David Hackenberg began keeping bees as a FFA project in 1962 at Mifflinburg Area High School in Pennsylvania, and by the time he graduated high school he had already started his own business maintaining several hundred hives. After serving as the president of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association and the American Beekeeping Federation and as a member of the National Honey Board, Hackenberg is presently chairman of the Honey Bee Health Advisory Board. He and his son run Hackenberg Apiaries, with 2400 active bee colonies, and own Buffy Bee Honey.
Hackenberg Apiaries is involved in the areas of pollination, trucking, honey production, and education in the beekeeping industry. Hackenberg's life's work contributes to the overall pollination of six states: Florida, California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Maine, and New York.