North Carolina bee expert demonstrates queen bee health on Capitol Hill

As Congress considers the Farm Bill and agricultural appropriations, agricultural researchers from a variety of disciplines are updating Congressional members and staff on research covering current challenges and emerging threats in agriculture, food and natural resources.

David Tarpy, CALS professor of entomology and Extension apiculturist, is participating in a national exhibition in Washington, D.C., on June 6 to help demonstrate how multiple types of U.S. Department of Agriculture funding (intramural, extramural, competitive and capacity) work together to bolster American innovation.

His exhibit focuses on queen bee health – specifically, how NC State’s interdisciplinary research decreases queen bee loss. USDA-sponsored research helps NC State identify key factors that make queens better, which in turn makes their colonies healthier. The exhibit spotlights NC State’s Queen & Disease Clinic, supported by USDA-NIFA; and the BeeMORE program, through which minority students learn bee microbe research, including queen diseases.

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