Officers and Executive Committee
PRESIDENT: RANDY VERHOEK -
a South Dakota native, and his wife Roberta started keeping bees in 1990 and
Harvest Honey was formed when an opportunity arose to purchase 750 beehives
from Roberta’s grandfather in north central Kansas and be mentored from his 60
years of experience.
By 1993, the
operation was expanded to 1,500 hives and also began to move bees to central
California for almond pollination.
In 1997, the
operation was running 4,000 hives due to an increased demand for bees for
pollination. This same year, the business started a transition to move the
operation to Bismarck, ND—finishing the move in 1998.
In 2003, a
separate business founded as IntegriBees, LLC was formed with the purchase of a
bee operation in Danbury, TX. The Danbury operation is now the base operation
for raising queens and bees for Texas and North Dakota honey production, as
well as wintering bees until they are sent to California for almond
currently serves as the President of the American Honey Producers Association
and is on the board of directors of the National Honey Bee Advisory Board and
founding member of the National Pollinator Defense Fund.
beekeeping Randy worked as a mechanic, welder and in auto body repair field
which all lend well to operating a large bee operation.
two daughters Rochelle and Rebekah.
COX - MENDON, UT
is president of Cox Honey of Utah, LLC. A fourth generation beekeeper, Cox’s
family started keeping bees in St. George, Utah in the late 1800’s.
In 1929 Cox
Honey was incorporated as a family business. Darren bought and took over
operation of Cox Honey from his father, Duane Cox, in 2002. He manages between
4,000 and 5,000 hives of honeybees.
nominated to the EPA Farm, Ranch, and Rural Committees Advisory Committee in
2007; appointed as chairman for the American Honey Producers Association Ag
Advisory Board in 2008; appointed as Chairman for the National Honey Bee
Advisory Board in 2009-2010; board member of National Pollinator Defense Fund;
elected delegate for the American Honey Producers Association for the state of
Utah since 2008, and currently serves as Vice President of the American Honey
COX - MENDON, UT
lived in Utah most of her life, and lived in Kenya, Africa for two years. She
was employed by Sprint, and managed a coffee roasting company for several years. Cassie also
worked for a commercial fossil dealership and spent some time digging up
fossils and dinosaur bones in Utah and Wyoming.
Cassie has an
Associate's Degree in Graphic Art and Media Design, as well as eighteen years
office management experience, and fourteen years bee industry experience. She
has two children-a son, Randy and a daughter, Jaime.
TREASURER: KELVIN ADEE - BRUCE,
Growing up in a commercial beekeeping family Kelvin
developed his interest beekeeping at a young age, learning the business and the
science from his father. As a third generation beekeeper, he also gathered
beekeeping knowledge from his grandfather, uncles and cousins who have been
involved in beekeeping operations. He
attended college in Bartlesville, OK and earned a BA degree in Business and
Accounting. Upon graduation he returned
to the beekeeping business and has been actively involved in growing the
business into an 80,000 colony farm operating in multiple states. Kelvin lives in Brookings and works out of
the home office in Bruce, SD. He oversees the queen rearing/nuc operation in Mississippi
and Texas along with company-wide honey production.
In addition to beekeeping, Kelvin has served on boards in
various positions for the state beekeeping association and the national
association. He is active in his community and his church and has served
numerous years on the school board.
Kelvin married his high-school sweetheart Darla and recently
celebrated 30 years of marriage. They have four grown sons and four
grandchildren. Three of Kelvin’s sons
have joined him working full time in the beekeeping business, and the forth is
a student. He also enjoys working in the business with his father, Richard,
brother, Bret and his sister Marla.
MARK JENSEN - POWER, MT
Jensen is part-owner of Smoot Honey Company, a family owned business, in Power,
MT. Smoot Honey runs 5,600 colonies for honey production just east of the Rocky
Mountain Front in Central Montana. They have been a package operation since
1964 producing around 650,000 pounds of quality Montana honey each season.
has served as the Montana State Beekeeper’s Association president and on the
AHPA Executive Committee and is currently AHPA Immediate Past President
and Legislative Chair. He is also the editor of AHPA’s Honey Producer Magazine,
currently sits as a board member on the National Honey Board and holds degrees
in Environmental Biology and Psychology from the University of Montana,
Missoula. Mark and his wife, Carrie, have 2 children: Andrew, 14 and Maggie,
STEVEN COY - PERKINSON, MS
is a third generation beekeeper who with his father and two brothers operate
Coy’s Honey Farm, Inc. they manage 12,000 colonies in Arkansas,
Mississippi and Southeast Missouri. The Coy’s are members of Sioux Honey
the current President of the Russian Honey Bee Breeders Association, and is
active in the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree
in Plant Science, and a Master’s Degree in Biology, both from Arkansas State
to his work as a beekeeper, he also worked as a research assistant on the
control of Tarnished Plant Bug in Cotton at ASU, and as a research technician
at the USDA Biological Control Research Unit in Stoneville, MS.
DOUG HAUKE - MARSHFIELD, WI
manages the Hauke Honey Corporation, a 3,000 colony operation which produces
and packages honey at its FDA/USDA inspected facility in Marshfield, WI and he
also produces nucs and queens in East Texas.
on the board of at Project Apis m. and had the opportunity to work several
seasons at the Madison Bee Lab under Dr. Eric Erickson and E.R. Harp. Doug
earned degrees in bacteriology and virology from the University of Wisconsin.
SANROMA - BUNKIE, LA
Joe Sanroma is a manager, for the
Cards who own Merrimack Valley Apiaries/Evergreen Honey Company which operates
out of Louisiana, Massachusetts,
and New York. MVA/EHC runs 26,000 colonies for honey
production and pollination along the East Coast and California.
Joe grew up in Massachusetts, and
started working at Merrimack Valley Apiaries at the age of 14. In 1997, Joe moved to Louisiana
to manage the newly formed Evergreen Honey Company which produces honey and
pollinates in California. He cares for bees from MVA producing nucs for
sale, increase colonies that pollinate in the Northeast, and honey. They raise over 60,000 queen cells over the
year. Joe has been working for MVA/EHC
for 30 years.
In addition to being on the
Executive Board for AHPA, Joe also serves as president of the Louisiana
Beekeepers Association, and is on the USDA/ARS Research Lab committee chair. Joe has been instrumental in the
collaboration between MVA/EHC and the USDA labs on various area wide research
projects. Joe is married, his wife Donna
owns Sunshine Honey Bees which raises queens.
They have five children.
COMMITTEE: RYAN COSYNS - MADERA, CA
Ryan Cosyns is a fourth generation farmer from
Madera, California. In 2005, the family farming business had an
opportunity to purchase a beekeeping operation with 3,500 hives, a syrup
business, and a brokerage business. This purchase became Ryan’s full-time
job, and new career. The operation currently operates out of Chowchilla,
California. Ryan has just begun his eighth year in the business.
completed the Almond Board Industry Leadership Program in 2009, and currently serves on the Almond Board of California’s Industry
Services Committee. He is the Madera County Representative for the
California Farm Bureau Bee Advisory Committee. Ryan is a member of the
California State Beekeepers Association.
Ryan and his wife, Leslie, keep busy with their four children, a son and three daughters ranging in age from three to thirteen years