Category Archives: Meetings

Christmas Party – December 9, 2017

merry-christmasJoin us for the annual Christmas Party at 6:00 pm on December 9th.

We will be meeting at The Lantern Restaurant at 304 North Main Street, Dobson, NC 27017 [ map ].

Attendees pay for their own meals. As always, there will be a lot of door prizes. You must be an active member to get a ticket for the door prize give-aways.

Winter Preparations – November 13, 2017

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm bees

November 13, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Join us for a discussion of how to prepare your bees for winter. Learn some tips for increasing the bees chance of survival.

Bring your questions and stories about successes from past years.

 

Honey Extracting Workshop – September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Join us for a demonstration of various ways to process honey from your bees. We’ll have a 4 frame honey extractor and other tools available for you to try out and learn more about.

If you have honey that needs to be extracted, bring your frames and jars and let the group help you out.

Also, don’t forget that the club has it’s own extractor that was donated by Blue Ridge Bee Supply that you can borrow. [ details here ]

 

What to Expect at the NCSBA Summer Conference – July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

The state conference is later this week in Winston-Salem and there’s lots of reasons to attend. Come find out what you can expect.

Read more about the conference: [ NCSBA Summer Conference ]

NCSBA Summer Conference and Centennial Celebration – July 13-15, 2017

Celebrating 100 Years – Educating for the Next 100! July 13th, 14th & 15th
Embassy Suites Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Featured Speakers:

Jon Zawislak
Jon is the apiculture specialist for the University of Arkansas with a strong background in entomology and botany. Extension and beekeeping education are some of his major interests.

Dr. James Wilson
Dr. Wilson is the new faculty apiculturist at Virginia Tech. With an undergraduate degree from NCSU and a PhD from VT, Dr. Wilson has plenty of beekeeping information to share.

Katy C. Evans
Katy was the 2015 recipient of the EAS Foundation for Honey Bee Research Award. This award made possible the research with Dr. Debbie Delaney at the U of Delaware that led to her Master’s Thesis. Katy now works with one of Dr. Tarpy’s former postdocs, Dr. Margarita Lopez-Uribe at Penn State University.

Dr. David Tarpy
Professor and Extension Apiculturist, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, NCSU.

Schedule and Registration Information: https://www.ncbeekeepers.org/education/statewide-conferences/ncsbA-2017-summer-conference

Thursday, July 13, 2017, “Before the Conference Begins”

Master Beekeeper Related Events
10 am We will  present a refresher for “Journeyman and Beyond” 2 hours of preparing to test for Journeyman and Masters exams

Written test for the Certified, Journeyman, and Masters will be given on Friday from 1 pm to 4 pm. NO TEST ISSUED AFTER 2PM and again Saturday from 9am till noon.  NO TEST ISSUED AFTER 10AM.  Bring your own pencil.  NO BOOKS, PHONES OR PAPERS ALLOWED IN THE TESTING AREA.

Please preregister for the testing time you would like and indicate your NCSBA member number and test level to mbp@ncbeekeepers.org

Not taking the exam but have questions?

Also at 10 am on Thursday, “What you always wanted to know”, Questions & Answer, all about Beekeeping, Ask the “EXPERTS” Moderators will be Master Beekeepers, Diana Almond and Randall Austin along with State Inspector and Master Beekeeper Lewis Cauble and State Inspector and EAS Master Beekeeper Greg Fariss.

The Biology of the Varroa Mite – June 12, 2017

Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss

June 12, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

State Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss will be back to talk about the biology of the varroa mite (Varroa destructor). The varroa mite is currently the biggest threat to our honey bees and in order to effectively manage them in the bee yard, we need to understand about their biology and the life cycle of the female varroa in particular. Please join us for this excellent presentation.

Thermal Solutions for Controlling Mites – May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Lynn Williams, President of Bee Hive Thermal Industries will be our speaker for May.  He will be discussing the uses of thermal solutions to control Varroa Mite populations in bee hives.  You can learn more about thermotherapy and the “Mighty Mite Killer” product at the Bee Hive Thermal Industries website at:

Lynn has also provided a couple of documents that you may find interesting.

Bee Hive Thermal Industries Brochure

Mite Elimination Thermotherapy 2015 Report

Swarm Prevention – April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

State Apiary Inspector,  Greg Fariss will be back to discuss swarm prevention and control. There are multiple ways to prevent swarms and Greg will cover some of the most popular and share what he’s found to be most successful.

Winter Equipment Prep – February 13, 2017

February 13, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

SCBA will be starting off the year with a program discussing beekeeping equipment and what you should be doing this winter to prepare for spring.  We’ll cover things you can be doing and talking about equipment from hive bodies and frames to smokers and feeders. There will be hands-on demonstrations for those new to beekeeping or anyone wanting to learn a different method for assembling hive bodies and frames.

This is a good opportunity to learn some new tricks even if you’re an old dog! Please join us.

USDA Farm Service Agency Assistance to Beekeepers – October 10, 2016

flood damageOctober 10, 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill) authorized up to $20 million in a fiscal year (FY) for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP). The program provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish.

What does this mean to beekeepers in Surry County and surrounding counties?  Lindsey Carico, County Executive Director for Carroll and Grayson Counties in Virginia will join us to discuss the Farm bill and how beekeepers can apply for assistance.

You can read the Farm Bill here:
http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/elap_honeybee_fact_sht.pdf