Heartland Honey Bee Breeders Cooperative

A group of passionate and dedicated queen producers, researchers and beekeepers gathered in Cookeville, TN on July 12, 2013 to form the Heartland Honey Bee Breeders Cooperative.  The HHBBC will be an independent organization to function as a link connecting the work of the various state, club and university level queen breeding initiatives in the heartland states.  Representatives from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky connected during the 2013 HAS conference to form the regional cooperative.

The Heartland Honey Bee Breeders Cooperative will facilitate sharing of best practices on queen rearing / breeding projects between members.   HHBBC members may explore evaluating and sharing genetics and stock with the goal of producing quality queens of excellence that are adapted to the states and region.

West Central Ohio Beekeepers Association president and Ohio State Beekeepers Association board member Dwight Wells was on hand and facilitated the HHBBC formation meeting.  Joe Kovaleski of the Buckeye Queen Breeders Initiative also attended to represent Ohio on the HHBBC.  

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