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Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk and Rob Seccomb - Commercial Beekeeper Course and More (S4, E46)

On today episode, we welcome Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk ('retired' from the University of Montana) and Rob Seccomb to talk with us about the Bee Health Guru app and the new Commercial Beekeeper Course they are developing in partnership with the SAVE Farm program in Kansas.

SAVE (Service Member Agricultural Vocation Education) received funding from USDA NIFA under a subcontract from the SAVE Farm in Manhattan, Kansas. For this three-year project, Jerry and Rob will produce online training resources for members and veterans of the military centered on Commercial Beekeeping, while Kansas State Department of Agriculture will provide the hands-on-training, including getting a CDL and a Certification for Loader Operation. The genesis of the program started with Fort Riley’s Warrior Transition Battalion’s occupational therapists. The SAVE program offers transition from the security and comradery of the military to the serenity and immersion offered by farming, avoiding what can be a debilitating and often dangerous period following discharge.

Join us as we learn about the SAVE program, the Bee Health Guru app, the future of Jerry’s electronic monitoring conferences and more!

Kim returns in this episode with Bee Books: Old and New, reviewing a timely book by Richard Ball, Swarm Control.

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Links and websites mentioned in this podcast:

Bee Health Guru - https://www.beehealth.guru Kansas Dept. of Ag SAVE - https://portal.nifa.usda.gov/web/crisprojectpages/1013030-service-member-agricultural-vocation-education-save-a-pathway-to-farming-for-transitioning-service-members-and-veterans.html SAVE the Farm - https://www.thesavefarm.org Honey Bee Obscura Podcast - https://www.honeybeeobscura.com

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