Sate Fair Honey Sales!

Make sure to stop by the NCSBA booth in the Exposition Building at this year’s NC State Fair! We have over 3000 pounds of honey that has been collected and bottled by members of the Stanley County Beekeepers, the Chatham County Beekeepers and the Neuse Regional Beekeepers, and is available for sale.

Help Support the NCSU Apiculture Program

Piedmont Regional Director Lewis Cauble has been tirelessly spearheading a challenge to all NCSBA local chapters to make a donation to the NC State Apiculture Program.  Lewis started the process by donating the sale from three nucs he sold this summer to the program.  He’s hoping others will follow his lead and donate a portion of their honey sales, queen sales, nuc sales, etc, to the NCSU Apiculture Program.

OrangeTarpyAwardLewis also approached his local chapter and suggested that they take a leadership role and set an example for other chapters to follow in donating to the Apiculture Science Fund.  Orange County stepped up with a $2500 donation and a commitment to revisit the issue again next year and possibly send another $2500 in 2015.

Orange County Beekeeper Association co-presidents Cynthia Speed and Chris Apple presented a check for $2500 for the Apiculture Science Fund at the 2014 Summer Conference in Wilkesboro.

(Read more about the Orange County donation in the Fall Buzz Newsletter)

According to Dr. David Tarpy, the NC State Apiculture Program requires approximately $500,000 per year in outside funding, mainly to hire technicians and students (contrary to common perception, these positions are neither free nor covered by recurring state funds). While the salaries are obviously the largest expense and are typically covered by larger (six-figure) competitive research grants, any and all miscellaneous donations are welcomed and indeed important to the overall function of the program. Gifts such as the proceeds from the NCSBA silent auction are important for the Apiculture Program to pay for expenses that cannot be charged to a research grant, such as telephones, gas for the bee truck and other travel, new computers, even printer toner. In doing so, these miscellaneous gifts and donations help to “grease the skids” of the program and enables them to be opportunistic where they otherwise might not be able, particularly when it comes to student research. For example, it helps the program to have a student present at a meeting where they otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend, conduct an additional experiment, or pay for undergraduate helpers for the summer.

There are three means to donate to the Apiculture program.

  • Donate online at the Apiculture Program website homepage.  You can pay by credit card and the donation goes through the NCSU Agriculture Foundation.  To donate this way, go to http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/apiculture/ and click on the large red “Make a Donation” button.  Note: Donations made through the online system garner only a 5% overhead charge.
  • Donate directly to NC State’s Apiculture Science fund as an unrestricted donation for the general support of research and extension programs. There are many research projects currently underway and are listed on the research and extension websites (http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/apiculture/research_projects.html).  Note:  Donations made for research on a specific topic garner a 51.5% overhead charge deducted from donated funds.  However, a “no strings attached” donation to the Apiculture Program general research program generally has most of the overhead fees waived (only 5% overhead charged) and this helps the donation go much farther.  If you choose this option to donate, make sure to attach a letter with the donation stating your intension for the donation.
  • Donate items to NCSBA for the Spring or Summer Conference Silent Auction.  Proceeds from this auction goes to the NCSBA Apiculture Science fund.  The monies are held in the NCSBA account until needed.  When the need arises among students in the NCSU Apiculture program and there are sufficient available, Dr. Tarpy has the student(s) write a short grant to the NCSBA.

This arrangement with NCSBA has many benefits including:

  • Students gain some valued experience in grantsmanship
  • The arrangement helps to secure a closer bond between the NCSBA and NCSU Apiculture program members,
  • Students are held accountable for their research.

The following documents explain fees assessed on donations made and answer many common questions:
http://giving.ncsu.edu/docs/giftassessment10.pdf
http://giving.ncsu.edu/docs/assessmentQA.pdf

Lewis Cauble and Orange County are not the only NCSBA members or chapters who have stepped up to help support the NCSU Apiculture Program.

tarpyCameraAwardRick Coor and Kim and Tom Underhill held what they called a “swarm out session” In Raleigh that focused on queen rearing.  Tom and Kim hosted the event at their home and provided lunch for all that participated.  Rick presented a hands-on demonstration of the step-by-step method he uses for queen rearing.  Participants even had an opportunity to try their hand at grafting.  Monies from the event were donated to Dr. Tarpy for the purchase of a new camera.  The “check” was presented at the Summer Conference in Wilkesboro.

The McDowell County Beekeepers have also committed to a donation to the Apiculture Science Fund.

If your chapter can’t afford to make a substantial donation, think about collecting change at your meetings and making a donation at the end of the year through the online donation form.  Every little bit helps the program and ultimately the honeybees.

Donate:  http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/apiculture/

If you or your chapter makes a contribution, send the information to webmaster@ncbeekeepers.org so we can add you to our success stories listed above.

 

Honey for Disabled American Veterans Chapter Challenge

Neuse Regional Beekeeper, Bill Clothier started the Honey for Disabled Veterans Program last year by requesting that the local chapters that he supports donate honey to be sold with the proceeds being donated to the Disabled American Veterans.  Helping the Disabled American Veterans is personal to Bill.  Bill’s family has a long history of military service with over 144 years of service served. Bill and his 5 brothers all served. Two of his brothers were 100% disabled and another brother 75% disabled during service during the Vietnam War.

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A total of $655 was raised from the Neuse Regional, Coastal Plains Beekeepers, and Tar River Beekeepers chapters and the proceeds were donated on Labor Day last year.

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With the help of Rick Coor, Barry Jones, and Jim White, Bill is expanding the program across the state.

Bill shared information about the Honey for Disabled American Veterans program at the NCSBA Summer Conference in Wilkesboro in July.  In addition to the donations of money and honey that Bill received at the conference, he also received a number of commitments from chapters across the state to participate in the program.

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How the Program Works

Either donate a jar of honey to the program for sale with the proceeds going to the Honey for Disabled American Veterans Program or donate a portion of your honey sales to Honey for Disabled American Programs.  Chapters some distance from the Neuse Regional Beekeepers on the east coast may wish to sell their honey locally and send the proceeds to Bill for the program.

Attendees at the summer meeting donated jars of honey and cash that totaled $277.

The check will be presented to the Wake County Chapter of the DAV on Veterans Day.;

How to Contact Bill

Bill can be contacted by phone at 252-756-024 or by email at photonavy@hotmail.com.

Take the 100% Challenge

The Beekeepers of the Neuse have pledged to donate 1 pound of honey for each member and challenges other chapters to do the same.  Take the challenge and you can be listed here.  Or just make a donation.

Whose In?

  • Beekeepers of the Neuse – 100 pounds of honey
  • Beekeepers of the Abermarle – $100
  • Barry Jones – 5 gallons of honey
  • Bill Thering – 5 gallons of honey
  • Tar River Beekeepers – jars of honey
  • Neuse Regional Beekeepers – jars of honey
  • Surry County Beekeepers – proceeds from honey sales at Celebrating Agriculture

Read more about the program in the Fall Issue of the NCSBA Buzz.

Spring 2015 NC/SC Joint Meeting – Planning Underway!!

Members of the NCSBA Executive Committee have been hard at work planning next spring’s joint meeting with the South Carolina Beekeepers Association.  Here are a few details to whet your appetite:

  • The meeting will be hosted by the Union County Beekeepers.
  • The meeting location has been determined.  It will be held at the Agricultural Conference Center near Monroe, NC.
  • The theme of the meeting with be “Protecting Our bees”.
  • The date of the meeting is February 5-7, 2015…mark your calendars now!
It’s not too soon to start thinking about how you might be involved in the meeting, even if you aren’t one of the folks in Union County who are going to be very busy in the coming months.  If you have a special project that you have been working on (perhaps something related to your Master Beekeeper requirements) and feel that it would be of interest to a broader audience of beekeepers, please submit a brief description to Ed Hunt (edhunt28372@yahoo.com) or Paul Madren (pljmadren@gmail.com), for possible inclusion as a meeting workshop.We’ll keep you posted as plans progress!

Call for Conference Photos

I hope everyone who attended the State Conference had a great time! If you have any photos that you took during the event that you would like to share, please send them (or a link to where they are online) to webmaster@ncbeekeepers.org. Please include a statement that the photos are yours and you give NCSBA permission to reproduce them publicly on ncbeekeepers.org. Also, let us know if you would like attribution.

Conference News: Honey Contests and MBP Testing

If you are planning to participate in the Cooking with Honey Contest or the Honey Contests that includes Mead, Honey, Photography, and Wax — or if you are planning on taking the Certified, Journeyman, or Master MBP Level tests at the conference, you’ll want to note this information:

  • Master Beekeeper Program – Written tests for Certified, Journeyman, and Master levels will be held from 1:00-1:50 pm and 2:00-2:50 pm on Friday, July 11th in Room 1709 of Lowe’s Hall and from 2:15-3:15 pm on Saturday, July 12th in Randolph Hall (Please note that Saturday testing location has changed from the printed schedule). Anyone wishing to take the practical test for Certified Level should bring their own veil, smoker, and related items. If you are taking either the MBP Certified practical or Journeyman practical, please meet at the testing room during testing periods. Practical testing for the MBP Certified Level will be held in the apiary and will be coordinated with Rick Coor. Practical testing for the Journeyman level will be coordinated with Dr. John T. Ambrose. Questions? Please contact Dr. Ambrose at John_Ambrose@ncsu.edu
  • Cooking with Honey Contest – Contestants can submit their entries on Friday, July 11th in Randolph Hall, Room 727 between 9:00 – 10:00 am. Refer to campus maps [ wcc campus ] [ wcc campus detail ] or check at registration desk for directions.
  • Honey Contest – Contestants can submit their entries before Friday, July 11th at 9:00 am in the Orchestra Room of the Walker Center. Entries may be dropped off starting on Thursday, but must be submitted before 9:00 am on Friday (according to the contest rules).

Get All the Details

We’ve added a lot more detail to the 2014 Summer Conference information than has been provided in the past. In addition to the agenda and workshop schedule, you can now learn something about our guest speakers and workshop presenters as well as a bit more information about what the presentations will include.

To view the agenda, go to the main conference page: 2014 NCSBA Summer Conference and scroll down to the agenda or pick it from the menu at the top of the page. Click the [ bio ] link to learn more about each guest speaker and more about what topics they will cover. Or to see all guest speaker information at once, go to the guest speaker page: 2014 Summer Conference Guest Speaker Bios

To see the detailed workshop schedule, go to the Workshop page: 2014 Summer Conference Workshops. If you’d like to learn more about the workshop presenters, you can click their name and you’ll go to a page with more information. To see all workshop presenter information at once, go to the workshop presenter page: 2014 Summer Conference Workshop Presenter Bios.

If you need help navigating the website or have suggestions of how we can make the information easier to access, please email webmaster@ncbeekeepers.org.

Box Lunches at Summer Conference

The Walker Center at Wilkes Community College will be offering boxed lunches for sale during the conference on Friday and Saturday for those who would prefer to not go out to one of the local establishments during lunch. Costs of the boxed lunches will be $4 – $6 depending on the choice an individual makes. The Walker Center will provide this concession and take responsibility for preparing and vending.

A list of local establishments for lunch for those wishing to go out will be provided in check-in packets.