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Agricultural Inspector – Career Connections – WOUB

October 9, 2019


(male)
I’ve been living here
for 15 years. There’s eight acres,
and I garden. I’d be out here mowing
these eight acres, and at the end of the summer,
I would say, “Man I’m out here
in the country. I don’t think I’ve seen a dozen
honeybees all summer long.” So I started looking
into honeybees and found out we had a problem
with honeybees. We don’t have honeybees
like we used to. We have problems with pesticides
and diseases and lack of forage. So I spent all
of that year and into that winter
studying honeybees, and I got
my first hive of bees and placed them right there
years ago. From there on,
I became a beekeeper. The more I’ve done this, I’ve gotten to the point that
I don’t care about the honey, and I still do
some pollination, but I enjoy beekeeping, so I became
a county apiary inspector for the Ohio Department
of Agriculture. This is the good stuff. This is what
I like to look at. This is nectar. The inspector program
here in Ohio I believe was started
around 1904. And it was started
for the purpose of trying to prevent
the spread of diseases, the worst one being
American foulbrood. American foulbrood can wipe out
your own hives. It can spread to every hive
in the area. So it’s all about inspecting
for diseases. So I go through the counties
that I inspect and I’m looking
for diseases and pests to keep from spreading. Without inspectors,
diseases and pests are left out here unchecked. So we have to have inspectors
out here just to ensure the health of these colonies
out here because they are so important, not necessarily for honey,
but for pollination here in the state of Ohio
and everywhere else. With a little luck– This one right here has
a queen in it that is marked. There she is. Honeybees are only important
as long as you like to eat. Now if you don’t like
to eat, then I guess honeybees
aren’t important at all. Honeybees are responsible
for 1/3 of the food you eat. They pollinate all your fruits,
a lot of your vegetables. I don’t care if you’re
10 years old or 80 years old, seek out your local bee club,
go to a meeting. There’s where your wealth
of information is. They’re all over
the state of Ohio. There’s probably– About every 40 miles or so, there will be a beekeeping club
in this area. Some day I’ll be too old
to be a beekeeper. I won’t be able to physically
do this anymore, but I’ll still like
to eat strawberries. And what I want is
I want these kids out here– If I could talk to 30 kids and just one of them
becomes a beekeeper, that one kid goes on
to have honeybees to pollinate the strawberries
that I’ll still like to eat when I can no longer
be a beekeeper. So pollination is the most
important job of a honeybee. Funding to purchase and make
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