Véto-pharma S.A., the French veterinary pharmaceutical company specializing in honey bee health, announced today that Phillip Craft, former state apiarist for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, has been named to the new position of U.S. technical advisor for Véto-pharma’s Apivar® honeybee miticide product line.
“Phil has worked with beekeepers, beekeepers’ organizations, apiculture extension specialists and scientists for more than a decade, and is very familiar with the needs of commercial and hobbyist beekeepers,” says José Nobre, Véto-pharma’s president and chief executive officer. “With his strong track record as an educator and communicator, Phil will be an excellent liaison between Véto-pharma and its U.S. customer base, working with our distributors and beekeeper associations to foster healthy apiaries nation-wide.”
Craft served as Kentucky’s state apiarist from 1999 through 2011. He is a past president and past chairman of the Heartland Apicultural Society, past program chairman of the Eastern Apicultural Society, and past president of the Apiary Inspectors of America. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Oberlin College in Ohio, and a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky.
During his tenure as state apiarist, Craft helped establish a network of six beekeeping schools and expand the number of local beekeeper associations in Kentucky from 15 in 1999 to more than 40 in 2011. He created a web site, www.philcrafthivecraft.com, and an email newsletter that have attracted a large audience of beekeepers across the U.S. He writes a monthly education column for Bee Culture magazine, and is a popular speaker at beekeeping events across the country.
Apivar is a miticide used to treat honey bee colonies for Varroa mites, one of the leading causes of global honey bee population decline and a contributing factor in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Apivar kills up to 99 percent of Varroa mites in one application; it has proven safe and effective for more than 15 years; it leaves no significant residues in hive products; and, it is convenient and easy to use. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency granted Section 3 registration approval to Apivar on March 11, 2013.