The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved a grant of $5,554 in state funds for the KQBBA to improve Kentucky’s apiary stock and disease traceability. The grant pairs with matching funds from a U.S. Department of Agriculture Critical Agriculture, Research,
and Extension (CARE) grant, coordinated with Purdue University, where the mite-biting queens were developed.  Purdue was awarded this grant in 2016. The grant included Kentucky and four other states. State Apiarist Tammy Potter wrote Kentucky’s part of this grant. Queens can be bred and grafted to promote the ability to attack the Varroa mite hive parasite.
Queens with this trait bite the parasites’ legs, causing them to bleed to death. The grant will facilitate field assessments of hives and
instruction in queen bee selection among beekeepers
participating in the Honey Bee Health Survey