Category Archives: Beekeeping in NC

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:

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.

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.

Honeybee Veterinary Consortium

Did you know that feeding honeybees certain antimicrobials is covered under the Veterinary Feed Directive rule? For example, to feed oxytetracycline medicated feed (to control American and European Foulbrood), a bee keeper must obtain a Veterinary Feed Directive order from a licensed veterinarian.

You may be asking, where do I find a veterinarian able to diagnose my hive? One answer is the Honeybee Veterinary Consortium. The Honeybee Veterinary Consortium was created with the goal of linking bee keepers with veterinarians that have an interest in honeybee medicine. Their website, while still under construction, serves as a great resource for the North Carolina bee community in building veterinary-client-patient relationships. They also have a facebook page!

As always please feel free to submit questions or concerns to the listserv by emailing and someone will get answers back to you as soon as possible.

This information has been provided by:
Jessica E Gore
FSMA Programs Coordinator
Food & Drug Protection Division
North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
(919) 270-1635

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

Bee School 2017

This is the flyer for our new Bee School for Surry County Beekeepers Association. The class will be from February 16, 2017 through March 23, 2017  7 pm to 9 pm.  Interested in bees?  Come see us.

Click here to download a pdf of the flyer: Beekeeping School 2017 Flyer
or click on the picture of the flyer on the left and print.

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:


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.

NCDA&CS partners with FieldWatch

Program aims to improve communication between farmers and pesticide users.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has joined 13 other states in partnering with FieldWatch, an online mapping service to help prevent crop damage and bee deaths due to accidental/unintended pesticide drift. Producers of horticultural and organic crops can map their field location using the DriftWatch program. As a companion program, BeeCheck will allow hive owners to map the locations of beehives. Pesticide applicators can access both databases before treating a field to identify sensitive sites that are close to the spray areas.

“This program is voluntary, non-regulatory and free to use,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

“Other states, especially in the Midwest, have had great success in getting pesticide users, farmers and beekeepers to use the site to reduce the effects of accidental drift. We hope to see similar results here.”

Growers, beekeepers and pesticide users can access DriftWatch and BeeCheck at The website offers detailed instructions on how to sign up and use the mapping tools. Producers of high-value specialty crops, such as tomatoes, tobacco, fruit trees, grapes and vegetables can map their sites and provide contact information about their operation on DriftWatch. Using BeeCheck, beekeepers map their hives using pins and half-acre circles and can choose which details of hive information are displayed on the map.

“This program should help specialty crop producers, beekeepers and pesticide users be good neighbors and work together to protect our pollinators and avoid drift on sensitive crops,” Troxler said. “We hope to spend the next several months meeting with grower groups and working with Cooperative Extension and the N.C. Farm Bureau to explain how DriftWatch works and how to use the online tools. I think this can be a valuable tool for our agricultural community.”

This program was purchased with a grant from the Pesticide Environmental Trust Fund. It is part of the department’s ongoing efforts to protect and increase valuable pollinators in the state.

2016 Surry County Bee School — Starting March 7th

Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss

Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss

The 2016 Surry County Bee School will be held for six Mondays starting on March 7, 2016. NC Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss will be teaching the class.

This year the bee school is being held in conjunction with NC Cooperative Extension and Surry Community College with a Skill Up Grant through NC Tobacco Trust Funds. Everyone attending must register in advance unlike previous years when members could attend for free.

When: Mondays, March 7 through April 4
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Field day at bee yard to be announced
Where: Farm Bureau downstairs meeting room
112 White Street, Dobson, NC 27017 [ map ]
Cost: $10 per attendee; children 15 and younger
may attend for free with a registered adult. $10 fee is payable at the first class to the “Surry County Beekeepers Association”

Registration is required. Call Surry Community College to register at 336.386.3618.

Topics covered will include

  • Introduction to Beekeeping
  • The colony, organization, and life cycle of the honeybee
  • Equipment needed to get started
  • Seasonal hive management of the colonies
  • Pests and diseases of the bees
  • Harvesting and processing honey and other hive products
  • A field day to work with the bees

Refreshments will be provided.

Download the bee school flyer here:  2016 Bee School Flyer