Joe Traynor was born to Roger and Madeline Traynor in Oakland, CA. He moved to Berkeley, where he graduated from high school. He served two years in the Army. He went to University of California at Davis, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Pomology, and received his Master's Degree in Soil Science.

Joe went to work for Valley Pollination Service, Bakersfield, CA, under Charles Reed, where he was introduced to the world of beekeeping. At one time, Joe had purchased and run 600 colonies of bees. Joe had also worked for a fertilizer company, an Ag consulting company, and Superior Farms (Now Paramount Farms). Since 1973, Joe has owned and operated Scientific Ag. Co., which is both a pollination service modeled after Valley Pollination Service and a consultation service in soil fertility and plant nutrition.

Joe has authored 2 books, "Ideas in Soil and Plant Nutrition" and "Almond Pollination Handbook for Almond Growers and Beekeepers". He has donated the profits for bee research, primarily for parasitic mite control.

Joe Traynor is the father of 3 children, Pen, Patrick, and Pamela, and has 3 grandchildren, Patrick, Christopher, and Cosette. He has been married to his wife Nema for 39 Years.

His hobbies include reading, writing, hiking, swimming, and bicycling. He road his bike through France with a group of cyclists, and bicycled through Czechoslovakia with his daughter.

Joe's book, Honey - The Gourmet Medicine, was published in 2002. The book summarizes recent scientific studies on the health benefits of honey and is available from BookMasters (800)247-6553 or

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