Dr. Adam Joseph Ingrao
Adam is a proud fourth generation US Army veteran and the resident insect expert at Bee Wise Farms where he manages all aspects of Bee Wise's beekeeping operation and sustainable pest management program. Adam is the co-founder (along with Lacey) and National Director of the Heroes to Hives program, the largest beekeeping education program for veterans in the US (a program Lacey and Adam founded at Bee Wise Farms in 2015 that's trained over 2,000 veterans in the art and science of beekeeping) and serves as an outreach specialist for Michigan Food and Farming Systems. He has authored numerous peer reviewed manuscripts on beneficial insects and was recently a co-author of the book Honey Bee Medicine for the Veterinary Practitioner.
Additionally, Adam has been a key figure in advocating for agriculture training programs for veterans at local, state and national levels, including giving official testimonies to the MI Legislature and US Senate. His advocacy work for farmer veterans also includes being the founder and former director of the Michigan Food and Farming Systems' Vets in Ag Network and the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan. He holds a BS in Agriculture and Plant Science from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) and a PhD in Entomology from Michigan State University. Passions include: Nature, family, insects, working with fellow veterans, and of course farming!