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Join Nicole and Dr. Meghan Milbrath of Michigan State University as they talk about selective queen breeding
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- Selective queen breeding techniques for the backyard beekeeper
- Why the varroa mite is so detrimental to bees
- Why treatment free beekeeping does more harm than good
Dr. Meghan Milbrath began working bees with her father as a child over 20 years ago, and now owns and manages The Sand Hill Apiary, a small livestock and queen rearing operation in Munith, Michigan.
She studied biology at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and received degrees in public health from Tulane University and the University of Michigan, where she focused on environmental health sciences and disease transmission risk. Meghan worked as a postdoctoral research associate under Zachary Huang at Michigan State University, studying nosema disease, and is currently an academic specialist at MSU, where she does honey bee and pollinator research and extension and is the coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative.
Meghan is active in multiple beekeeping organizations, writes for multiple beekeeping journals, and speaks about bees all over the country. She currently runs the Northern Bee Network, a directory and resource site dedicated to supporting queen producers, and she is passionate about keeping and promoting healthy bees.
RESOURCES & LINKS MENTIONED
- The Sand Hill Apiary Facebook
- Michigan State University Beekeeping YouTube
- Meghan’s Twitter
- The Sand Hill Apiary Website
- Free online class about bees – Pollinator Champions
- Email us! Ask@HeritageAcresMarket.com
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