I developed an interest beekeeping when I found a position working for a commercial beekeeper in North Dakota. For the next 8 years, I helped maintain over 2000 hives. I decided to attend North Dakota State University to pursue my research interests in honey bees, and ultimately gained a B.S. And M.S. Degree in Biology with a research focus on how nutrition influences queen quality. After graduation, I decided I wanted to work more closely with beekeepers, and serve as a liaison between institutional research and commercial beekeepers. Now, as part of the Midwest Tech-Transfer Team, I provide extension services to beekeepers in both MN and ND. Our goal is to assist beekeepers, help them maintain healthy colonies, and provide them information they can use to make more informed management decisions. I am excited to be an integral part of the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) because I not only get to communicate closely with commercial beekeepers, but I have the opportunity to provide beekeepers with solutions.