Gordon Waller Retires; DATCP Seeks New Apiary Inspector

After 22 seasons, Gordon Waller is retiring from his position as an inspector with the apiary program at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.  Gordon spent his summers visiting beekeepers around NW Wisconsin checking hives for diseases and pests. Beekeepers welcomed his broad and deep knowledge of beekeeping, and his visits were as much about education as inspecting. We have been incredibly privileged to have Gordon on staff with us.

Beekeepers develop HoneyBEE app for fun and learning

Dr. Meghan Milbrath, an extension and outreach specialist at Michigan State University, and Tammy Horn Potter, Kentucky State Apiarist, have designed a new app for the development of beekeeping skills through the management of virtual honey bee colonies. The name is HoneyBEE, short for Beekeeping Electronic Education. HoneyBEE will be a real-life simulation game that will enable players to experience the joys and challenges of keeping a hive in a variety of environments.