Category Archives: NCSBA

Protective measures of beehives during hurricanes

Hi everyone,

With track of hurricane Florence poised to make a significant impact on North Carolina, there are some important considerations for beekeepers who may be affected by the heavy rain and winds. Please further disseminate to your local network of beekeepers and share this link:

https://entomology.ces.ncsu.edu/2017/09/protective-measures-of-beehives-during-hurricanes-2/

First, make sure hive equipment is secured to resist strong winds. A simple brick on the top lid is likely to be insufficient to keep the lid from flying off in winds above 50 mph. A lidless hive can cause problems for the bees by introducing moisture and letting heat escape. Strapping the lid down with ratchet straps or securing with duct tape might be in order, particularly for outlying yards. The same is true for hive boxes, particularly if they are relatively new (i.e., the bees have not yet propolized them together sufficiently). Also consider removing unnecessary boxes (e.g., top-hive feeders) to minimize the wind profile.

Second, be sure to have the hives on sturdy stands or level ground. Entire beehives can be blown over by strong winds, particularly when they are fairly tall with many honey supers or are otherwise top heavy. If the hives are on tall or insecure stands, you can move them onto (dry) level ground temporarily to lessen the chances that they topple. Importantly, if you’re using solid bottom boards, be sure to have your hives tilting forward so that rain water does not pool and collect on the floor of the hive.

Third, beware of falling trees and tree limbs. These can be particularly problematic for beehives since they can completely crush all equipment and kill the entire colony. It is also hard to prevent with some sort of barrier or cover because of the sheer weight of many trees, so if you apiary is in a wooded location you may need to move the hives temporarily.

Fourth, make sure the hives are not in low-lying areas or those prone to flooding. River banks can be useful apiary locations because of their proximity to fresh water, but in flooding conditions entire apiaries can be tragically swept away. Be sure to move any beehives in flood plains until the waters have subsided. Beehives on the ground but in recessed areas can cause water to flood the entrances and may even suffocate the bees if not given an upper entrance.

Finally, following heavy rains like hurricanes, various local and state agencies have traditionally sprayed regions with stagnant water to control mosquito outbreaks. While important for public health, such insecticides can be extremely problematic for honey bees. If you are registered through the NCDA&CS, you will be contacted directly if your beehives are in an area schedule to be sprayed. If you are not registered, however, the state has no means to notify you and your bees may be at risk to insecticide exposure. Please consult the Agricultural Chemical manual for information and advice about how to mitigate exposure to pesticides.

Hope your bees stay safe and dry! Sincerely, David
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David R. Tarpy
Professor and Extension Apiculturist
Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology
Campus Box 7613
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7613
TEL: (919) 515-1660
FAX: (919) 515-7746
LAB: (919) 513-7702
WEB: http://entomology.ces.ncsu.edu/profile/david-tarpy/
EMAIL: david_tarpy@ncsu.edu

NC State Beekeepers Summer Conference 2018 – July 19-21, 2018


Blue Ridge Community College – Flat Rock, NC
180 W Campus Dr, Flat Rock, NC 28731
July 19,20,21
hosted by
Buncombe County Beekeepers Club
Henderson County Beekeepers Club
Haywood County Beekeepers Club
Madison County Beekeepers Club

Experience the scenic mountains of North Carolina!

Make plans now to join your fellow beekeepers for the summer meeting to be held at a spacious and beautiful, green space venue in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Flat Rock, Hendersonville and Asheville. Experience three days of excellent beekeeping presenters, participate in informative workshops, meet and shop with the major purveyors of beekeeping equipment and supplies, and enjoy the company of old friends and make new ones.

The summer meeting promises to be an excellent event with programs and presentations from:

  • Tom Seeley- Cornell University- Author of Honeybee Ecology (1985), The Wisdom of the Hive (1996), and Honeybee Democracy (2010). Dr. Seeley’s research focus is the social behavior of the honey bee.
  • Frederique Keller- President of the American Apitherapy Society- leading acupuncturist, medical herbalist will present programs on apitherapy which utilize bee venom therapy, honey, pollen, propolis, and royal jelly
  • David Tarpy- NCSU- Outstanding professor and researcher, NCSU Cooperative Extension State Apiculturist. Dr. Tarpy will present on his current research at NCSU and beekeeping issues in NC.
  • Phil Craft- Bee Culture magazine, author of “Ask Phil”
    Experienced beekeepers will present expanded beekeeper workshops featuring practical beekeeping information and Born and Bred queen rearing programs
  • North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Apiary inspectors will present beekeeping programs in apiaries located in the open green spaces of Blue Ridge Community College

More Information and Registration: ncbeekeepers.org/education/statewide-conferences/2018-ncsba-summer-conference

Master Beekeeper Review and Testing – July 20 & 21

The Master Beekeeper Program Committee is offering Testing at the Summer Meeting being held at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC. Testing is available to all active NCSBA members and will include Certified, Journeyman and Master Beekeeper levels.

Thursday morning, July 19, from 10:00 am till noon, a “Journeyman to Master Beekeepers Review” will be held in the Sink Building, Thomas Auditorium. All members are welcome to attend.

Also on Thurdsay moring at the same time as above, an “Ask the Experts” program will be offered to allow NCSBA members to get answers to questions from experienced Beekeepers, State Apriary Inspectors and Extension agents. This program will be held in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall.

  • MBP testing will begin on Friday afternoon, July 20, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, with no written test handed out after 2:00 pm.
  • MBP testing will continue on Saturday morning, July 21, from 9:00 till noon, with no written test handed out after 10:00 am.

We encourage all members who are interested in testing their knowledge of beekeeping to participate. If you have any question, contact an MBP Committee member. The NCSBA website has an extensive amount of information about the Master Beekeeper Program and is a good place to start if you are interested in the program.

Master Beekeeper Review and Testing

The Master Beekeeper Committee would like you to know that there are events that precede the opening of the NCSBA Spring Meeting in New Bern on Thursday, March 1st 2018.

The meeting will officially open at 12:30 and the first presentations will begin.

If you have arrived at the New Bern Convention Center and are looking for something to do before the meeting starts, and before the vendors are set-up and ready to conduct business, you may find these events interesting and beneficial.

Thursday, March 1st,  from 10 a.m. till noon, the MBP will be offering:

  1. Advanced Review
  2. “Ask The Experts”

Advanced Review
As in the past, members of the Committee will be covering what to expect on a Journeyman or Master Beekeeper exam and offering tips on how to prepare to take one.

For this session, the topics highlighted for this review at the advanced level will be:

  • Colony sociology and behaviors;
  • Hive Products (honey, wax, propolis, pollen);
  • Pollination and Plants

(Past reviews have included anatomy, pests and diseases, anatomical systems, glands, pheromones, and colony communication.)

Ask the Experts
A panel made up of Master Beekeepers, Apiary Inspectors, and NC Cooperative Extension agents will be available to answer questions.

The panel will be:

  • Bill Moran: NCSBA Master Beekeeper,  MBP Committee (research and practical exams)
  • Eric Talley: NCSBA Master Beekeeper, NCSBA Regional Director
  • Adolphus Leonard: NCDA&CS  Apiary Inspector
  • Will Hicks: NCSDA&CS Apiary Inspector
  • Mike Carroll: NC Cooperative Extension Agent, Agriculture
  • Tom Glasgow: NC Cooperative Extension, Director Craven County, Horticulture

Bring your questions about beekeeping experiences; pests and diseases; the NCSBA organization; plants; agricultural practices, and more.

TESTING will be on Friday from 1pm to 4pmMarch 2nd 
No written test issued after 2pm. Journeyman and Master practical done 1 till 4

TESTING on Saturday from 9am till 12 noon. March 3rd
No written test issued after 10am. Journeyman and Master practical done 9 till noon

Those wishing to take the written test –  please email mbp@ncbeekeepers.org and let us for planning on how many copies to have on-hand, and for space & time for practical exams. We need just your name and the test you plan to take.

If you have additional questions call or email
Paul Newbold at 252-312-4629
Doug Galloway at 828-612-1531
Email:  mbp@ncbeekeepers.org

Anticipated MBP Testing for 2018/2019 (Journeyman and Master exams are only given at state events)

2018:  March  NCSBA Spring Meeting New Bern
2018:  July  NCSBA Summer Meeting, near Asheville
2018:  October MBP Fall Regional Testing (only one location this year – likely mid-state)
2019:  Spring NCSBA joint meeting with SCBA, likely near Charlotte

NCSBA Spring Conference – March 1-3, 2018

The NCSBA spring conference is in New Bern, NC from March 1-3, 2018. The event will be held at the New Bern Waterfront Convention Center located at 203 S Front St, New Bern, NC 28560 [ map ]

Keynote speakers include: Dr. Marla Spivak, Paul Kelly, and Dr. Daniel R. Schmehl.

The cut-off date for the discounted rate for most of the hotels is February 16. The NCSBA conference webpage lists the hotels and rates as well as the schedule of events and speakers.

https://www.ncbeekeepers.org/education/statewide-conferences/2018-ncsba-spring-conference

Advance registration for the conference will be available through FEBRUARY 16. Advanced registrants will get a $10 discount. We encourage members to register and pay on-line, but they can also download a registration form and go through the mail-in process. To register at the lower member rate, individuals must have paid their 2018 NCSBA membership dues. That means received and fully-processed by the NCSBA, not just turned into the local Chapter. They can also pay dues directly to the NCSBA when they register for the meeting (this option will be presented during the on-line registration process).

Fall NCSBA Master Beekeeper Testing

The testing sites, dates, and times for the FALL REGIONAL TESTING for the Master Beekeeper Program have been established.

If you are intending on testing at one of the two locations PLEASE BRING YOUR NCSBA MEMBERHIP CARD WITH YOU we MUST have a CURRENT NCSBA membership number. (thanks)

If you are studying for an exam coming up in October, be sure to check out the Games and Quizzes on the NCSBA website. They are new as of the first of September. A good suggestion would be to go through all six as a refresher.

Master Beekeeper Program TESTS
Announcement

FALL REGIONAL TESTING
FOR THE NCSBA’s MASTER BEEKEEPER PROGRAM:

Please bring your NCSBA membership card with you (we MUST have a current membership number)

WEST:
OCTOBER 21, 2017
9 am till NOON
N.C. Cooperative Extension Office at Wilkes County
416 Executive Drive
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

The web site, wilkes.ces.ncsu.edu has along side the title, “Wilkes County Center” a google icon for direction assistance. We have been advised that the location is GPS challenged so to help you locate the facility – note that it is located off SR 421 at exit 285, north 500 feet to Executive Drive on the left.

All tests start at 9 am
NO TEST issued after 10 am
There will be: written testing for Certified, Journeyman & Master Levels
There will be practical exams for Journeyman and Master Levels only.
Certified Practical Exams will not be issued at this time/location.

Questions: mbp@ncbeekeepers.org

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.

NCSBA Silent Auction Items Needed – July 13, 2017

A note from Helen Baldwin with the Ashe County Beekeepers. If you are interested in helping, let Eugene or Paul know.

A quick howdy to relay a request from NCSBA regarding the centennial:

The Forsyth County Beekeepers Association is hosting the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA) 2017 Summer Conference in Winston-Salem on July 13 – 15. It is also the 100th Anniversary of the NCSBA, so we are trying to make it special. I am gathering items for the Silent Auction and wanted to invite the other chapters to participate by donating an item. All proceeds go to the Apiculture Science Fund at NCSU. Fundraising efforts for the Apiculture Science Fund operate under the auspices of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax id 56-6049304. Proceeds from this auction support beekeeping education, research, and outreach at NC State University.

Another way to support the Apiculture Science Fund is to donate directly to it. If you choose this option, please let me know how much so we can keep track of it. Individuals can also contribute.

Dr. Tarpy and his colleagues are doing a wonderful job at NCSU, and the Entomology Dept at NCSU has recently been ranked #5 worldwide! Please show your beekeeping support with either an item for the silent Auction or a direct donation.

Highlights from the Summer NCSBA Conference – June 11, 2016

Convention-Center-day
June 11, 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Attendees to the NCSBA Summer Conference in Hickory will be sharing highlights from the conference. This years speakers include Dr. Marion Ellis from the University of Nebraska, Dr. Hongmei Li-Byarlay from NCSU, Dr. Vanessa Corby-Harris from the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, Arizona, and beekeeper and queen breeder Jeff Berta who will be sharing his experience with mite biter bees being bred at Purdue University.