Bee Farmers Association

Members of the BFA will trial the sensors and give feedback for improvements and solutions for development

John Howat, Company Secretary
Swarmonitor Project Coordinator

John Howat

Following a career in IT, from programmer in the early 1970's to senior manager at a public utility in the 1990's, John took early retirement and bought a small commercial bee farming business. His interest in beekeeping started in 1983 and following an intensive course at Sparsholt Agricultural college he grew my hive numbers to around 20 until the transfer to full-time beekeeping. John became secretary of the BFA (which at that time was a small association run by volunteers) and dealt with Government, The National Bee Unit, The Vetinary Medicines dept., NFU, press..... The load expanded as the BFA became a bigger player in the political arena, and in 2013 the BFA became a limited company with two paid employees - a General Secretary and an Administration Officer. The BFA set up a highly regarded Apprenticeship Scheme to bring on young bee farmers, and many other initiatives.