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Season 3

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Charlotte Ekker Wiggins and A Beekeepers Diary (S3, E55)

June 14, 2021

Charlotte Ekker Wiggins, author of two books about beekeeping and beekeepers, is our guest today. Her first book, Bee Club Basics, Or How To Start A Bee Club, dealt with managing teachers mentors, students, classes and the b…

Education Marketing & Sales

The National Honey Board with Margaret Lombard & Catherine Barry (S3, E54)

June 7, 2021

In this episode, we talk with Margaret Lombard (CEO) and Catherine Barry (Dir. of Marketing) from the National Honey Board. The NHB is an organization designed with the express purpose of marketing honey. There are 10 Board …

Research

The Art of the Bee & Honey Bee Genetics with Dr. Rob Page (S3, E53)

May 31, 2021

Today, we invite Dr. Robert E. Page, Jr.  to the podcast to talk about his research on honey bee genetics and his new book, The Art Of The Bee. Shaping the environment from Landscapes to Societies. Rob is an Emeritus profess…

Beekeepers Products & Devices

Hive Types - Part 5: The Future of Hives - The HyperHyve with Mike James (S3, E52)

May 24, 2021

This is without doubt, the most technologically advanced, commercially available, honey bee hive monitoring system developed so far. Mike James has a background in home automation and when he started keeping bees not all tha…

Guest: Mike James
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Hive Types - Part 4: AZ Hives with Paul Longwell (S3, E51)

May 17, 2021

In Part 4 of our 5-part series on hive types other than the standard Langstroth, we talk with Paul Longwell about the AZ Hive. Paul has been keeping bees for quite a few years. He’s a Master Beekeeper and has bees in Langstr…

Guest: Paul Longwell
Education Products & Devices

Hive Types - Part 3: Long Hives with Tina Sebestyen (S3, E50)

May 10, 2021

In Part Three of our five-part Hive Types Series, we talk with Colorado Master Beekeeper and columnist Tina Sebestyen about the Long or Horizontal Langstroth. Horizontal hives are very much like the traditional Langstroth hi…

Hive Types - Part 2: Top Bar Hives with Christy Hemenway (S3, E49)

May 3, 2021

We continue with our five-part series on hive types other than the standard Langstroth, with Christy Hemenway. Christy has been working with top bar hives for just over 14 years now and has developed a good sense of how they…

Education Products & Devices

Hive Types - Part 1: Flow Hive with Stuart Anderson (S3, E48)

April 26, 2021

This week, we start our multi-part series on hive types other than the standard Langstroth.  We start with the Flow Hive. In this episode, we talk with Stewart Anderson, who, with his son Cedar imagined and then created the …

Pests And Predators Research

Dr. Samuel Ramsey - Varroa & Tropilaelaps Updates and More! (S3, E47)

April 19, 2021

Dr. Sam Ramsey is back with us again, looking at all sorts of questions than bother beekeepers, and working with smart kids and science! Sammy hasn’t not let any grass grow under his feet since he was forced to return home f…

Habitat, Forage, Honey Bee Biology Research

The Climate Change Impact on Bees & Floral Sources with Dr. Christina Grozinger (S3, E46)

April 12, 2021

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Christina Grozinger, from Penn State’s Department of Entomology. Her recent research and and plant growing season has confirmed many suspicions on the long term impact these changes have on…

Pests And Predators Research

2021 Asian Giant Hornet Update with Sven-Erik Spichiger (S3, E45)

April 5, 2021

In this episode, we have a return visit with Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Sven-Erik Spichiger, to see how our honey bees’ newest threat, The Giant Asian Hornet, did last season in the Pacific Northwest. The A…

Education

The Honey Bee Health Coalition with Matt Mulica (S3, E44)

March 29, 2021

Meet Matt Mulica, Senior Project Director of The Honey Bee Health Coalition a group of more than 50 organizations who have come together to implement solutions to achieve a healthy population of native and managed pollinator…

Beekeeper Profile How To Pollination Management

The 2021 Almond Season & Indoor Wintering with John Miller (S3, E43)

March 22, 2021

John Miller is a based in Gackle, North Dakota and New Castle, California.  His family has been keeping bees since 1894. Their season starts each spring when John and his sons take their bees to the almond orchards in Centr…

Guest: John Miller
Honey Bee Behavior Honey Bee Biology Honey Bee Management

Russian Honey Bee and EAS Updates with Dan Conlon (S3, E42)

March 15, 2021

In this episode, we invite Dan Conlon back to learn how the Russian Honey Bee Program is progressing, since now is the time to consider trying packages, nucs or queens for the coming season. Arguably, Russians are the most t…

Beekeeper Profile Research

Research for Hire with Jessie & Bobby Louque (S3, E41)

March 8, 2021

Today, we talk with Jessie and Bobby Louque, of Louque Agricultural Enterprises.  Testing the interactions of pesticides and honey bees is what this company does on a daily basis. They have combined their passion for bees wi…

Beekeeper Profile Education Research

Boris Baer - Center for Integrative Bee Research (S3, E40)

March 1, 2021

Our guest this week is Boris Baer, Professor of Entomology at UC Riverside. Boris is the recent recipient of a $900,000 grant from the University of California’s Office of the President.  He is the Principal Investigator of …

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Steven Coy - APHIS and Chinese Tallow (S3, E39)

Feb. 22, 2021

Steven Coy, Executive Board Member of American Honey Producers Association  returns to the podcast. This time, he discusses the USDA-APHIS call for comments on the elimination of the Chinese Tallow Tree and the impact the el…

Beekeeper Profile Education

The Bee Squad with Bridget Mendel and Becky Masterman (S3, E38)

Feb. 15, 2021

In today’s episode, we talk with Bridget Mendel and Becky Masterman of the University of Minnesota Bee Lab’s “Bee Squad”.  Dr. Marla Spivak created Bee Squad as an outreach group 10 years ago in the Twin Cities area to help …

Products & Devices

The Bee Corp with Ellie Symes (S3, E37)

Feb. 8, 2021

This week we talk with Ellie Symes, CEO of The Bee Corp. We met Ellie at the recent Almond Growers virtual conference. With pollination hives in almonds renting for around $200 each, almond growers want to make sure they are…

Beekeeper Profile Education

Bee Downtown with Ben Dictus (S3, E36)

Feb. 1, 2021

In today’s episode we talk with Ben Dictus, beekeeper for Bee Downtown.  The good people in the Bee Downtown organization have taken bees and beekeeping to a new level of education, promotion and opportunity. They have combi…

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Kaylee Richardson - The Honeystead with Kirsten (S3, E35)

Jan. 25, 2021

On today’s show, we chat with Kaylee Richardson, who runs the Farm on Quail Hollow and posts about her life as a modern-day homesteader @the_honeystead. She shares the nitty-gritty details of what it takes to produce most of…

Beekeepers How To

Return of the Regional Beekeepers - Winter Perspectives (S3, E34)

Jan. 18, 2021

In this episode of Beekeeping Today Podcast, we reconnect with our beekeeping friends from Season 2, Episode 29. They come from across the country including Central North Carolina, North East Ohio, the western slope of the R…

Beekeeper Profile Natural Beekeeping Methods & Management Research

The Importance of Propolis and More with Dr. Marla Spivak (S3, E33)

Jan. 11, 2021

Marla Spivak is a honey bee researcher at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Her work has covered a variety of subjects over the years including queen breeding and disease prevention and lately she has been working …

Honey Bee Management

Two Queen Honey Production with Tom Theobald (S3, E32)

Jan. 4, 2021

In this episode, we welcome back Colorado beekeeper, . Tom had a small commercial operation in Colorado in the late 70’s, running up to 200 or so colonies when he first started using two queen colonies. The biology of runnin…

Pests And Predators Research

Holiday Replay: Dr. Sam Ramsey & The Varroa Mite (S3, E31)

Dec. 28, 2020

On this special Holiday Replay, we bring back one of our favorite episodes from the first season, when we invited Dr. Sam Ramsey to the podcast to talk about the Varroa Mite. Sam Ramsey is a life long entomologist. His inter…

How To Pests And Predators

Newfoundland's Varroa Action Plan with Dr. David Peck and Peter Armitage (S3, E30)

Dec. 21, 2020

On today’s episode, we talk with Newfoundland beekeeper, Peter Armitage and Dr. David Peck, a Professor from Cornell University, David Peck.  Those of us south of the Canadian border tend to mispronounce the name of that big…

Honey Varieties Marketing & Sales

Honey Testing - QSI America with Tobias Wiezorek (S3, E29)

Dec. 14, 2020

is a Germany based company that is in the business of testing honey for anything. Their US lab in Corona, California is led by Tobias Wiezorek, and employs about 35 scientists looking at the biochemical, microbiology, chemic…

Beekeeper Profile

Santa Cruz Bee Company's Emily Bondor with Kirsten (S3, E28)

Dec. 7, 2020

In this week’s episode, guest host Kirsten Traynor speaks with Emily Bondor of the Santa Cruz Bee Co about how she manages her colonies and those of other beekeepers without chemical intervention. Emily discuss the types of …

Author

Interviews with Beekeepers, Author Steve Donohoe (S3, E27)

Nov. 30, 2020

Starting several years ago, Steve Donohoe wanted to find out more about beekeepers and how they kept bees. His travels took him to California, where he talked to Randy Oliver and Ray Olivarez, to Vermont to talk to Mike Palm…

Habitat, Forage, Pollination Science

Ernst Seed Company - Calvin Ernst with Kirsten (S3, E26)

Nov. 23, 2020

Protecting pollinators and improving the habitat for honey bees often entails planting nectar and pollen rich plants. In this episode, Kirsten talks with Calvin Ernst, founder of , who has been deeply involved with growing n…

Feeding

Bananas for Bees with Katharina Davitt (S3, E25)

Nov. 16, 2020

In this episode, Master Beekeeper, Katharina Davitt reveals the nutritional benefits honey bees derive from bananas. Yes, you read that correctly, bananas! We all know that bananas are good for people. They are full of carbs…

Beekeeper Profile

Oregon Fires - Sharon Schmidt with Kirsten (S3, E24)

Nov. 9, 2020

This autumn wildfires cut through large swaths of Oregon, destroying towns, homes and habitat. In this episode, Kirsten talks with Sharon Schmidt, founder of Cascade Girl Apiary, who lost her home and apiary in Phoenix, Oreg…

Author Beekeeper Profile

"Show Me The Honey" with Dave Doroghy (S3, E23)

Nov. 2, 2020

Dave Doroghy works in the worlds of advertising and sports marketing and lives on a house boat on the Frasier River in southern British Columbia near Vancouver. His discovery of beekeeping wasn’t the common story of being sw…

Honey Varieties Marketing & Sales

Organic Beekeeping and Importing Manuka: Madhu Honey with Kirsten (S3, E22)

Oct. 26, 2020

In this episode, Kirsten sits down with Matthew Pettersson of , who fell into beekeeping after a chance encounter with a giant jar of honey in a New York City apartment. Fascinated by honey bees and the golden honey they cre…

Author Honey Varieties

American Honey Tasting Society with Marina & Raffaele (S3, E21)

Oct. 19, 2020

Marina Marchese is the President of the American Honey Tasting Society. She refined her learning and teaching skills in Italy and Raffaele Dall'Olio was one of her teachers. Today we discuss with them all of the aspects of h…

Beeswax Research

Comb Building & More: Michael Smith, Ph.D with Kirsten (S3, E20)

Oct. 12, 2020

In this week’s episode, guest cohost, Kirsten Traynor, editor of , talks with Michael Smith, Ph.D. Michael grew up in Panama, then went to boarding school in Wales, where he chanced upon a beekeeper with honey in a hallway. …

Pollination Management Research

Almond Contracts: An Economist's Analysis with Brittney Goodrich, Ph.D (S3, E19)

Oct. 5, 2020

In this episode, we invited Dr. Brittney Goodrich to discuss what her research has found in almond pollination contracts.  Brittney is a Cooperative Extension Specialist at the University of California, Davis. She is an Agri…

The Ambeessadors with Steve Rogenstein and Kirsten (S3, E18)

Sept. 28, 2020

If you’re interested in starting a honey festival in your city, you have to speak with Steve Rogenstein who founded the . A former event manager, he fell in love with bees and has used his unique skills to organize honey fes…

Dewey Caron - "The Complete Bee Handbook" & More (S3, E17)

Sept. 21, 2020

Dr. Dewey M. Caron’s latest book, The Complete Bee Handbook is quite the book. Not a scientific text, not a how-to beekeeping book, but one that’s meant for all those folks who think they might want to keep bees, but don’t k…

Bee Audacious with Bonnie Morse and Kirsten (S3, E16)

Sept. 14, 2020

The conference brought together beekeeping luminaries like Mark Winston, Marla Spivak, Tom Seeley and many others. The event was created and organized by Bonnie Morse, who recently sat down to chat with guest host Kirsten T…

The Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium with Allie and Britteny (S3, E15)

Sept. 7, 2020

In today’s episode we talk to Britteny Kyle, DVM, President of the Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium (HBVC) and Alexzandra (Allie) Mosel, DVM, who is the President Elect. Both are beekeepers and small animal veterinarians inte…

Honey and the Good Food Awards with Sarah Weiner and Mark Carlson (S3, E14)

Aug. 31, 2020

In today’s episode we talk with Sarah Weiner, the Executive Director of the Good Food Awards Foundation and Mark Carlson, the Committee Co-Chair of the Honey Category. Sarah brings a global perspective to her position having…

Weird Bee Behaviors - Dr. Rachael Bonoan with Kirsten (S3, E13)

Aug. 24, 2020

In this episode, Kirsten Traynor meets up with Dr. Rachael Bonoan, a bee biologist and ecologist. Bees have some unusual and quirky behaviors. They discuss bumble bee high fives, why honey bees like stinky, dirty water, and …

Feeding Products & Devices

Strong Microbials with Drs. Vera and Slava Strogolova (S3, E12)

Aug. 17, 2020

Strong Microbials got their start producing probiotics to improve the health of cattle, dairy cows, poultry and swine. Their products improved animal food digestion resulting in overall animal health. In 2012 they became int…

Beekeepers Honey Varieties

Beekeeping Downunder: Simeon Valkenburg with Kirsten (S3, E11)

Aug. 10, 2020

In this episode, Kirsten chats with commercial beekeeper Simeon Valkenburg, who runs a commercial operation with his brother in Australia. He talks about building up their commercial operation from scratch. They started with…

Author Research

Bee Optimism with Dr. Jay Evans (S3, E10)

Aug. 3, 2020

Dr. Jay Evans is the Research Leader at the USDA Honey Bee Research Lab in Beltsville Maryland. He and the resident scientists there are involved in many projects, including mite studies, nutrition supplements for bees, quee…

Pests And Predators Research

Dr. Samuel Ramsey - Tracking The Tropilaelaps & More (S3, E8)

July 20, 2020

Dr. Sam Ramsey joins us again to share what he has found from his most recent work on Tropilaelaps mites in Thailand. He has been looking at the history of this mite’s movement around the world, the biology and its life cycl…

Beekeeper Profile Education

Heroes To Hives - Adam Ingrao with Kirsten Traynor (S3, E7)

July 13, 2020

This week, guest co-host Kirsten Traynor chats with Adam Ingrao, Ph.D, founder of Heroes to Hive.  Heroes To Hives is a veterans training program he started five years ago. They train veterans, especially those suffering fro…

Products & Devices Research

World Bee Count with James Wilkes and Joseph Cazier (S3, E6)

July 6, 2020

In this episode, we talk with James Wilkes and Joseph Cazier from , who spearheaded the World Bee Count program just completed this spring. Bee Count is an annual event that aims to identify pollinators around the world and …

Guest: James Wilkes