Want to know more about bees? Have you ever considered having some bee hives? Or perhaps you’d like to know what you can do on your own property to protect the bees’ environment. Join us for this 2-part beekeeping seminar, held online via Zoom. FREE to attend.

Presenters are from Michigan State University, Bayer, Service member Agricultural Vocation Education (SAVE) Corp and Kansas State University.

SESSION 1, April 11, 10:00 AM


Meeting ID: 768 279 100

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Session 1:  Dr. Adam Ingrao is an Extension Specialist at Michigan State University Extension. He holds a BS in Agriculture and Environmental Plant Science from California Polytechnic State University and a PhD in Entomology from Michigan State University. He is the founder and lead instructor for MSUE’s Heroes to Hives program, the largest beekeeping education program for military veterans and their dependents in the US & owns and operates Bee Wise Farms LLC with his partner Lacey Ingrao.


Session 1:  Dr. James D Masucci (Jim) is a molecular biologist who found a way to combine day-job with hobby.  Being both a beekeeper and a bee researcher gives him the perspective of knowing what’s important scientifically and what’s meaningful to the beekeeper.  Jim has been with Monsanto/Bayer for 22 years where he worked in Biotechnology, Regulatory, and Chemistry.  In 2014, he joined the Bee Health Team and ran the field trial program to develop a novel Varroa-control product.  Since 2016, he has run some of the largest honeybee field trials ever performed to evaluate how our RNAi-based product compares with what’s commercially on the market.

SESSION 2, April 18, 10:00 AM


Meeting ID: 870 4347 5576

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Session 2: Gary LaGrange COL US Army (Ret) is the founder of Service member Agricultural Vocation Education (SAVE) Corp. He is a 28-year veteran of the US Army. Gary is a Master Beekeeper having completed the University of Montana’s rigorous course. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree from the University of Iowa and a Master’s Degree from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the US Army War College.  Bee keeping is just one of the areas SAVE provides training and education.  Bee keeping training, including commercial bee keeping, is provided through on-line courses through the University of Montana and hands-on training from a Master Beekeeper. Over 400 have been trained. SAVE has 350 beehives and will increase that amount to over 500 in 2020.


Session 2: Sharon Dobesh began with IFC in June 2017 as the Director of Technical Services.  She has over 16 years experience as an Extension Specialist at Kansas State University in Pesticide Safety and IPM Programming, Honeybee Specialist, and as the Great Plains Diagnostic Network Associate Director. Sharon worked 7 years for the Missouri Department of Agriculture as a Plant Protection Specialist inspecting nursery stock, greenhouses, turf farms, and exports.  She is currently working on a PhD in stored product insects, specifically warehouse beetle and larger cabinet beetle.  In May 2018 she completed a Graduate Certificate in Food Safety and Defense; both degrees from Kansas State University.  She has held an M.S. in Entomology from Kansas State University for the last 25 years and a B.S. in Crop Protection-Entomology option from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.