Celebrate National Honey Month 2018 with the Next Generation of Beekeeping

Join this month's webinar featuring three young beekeepers and their efforts to protect pollinators.

We depend on bees and other pollinators to support our food production and ecosystem. Equally as important are the beekeepers themselves, who work hard each day to advance the industry and serve as stewards of pollinator health.

As the current population of beekeepers ages, it’s up to our next generation to lead the charge. This National Honey Month, join us for a webinar featuring Bayer Young Beekeeper Award winners who are doing just that, and hear about their plans to make an impact as up-and-comers in the industry.

On Sept. 25, Bayer and Bee Culture will host an interactive webinar dedicated to the future leaders of the beekeeping industry – and how we can all do our part to support their efforts.

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Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 12 - 1 PM ET


Leo SchirokauerLeo Schirokauer, researching a potential treatment for American Foulbrood disease

A senior at Shaker Heights High School in Ohio, Leo became interested in bees in fourth grade and hasn’t looked back. What began as a hobby and small business has morphed into a full-fledged research project, as Leo spends most days after school in a lab at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. There, he works tirelessly to research a potential breakthrough treatment for American Foulbrood disease, which is fatal to honey bees. Leo graduates in 2019 and hopes to study microbiology in college.




Daniel McSweenDaniel McSween, researching a method to control Varroa mites within hives

Daniel and his family have managed honey bee hives for five years. His natural curiosity led him to study the effects of Varroa mites on bee colonies, and he recently began designing experiments that test various Varroa control methods on hives across the country. At only 17 years old, Daniel has presented his findings at multiple science conferences in Texas and hopes to one day find a way to treat for Varroa mite infestation.




JD MurphyJD Murphy, leading outreach and education efforts

Jonathan “JD” Murphy, also a high school senior, helped found the Grayson County Beekeepers Association in Sherman, Texas, and is working on establishing a scholarship fund for students interested in learning more about beekeeping – which is exactly how he got involved in the industry. He and his father manage several hives every season. Committed to education and outreach, JD speaks at local schools and community events about the important role honey bees play in pollinating many of the foods we eat.