Category Archives: Beekeeping in NC

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.

Honey Extracting Workshop – July 9, 2018

July 9, 2018
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 ]

 

Grant Programs for Beekeepers – June 11, 2018

flood damageJune 11, 2018
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Lindsey Carico, County Executive Director for Carroll and Grayson Counties in Virginia will be back to discuss grant programs for beekeepers.

SCBA at Career Fair – April 27, 2018

Construction and Agriculture Career Day at Veteran’s Park
691 W. Lebanon Street, Mount Airy [ map ]
April 27th – 8 am – 3 pm
with Surry County Schools, Mount Airy City Schools, Surry Community College, SCBA, and Smith-Rowe, LLC

Update! Here are some pictures from the field day.

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).

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.

 

Protective Measures of Beehives During Hurricanes

Hi everyone,

With uncertain track of hurricane Irma, 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.

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, 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
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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 ]

 

Celebrating Agriculture – September 9, 2017

Date:  Saturday, September 9th
Time:  2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Fisher River Park, 251 County Home Rd, Dobson, NC 27017

[ map ]

Surry County Beekeepers will have a display table at Celebrating Agriculture again this year. We will be meeting the public and talking bees. If you have honey to sell, this is a good venue. Come out and support us.

Learn more about this event at the extension website: Celebrating Agriculture Event