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New State Apiarist for Iowa
This article was published originally on 3/26/2008
It is my pleasure to introduce the new State Apiarist at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Andrew Joseph. Andy started in late February, and has been restarting apiary programs that were curtailed when the State Apiarist position was suspend in 2001 because of departmental budget constraints. Maury Wills, Bureau Chief for the Agricultural Diversification and Market Development Bureau, has been maintaining basic apiarist's duties in addition to his other full-time responsibilities for the past seven years. The State Apiarist's responsibilities will be divided as follows:
It has been a pleasure working with Andy over the last month as his enthusiasm concerning apiary opportunities in Iowa is contagious. Andy remarked that he feels very fortunate to have been given this opportunity to serve the beekeepers and beekeeping industry in this state. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I never could have guessed when first starting out with an interest in bees and a couple hives of bees that my life, career, and family would become so entwined with these insects and the people who keep them.Ã¢â‚¬Â Andy and his wife, Catherine, have moved to Des Moines from Kentucky, where she managed a bookstore and Andy earned an MS degree in Entomology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Andy was an active member of beekeeping organizations on local, state, and multistate levels. AndyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s research at UK focused on bees as pollinators in monoculture, looking at the role of nectar foraging in relation to overall foraging activity and, ultimately, plant pollination. In addition to the research, Andy cared for Kentucky State University and University of KentuckyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bees including managing the annual honey sales. Please donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hesitate to contact Andy. Andrew Joseph, State ApiaristEntomology & Plant Science BureauIowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship Iowa Laboratory Facility 2230 South Ankeny Boulevard Ankeny, IA 50023 (515) 725-1481 Andrew.Joseph@IowaAgriculture.gov
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IC-499( 5) -- March 26, 2008