Category Archives: NCSBA

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