CATCH THE BUZZ – Bart Smith, Beltsville Bee Lab, Retires

Bart Smith - BUZZ

Bart Smith retired on December 31, 2015 after working 13 years as a support scientist at the USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory (BRL) in Beltsville, MD. His duties included running the bee disease diagnostic lab, and he had overall responsibility for the 400 honey bee colonies maintained by the BRL for research purposes. While the BRL’s diagnostic service remains in good shape thanks to Bart’s leadership and mentorship, he will be sorely missed for his hard work at the BRL and for his extensive service to bees and beekeepers. Prior to coming to the BRL, Bart worked as State Apiary Inspector at the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) for 27 years, leading their bee health and educational programs. From 1984 to 2002 he served as secretary of the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA), and he continues as a leader for his local (Anne Arundel County) and state clubs. Bart received an MS degree in entomology from the University of Maryland where he investigated the bee louse, Braula coeca, a wingless fly that is found only on honey bees. He is eagerly anticipating more time with Rosemary and his family and more time to travel the U.S.