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Thursday, May 2nd, 2024 at 6:00PM – 8:00PM (EST)

This is a free event with donations optional. All proceeds go toward beekeeper education, future speaker events, and further development and outreach efforts of the SBGMI. This event will be recorded and available to subscribing SBGMI members for a brief time.

Beginning at 6:00PM Cameron Jack, PhD will discuss “Know your enemy and hitting mites where it counts, seasonal Varroa growth and control mechanisms.”

Beginning at 7:00PM  Frank Rinkevich, PhD will discuss “Selective Breeding and Field Performance of bees with VSH.” Join us as Frank shares updates on the breeding program at the USDA-ARS Honey Bee Research lab in Baton Rouge, LA and more.

Cameron Jack is the Assistant Professor of Honey Bee Toxicology at University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Department and has been interested in beekeeping since his youth and now teaches several courses related to honey bees and apiculture at the University of Florida. His goal is to create an educational program that prepares students for the many challenges associated with beekeeping and to train those interested in entering the beekeeping workforce. 

Frank D. Rinkevich is a Research Entomologist at the USDA-ARS Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology Laboratory in Baton Rouge LA. Frank has extensive training in insect toxicology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics. The goal of Dr. Frank’s research is to provide a basic understanding of pesticide toxicology that is relevant to field conditions in the commercial beekeeping industry.


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