more colonies and bees, so they might eventually repopulate our environment,” said Dr. Carl Wenning, beekeeping club advisor for ISU.

The new honey house was built by volunteers and is open throughout the year. The Nature Center will use it to teach children.

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