Category Archives: Meetings

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

The Oxalic Acid Vaporization Method – September 12, 2016

Ox-man-2WSeptember 12, 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Dave Simpson will join us to explain everything you need to know about using the vaporization method with oxalic acid.  You’ll learn about what equipment you need, why you need to wear protective clothing, and why the number of times you need to treat are affected by what’s happening in the hive.

For folks who are not interested in purchasing the equipment necessary for vaporization but would like to try using oxalic acid in their hives, the drench (or dribble) method is also available.  Instructions are available under the “Resources” tab or by click this link:

 

Blue Ridge Bee Supply Donates Extractor

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FBplaqueAt the SCBA meeting on July 11th, Blue Ridge Bee Supply presented the chapter with a four-frame extractor. The extractor will be available to members of the chapter for use extracting their honey. A hot knife will also be purchased by the chapter to be used by anyone wishing to use it.

Blue Ridge Bee Supply continues to support the Surry Beekeepers and beekeepers throughout the area by sponsoring special events, holding monthly workshops (many of them hands-on) and now providing members of SCBA with the means for extracting honey.

Please show your appreciation by visiting the folks at Blue Ridge Bee Supply.

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