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By Talia Kaplan

St. Louis (KSDK)- Bee lovers unite in St. Louis. It's called apiculture, the study and keeping of bees. This weekend, the Heartland Apicultural Society is holding its annual conference in St. Louis and it's drawing a crowd.

Everyone was buzzing about everything bees at the Heartland Apicultural Society Conference.

"H.A.S. came to St. Louis this year because there is an explosion in interest in the St. Louis area. It's the first metropolitan area that they had the conference," said Jane Sueme, the organization's local coordinator.

She says the conference is all about giving people an opportunity to learn more about bees and their importance.

"Honeybees are responsible for pollinating. They say one out of every three bites we eat," said Sueme. Those foods include foods, nuts, and berries, which would be too expensive to pollinate by hand making it nearly impossible to produce without the bees.

Since 2006 there has been a 30 percent decrease in the bee communities every year and that's why experts say backyard beekeeping is so important.

"Back in 2006 there was a commercial beekeeper that reported losses and he was on 60 minutes and there was a lot of media coverage of that and since then people have really gotten interested in and want to know what's happening to the bees and what they can do to help," said Sueme.

Tim Fredricks of St. Charles just started beekeeping a few months ago.

"What inspired me was to do the right thing for the environment and help with the waning interest in bees which has caused a decrease in colonies across the nation," said Fredricks.

Sueme says backyard beekeepers could make a world of difference in keeping the bees thriving especially now with the heat.

"The weather was really affecting the bees it stresses the bees out. We need to keep the bees alive," said Sueme.

The convention runs through Saturday July 14th. You can register at the door at the J.C. Penney Conference Center at University of Missouri St. Louis.

The conference starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. It will cost $25 for the day. For more information visit their website.



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