Russian Honeybees for Beekeepers
Grant Award: $6,000
Ray is increasing the production of bees, honey and queens; developing wax products; and working with the USDA-ARS Abee Lab and Russian Honey Bee Breeders Association to improve two genetic lines of Russian queens. He is breeding for mite resistance, temperament and honey production.
Ray anticipates doubling the size of his operation in the next two years and doubling and tripling his income.