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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:

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

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

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.

NCSBA Summer Conference – July 7-9, 2016

Healthy Bees in Hickory! July 7th, 8th & 9th

Hickory Convention Center, Hickory, NC Hosted by the Catawba Valley Beekeepers!
Conference details available at


Room E:
Written testing begins on Thursday at 9am for all levels: Certified, Journeyman, and Master

Journeyman and Master Practical testing begins at 10am

Room D:
Review Sessions, Certified through Journeyman. Open to everyone, no charge!

9 am – 9:50 Anatomy and Sociology (Development, Colony activities and tasks)
10 am – 10:50 NCSBA – MBP, Beekeeping history, Hive Products, and Races of Bees
11 am – Noon, Pests and Diseases, Symptoms, and Treatments overview
Join us for one or all three sessions, again open to everyone whether you plan to test or not.

At 10am we will have a Question & Answer session, this will be an informal open session until noon. All are welcome, we will have several Master Beekeepers to answer your questions. This will be in a panel format and have lots of open discussion so come early. If you don’t have a question, listen to the ones others have.

Other test times are Friday Noon till 3pm and Saturday at 10:30 am.

Nosema Training – Mountain Region Beekeepers – March 14, 2015

The North Carolina State Beekeepers Association  (NCBSA) Regional Directors for the Mountain Region will be conducting training to identify Nosema in your honeybees on March 14th, 2015 in Marion, NC.

Date/Time:  March 14,2015 – 12:00 noon
Instructor:  Glenn Hackney, Research Specialist, NC Dept of Agriculture
Presented by the Mountain Regional Directors of the NCSBA
Dogwood Building
McDowell Technical Community College
54 College Drive
Marion, NC 28752 [ map ]
Exit 86 on I-40
Cost: This event is free to NCSBA members in the Mountain Region.

Each attendee needs to bring about 50 fresh workers in a jar — in alcohol or frozen — for microscope testing.

Snacks will be provided but not lunch.

How do I know if I’m in the Mountain Region?
You can view this map from the NCSBA website (  The mountain region is indicated by the pink colored counties to the west.

What if I’m not in the Mountain Region but still want to come?
If you are outside of this region or not a member of NCSBA, email for more information.

What if I can’t come but would like to have access to a microscope for my chapter meeting?
NCSBA has purchased 4 microscopes for each region of NC.  The four Regional Directors in your region have access to these microscopes and can make arrangements for your chapter to use them at a chapter meeting.  If you don’t know who the Regional Director is that has been assigned to assist your chapter, contact the Senior Regional Director in your region for help.  You may find contact information here (scroll down to see Regional Directors):

Is someone going to try to sell me something if I come to this event?
No, absolutely not. This is a free education event that is being offered as a benefit to NCSBA members in the Mountain Region.

NCSBA Summer Meeting

The NCSBA Summer Meeting is scheduled for July 10, 11, 12 at Wilkes County Community College.  To learn more, visit the NCSBA website at