Seeking Experienced Beekeepers

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The Certified Master Beekeeping Program for Missouri is looking for experienced beekeepers to serve as mentors for those individuals that are just starting the program. Individuals will be compensated in one of two ways. Either by volunteer hours towards certification or by acting as a paid independent contractor to the University. We pay a set wage plus mileage for each class taught in the classroom or at our apiaries. There are currently 3 locations in Missouri with University of Missouri run apiaries, they are in Portageville, Missouri, Mt. Vernon, MO and Jefferson Farms. These locations are almost at full capacity for beekeeper instructions BUT we will need more for next year.

So, if you are interested in obtaining your certification, want to earn a little cash, or just want experience with teaching, please contact me at your earliest convenience. We’ll put you on the list 🙂

Cheers,

Dr. Moneen Jones

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Dr. Moneen Jones, Director, Missouri Pollinator Conservancy Program

Currently, I manage the non-profit, Missouri Pollinator Conservancy Program. I am also the Director of the Midwest Master Beekeeper Program, which promotes quality and standardized beekeeping education in the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Illinois. I was the Research Entomologist at the University of Missouri's Delta Research Center located in Portageville, MO. I received my doctorate from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2010, where I studied the susceptibility of Oriental fruit moth to selected insecticides and mixtures. I briefly worked with integrated pest management of bed bugs at Rutgers University as a Research Assistant for the Urban Entomology Department. Most recent research focused on management programs for the Asian citrus psyllid, the vector of citrus greening disease – a serious threat to citrus production in Florida, and citrus leafminer - a pest that contributes to the spread of canker. My research emphasized the development of efficient monitoring methods to evaluate control, economic feasibility, and impact on secondary pests to assist in making rational control decisions. I also evaluated new chemical tools for psyllid suppression and compatibility with natural enemies. I assisted growers with planning and evaluation of field tests to develop site specific season-long psyllid control which provided an information bridge between growers and researchers to communicate this information effectively to the industry.