August 17, 2016
The apiary at the Delta Research Center has been going strong for over a year now, and research has been exciting with a new graduate student, to say the least.
The Missouri Master Beekeeper Certification Program has also been growing. As of August, it officially has 8 Extension centers participating throughout Missouri. Each center offers beekeeping classes every other month to those participants interested in learning more about bees, more about the hobby, and more about finding a mentor. You can read more about the program here. Although the classes are fee-based, the costs of the classes, especially with a startup program, can be substantial for smaller centers to handle. Even larger Extension centers have extra costs that need to be settled (i.e. photo copying, phone calls, staff) following a class. Here’s where Monsanto came to the rescue.
Dr. Jerry Hayes, Monsanto’s Commercial Lead for Beeologics, recently has agreed to provide startup funds for the program. Beeologics researches and develops biological tools to provide targeted control of pests and diseases including those that are potentially contributing to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
This money will be available as early as this month!
I just wanted to send this information out to all our website followers, so they know we have our first financial backer to our Master Beekeeper program. Here’s hoping we have more followers soon!
Dr. Moneen Jones
Research Entomologist, Director – Missouri Master Beekeeper Certification Program