Category Archives: Beekeeping in US

Honeybees and Pesticides – January 13, 2020

January 13, 2020
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Dwight Seal, the Pesticide Division Western Field Team Manager at the NC Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services will be joining us to discuss the effects of about 25 pesticides. This is a great opportunity to learn and get your questions answered.

Some useful links from the NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services site:

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.

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).

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

USDA Farm Service Agency Assistance to Beekeepers – October 10, 2016

flood damageOctober 10, 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill) authorized up to $20 million in a fiscal year (FY) for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP). The program provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish.

What does this mean to beekeepers in Surry County and surrounding counties?  Lindsey Carico, County Executive Director for Carroll and Grayson Counties in Virginia will join us to discuss the Farm bill and how beekeepers can apply for assistance.

You can read the Farm Bill here:

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.

The Honey Files: A Bees Life – February 8, 2016


Join the Surry Beekeepers to watch a short video that takes viewers inside a bee hive to learn more about bees, honey, and pollination, including the different types of bees and their various jobs within the bee community.

This presentation is a good review for everyone and is especially suitable for new and young beekeepers.

Teachers will find this presentation especially helpful and may be interested in downloading the accompanying worksheets at:

Time and Location: February 8th – 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Surry County Cooperative Extension Office, Dobson, NC [ map ]

DVD: Organic Beekeeping 101 – February 9, 2015

Our next meeting will include a DVD plus honey tasting.   Please feel free to bring some of your honey for the tasting – we’ll provide the tasting spoons!

We will be viewing the DVD from the NCSBA Library entitled “Organic Beekeeping 101” by Randy Sue Collins.  The DVD covers not just organic beekeeping, but topics that provide a good overview for any beekeeper.  If you are already an experienced beekeeper, this DVD is a great way to educate your family and friends who want to know more about beekeeping.

This educational DVD focuses on organic beekeeping, the way nature meant for bees to be raised. The purpose of the DVD is to educate the novice beekeeper. Professionally filmed footage in a step-by-step format enables the new beekeeper to easily understand and implement the organic principles as they establish their own hives.

Segments include: Tour of the hive; Your beekeeper suit; Your beekeeper equipment and tools; Constructing your hive components, stand, frames, and supers; Assembling your hive components; Capturing your swarm; Populating your hive; Inspecting your hive; Populating your second hive; Managing space in your hive; Extracting your honey.

Organic Beekeeping 101