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Hundreds of beekeepers gather in South Deerfield

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Hundreds of beekeepers enjoyed a day of learning about the insects they love.

The ninth annual Massachusetts Beekeepers Field Day was held at the UMass Agronomy Farm on Saturday.

Those in attendance got to choose from 28 different workshops.

Organizers told CBS 3 that the event is the largest field workshop in the Northeast.

Nationally, we continue to see a decline in the number of honey bee colonies and the bee enthusiasts in attendance said there are several reasons for the drop in population.

"There are a lot of problems with bees today," said Dan Conlon, a past president of the association. "We, of course, are concerned about pesticides we hear about that all the time, but even more importantly we've lost a lot of the nectar plants that bees and pollinators need to survive. So, those are some of the many things that scientists, researchers and beekeepers are trying to work on."

Topics from Saturday's workshops included controlling honey bee pests and diseases, to raising queen bees.

The event is hosted by the Franklin County Beekeepers Association.

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