Area briefs

Learn about honey bees

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Master Gardener volunteers will present “What’s the Buzz?” at the next session in the Coffee with the Master Gardeners series on Jan. 5, at 10 a.m.

Honey bees have become all the buzz the last few years as interest grows to protect them and other pollinators. Join the Master Gardeners as they dive into honey bee hives and discover the complexity of the bee colony and how it relates to pollination and the development of our food. Uncover ways you can help promote bee health in your very own backyard through management practices and planting the right plants to attract pollinators.

The session will be held at the Extension Meeting room on the ground floor of the Old Courthouse in Troy at 201 W. Main St. The cost is $10 and pre-registration is required by Jan. 3.

For more details, contact the Extension office at 440-3945 or by email at

Visit or the Facebook page “Miami County Master Gardeners” for more information.

Scholarship offered by Soil and Water

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami Soil and Water Conservation District is offering two $750 scholarship awards to Miami County residents who are majoring in agriculture or natural resources. Contact the office for an application by calling 335-7645.

Recordkeeping workshop planned

MIAMI COUNTY Looking to get more out of your recordkeeping? Miami County Extension will host Bruce Clevenger, extension educator in Defiance County, for workshop on using software to keep the farm books.

This workshop is limited to 10 farms (two people from each farm max). Find more information online at Deadline for early bird registration is Feb. 9.