2020 Bayer Bee Care Blue Ribbon Beekeeper Award

Bayer celebrates pollinator enthusiasts and beekeepers who share the benefits of bees with their community.

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The Bayer Blue Ribbon Beekeeper Award, sponsored by the North American Bayer Bee Care Program, recognizes the next generation of beekeepers (12-18 years old) and their efforts to give back to their communities through activities that support honey bee and pollinator health. The award honors young leaders who have created unique projects on their own or with their local communities to promote and protect bee health for years to come. Each entrant will have the chance to earn a $3,000 (first), $2,000 (second) or $1,000 (third) place prize, which can be applied toward continuing their beekeeping efforts or a college scholarship.

The 2020 Blue Ribbon Beekeeper Award application is now open! See below for application details and official rules.

In the meantime, read more about past winners and their BEE-autiful efforts to protect pollinators here.

Deadline: August 21, 2020

The 2020 Bayer Bee Care Program Blue Ribbon Beekeeper Award provides entrants between the ages of 12 and 18 the opportunity to win a $3,000 (first place), $2,000 (second place) or $1,000 (third place) prize to support honey bee and pollinator initiatives in their schools or communities or to be applied toward college tuition. Any student under 18 who has approval from a legal guardian as well as a sponsoring mentor, such as an apiarist/beekeeper, entomologist, grower, community leader, teacher, school official, etc., may apply.

To apply, complete the entry form and attach answers to the two essay questions as well as a letter of recommendation from an apiarist, a grower, a community leader or a member of a relevant organization, such as beekeeper, growing or gardening association. The award winners are selected from the applicant pool by a panel of industry judges.

The award recipient will be required to:

  • Be featured in brand-owned content (e.g. website articles, social media and blog posts, etc.) and photos for print, broadcast and online media, as well as participate in relevant media interviews on behalf of the program, as needed*
  • Provide a biannual update until one year after receipt of the award on relevant activities and use of funds received from Bayer.

*By signing the 2020 Blue Ribbon Beekeeper Award application, the legal guardian grants Bayer permission to recognize the student, including but not limited to the use of photos in brand content, print, broadcast and online media, should he or she win. Additionally, if interested, the student may be given the opportunity to attend or speak at one or two events or activities (which may take place virtually) throughout the year at a mutually convenient time (all expenses paid). Speaking opportunities for the young beekeeper will be based solely on the student’s interest, and, if needed, travel arrangements will be made for the student, legal guardian and/or sponsoring mentor, accordingly as appropriate.

Bayer Bee Care Program Blue Ribbon Beekeeper Award 2020 Official Rules


APPLICATION FOR BLUE RIBBON BEEKEEPER

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ESSAY QUESTIONS TO BE COMPLETED BY THE STUDENT (No more than 700 words per question):

  1. Give us a short history of your work with honey bees or pollinators OR describe why you are interested in beginning work with honey bees or pollinators.

  2. Describe the success of your efforts to help honey bees or pollinators OR your plan for how you will help honey bees or pollinators in the future.

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MEET THE JUDGES

Aimee Hood
Aimee Hood

Regulatory and Scientific Engagement Lead, Crop Science, a division of Bayer

Aimee Hood is the head of regulatory and scientific engagement for Crop Science, a division of Bayer. Her team of scientists has responsibility for engaging with scientists about the safety and benefits of Bayer’s portfolio of products and empowering internal scientists to advocate for science. Aimee is a STEM advocate and serves as president of a local high school’s advisory board and chairs their annual golf tournament. She has a degree in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2018, Bayer named her Working Mother of the Year.
Joan Gunter
Joan Gunter

President, American Beekeeping Federation

Joan Gunter was raised in rural North Dakota on the family farm. After college, she taught school on all levels for 10 years while raising two boys with her husband Dwight. Joan and Dwight of Towner, North Dakota, have been commercial migratory beekeepers for over 30 years traveling to Mississippi, Texas and California. The family-owned company is primarily engaged in honey production, queen rearing, pollination and the sale of bees. Joan currently serves as president of the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) as well as trustee for the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees. She is also active with the National Honey Board, the Honey Bee Health Coalition and the state beekeeping organizations of North Dakota, Mississippi and Texas.
Brandon Hopkins
Brandon Hopkins, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor, Apiary and Laboratory Manager, Washington State University

Hopkins is an assistant professor at Washington State University in the Department of Entomology. He was a leader in the development of cryopreservation of honey bee germplasm, which enabled establishment of the world’s first honey bee germplasm repository at WSU. He also administers the WSU Disease and Diagnostic Lab, providing beekeepers timely information on colony health.
Grace Kunkel
Grace Kunkel

Communications Coordinator, Project Apis m.

Grace has worked with insects in some form or another over the last ten years. At the University of Maryland she was first introduced to bees through coursework and then used those skills to help with ongoing research. Grace received her master’s degree after studying honey bee toxicology and hive dynamics. Since then she has supported several bee related projects including the APHIS National Honey Bee Survey and different initiatives through the Bee Informed Partnership. More recently she was studying honey bee nutrition at Land O Lakes/Purina, and then back to toxicology. Grace joined the PAm team in the fall of 2020.
Jake Reisdorf
Jake Reisdorf

First-ever Young Beekeeper Award winner and 2019 Blue Ribbon Beekeeper Award winner; CEO, Carmel Honey Company

Entrepreneur and founder of Carmel Honey Company, Jake manages more than 100 hives in his California community, has two specialty retail honey stores and runs an online shop, shipping honey across the United States. As a high school student, he leads the community by example and seeks to share his knowledge of pollinators with the next generation.