Category Archives: Beekeeping in US

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 http://www.honeybeeveterinaryconsortium.org/, 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 ncdacs_feed_safety_information_6@lists.ncmail.net 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

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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:
http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/elap_honeybee_fact_sht.pdf

Highlights from the Summer NCSBA Conference – June 11, 2016

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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.

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

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

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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:  http://www.honey.com/images/uploads/general/HoneyFilesWeb.pdf

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
More:  http://organicbeekeeping101.com/aboutdvd.html