Two of our Favorites are back for this year's panel!
Dave and Sam - a wealth of knowledge that will make us all buzzy!
Come with all your questions for this Q & A panel, and learn and laugh a lot at this February fun meeting!!
Here is more info about Sam:
And the latest on Dave:
Dave has worked for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ever since first as a Bee Inspector and then as an Environmental Specialist I and Researcher, Chief Apiarist for FDACS, and Retired after 28 years with FDACS. He's graduated from Florida State University as a Certified Public Manager. He has worked on numerous research projects with United States Department Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, State Universities, and other Countries; Germany, England, Canada, Africa, and Australia on Varroa mites, Tracheal mites, American Foulbrood disease, Small Hive beetles, Nosema, and more recently, Colony Collapse Disorder . He has received several awards for research work on honey bees from the United State Department Agriculture, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Apiary Inspectors of America, Florida State Beekeepers Association, National Honey Producers, American Beekeeper Association, and more recently the Davis Productivity award.
His love for nature goes further than just bees. He believes that it is very important for us to learn as much about the bee's needs and not just what we want them to do for us. Most of the knowledge he shares on nature comes from his parents teaching him about the importance of maintaining a balance with Nature and that change is inevitable. It is not the strong that survive but the ones that are willing to expect change and move with it that will endure. This is true in today’s beekeeping.
Now that he has retired he has taken on some new roles; VP of Bees Beyond Borders, Chair of American Beekeepers Federation Research Committee, he sits on the board for The Foundation For The Preservation Of Honey Bees, and he's the Chair of Education and Outreach for the Florida State Beekeepers Association(CEO). And he's enjoying traveling teaching and learning about bees!
After 50+ years of beekeeping he still looks forward to going in to each bee hive with an open mind, eager to learn something new about bees, and hoping to continue for 40 additional years.