“WHAT TO DO WITH NOSEMA?”
“WHAT’S GOING ON IN OHIO’S APIARIES?”
For over 40 years I have worked in and around the honey bee and beekeeping industry. After a stint as a High School teacher, I went back to college at Ohio State University to learn about Honey Bees from Dr. Jim Tew. Then on to the USDA Bee Breeding a Stock Lab, (as it was titled back in the 80’s), for a short time, then to Dadant and Sons and the American Bee Journal for a long time. I then joined the Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services as the Chief of the Apiary Inspection Section for almost a decade. I then went on to work on RNAi with Monsanto to control Varroa, and now as editor of Bee Culture magazine.
I’ve been a beekeeper before Varroa and now on this journey after Varroa and all the collateral health effects that we are struggling with. I’ve seen bees mysteriously disappear with CCD. I’ve seen people and animals killed by Africanized Bees. I’ve seen prairie lands converted to ag lands, which meant less flowers for bees and more impacts from pesticides. All of these things changed how a beekeeper operates…that means both you and me.
Barbara Bloetscher – “What’s going on in Ohio’s Apiaries?”
Barbara Bloetscher has been the State Entomologist/Apiarist at the Ohio Department of Agriculture since 2009, after working 23 years at The Ohio State University as an entomology and agronomic diagnostician in Extension. As State Entomologist, she oversees the Apiary Program and identifies insects and other arthropods submitted from Ohio Nursery inspectors and businesses. Barb monitors the County Apiary Inspection Program and addresses honey bee issues in the state.
Barb has kept her own colonies of honey bees for over 35 years and belongs to Central Ohio Beekeepers and OSBA as well as The Ohio Lepidopterists and other insect related organizations.