North Carolina

The Sustainable Apiary
March 26, 2016: Spend a day with the internationally known commercial beekeeper Michael Palmer.  Michael will be discussing techniques for raising bees, raising queens for bee production, and strategies to produce honey. Michael’s apiaries thrive in Vermont’s challenging northeast climate. Mike has become known worldwide for his sustainable methods in beekeeping. Hendersonville, NC

Pollinator Protection Survey
September 15, 2015
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, a non-profit based in Pittsboro, NC, has a short survey that they encourage all NC beekeepers to take before October 2, 2015. They would like to know what beekeepers think about the North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s proposed changes to pesticide rules. Learn more at their website.

Bee Informed Partnership Winter Loss Survey Available Now!
March 23, 2013 — The annual Bee Informed Partnership Winter Loss and Management Survey is available March 29 through April 15th. The survey is free and takes only 10-20 minutes to complete. Click here to read more about this initiative.

Cary Town Council Hearing on Beekeeping
Cary Town Council video
Cary, N.C., February 23, 2012 — The Cary Town Council unanimously tabled the restrictive beekeeping ordinance under consideration following the public hearing, where beekeepers spoke out against the ordinance. Watch the hearing here. Move the video slider to the 35:45 minute mark where the beekeeping hearing begins.

Can honeybees be good neighbors?
BY ANDREW KENNEY, News & Observer
Cary, N.C., February 21, 2012 — At its Thursday meeting, the Cary Town Council will consider a proposal by town staff to explicitly allow the keeping of beehives on residential lots larger than 30,000 square feet, or about two-thirds of an acre.

Louisburg woman ordered to give up backyard bees
By Reporter: Renee Chou, WRAL News
Louisburg, N.C., February 14, 2012 — A Franklin County judge on Tuesday ordered a Louisburg woman to give up her backyard beehives.

Zoo Exhibit Wins Landscape Award
By: Tom Gillespie
Asheboro, NC, October 25, 2011— The North Carolina Zoo’s Honey Bee Garden exhibit has recently received an Award of Merit from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects….

State Fair Winners
Raleigh, NC, October 13, 2011 — Select a Category “Bees & Honey” to see winners.

September is Honey Bee Appreciation Month in NC
Office of the Governor
Raleigh, September 1, 2011 — “WHEREAS, September is National Honey Month, the State of North Carolina recognizes the importance of the honeybee….”

Governor Bev Perdue

Governor Bev Perdue

 Governor highlights honey bees’ agricultural importance
By: Jessica Cervantez , News 14 Carolina
RALEIGH, June 22, 2010 – In an effort to highlight the importance of honey bee pollination on North Carolina’s agricultural sector, Governor Bev Perdue suited up and harvested honey Tuesday morning at the executive mansion.

All A BUZZ at the North Carolina Zoo
NC Farm Bureau Magazine July/August 2009
Asheboro, NC, June 2009 — It began in 1994 as an idea during a late-night conversation in a hotel room at the annual beekeepers meeting.

Beekeeper Receives Order of the Longleaf PineIrving Rackley
NC Farm Bureau Magazine, Vol. 79 No. 6
Raleigh, NC, November 2008 — For his work promoting beekeeping, Edgecombe County Farm Bureau’s Irvin Rackley recently received the state’s highest civilian honor— the Order of the Longleaf Pine.