Goehring appoints state apiary inspector

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has appointed Samantha Brunner as state apiary inspector.

“North Dakota is fortunate to have someone with Samantha's education and research background to take on this important position,” Goehring said.

A Minnesota native, Brunner earned a degree in biology with a minor in environmental studies from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and later earned master's degree in natural resources management from North Dakota State University where her research and coursework concentrated on entomology.

She joined the North Dakota Department of Agriculture last year as a plant protection specialist.

In her new position, Brunner will oversee the state's apiary inspection program, including supervision of field staff.

North Dakota has been the nation's top honey producing state since 2004. Last year, the state's 201 licensed beekeepers produced more than 34 million pounds of honey, averaging 69 pounds per colony. Last year we had 484,398 registered colonies and 201 licensed beekeepers.  

Most North Dakota beekeepers take their colonies to other states in colder months. Approximately 37 percent of the state's licensed beekeepers move to California for the winter.