Farm and Dairy Showcases OQBIP’s Mission
In November 2021, Farm and Dairy writer Gail Keck interviewed the co-founders of The Ohio Queen Bee Improvement Project, Zale Maxwell and Dwight Wells, to discuss what their mission is with this venture. With the decline of honeybees, the two shared concepts that could help beekeepers around the state improve their stock on an annual…
An Introduction From The Ohio Queen Bee Improvement Project
Welcome to The Ohio Queen Bee Improvement Project. Our goal is to promote beekeeping of all levels through education, mentorship, and networking opportunities throughout the state of Ohio and beyond. We thank you for the patience in the growth of this venture. Over the next few months, we will roll out our pillars for the…
Dwight’s passion is promoting sustainable beekeeping. This creates low over-wintering losses, mentoring, and educating beekeepers. Dwight currently works on several projects focusing on on feral honey bees with both Penn State University and Purdue University. The focus on the studies involve chasing feral swarms with swarm traps, then evaluating the chewing behavior of the feral colonies. In 2019, Dwight started a project to distribute 48-hour queen cells, mature queen cells, or unmated queens within the Heartland Honey Bee Breeder Cooperative (HHBBC) region.
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