Make plans now to attend the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association’s 2020 Spring Meeting at the New Bern Waterfront Convention Center located in historic downtown New Bern, NC.
Final Program now Available
New Bern Riverfront Convention Center
203 South Front St
New Bern, NC
The 2020 Spring Meeting will be held next to the comfortable downtown historic district of New Bern, NC. The area offers plenty of room to move about as well as night life, dining and specialty shops. Hotels are within walking distance of the conference center. Experience some of the colonial, state and local history to be found in New Bern during your stay. Join us for one of the largest state association meetings held in the U.S. The NCSBA spring meeting is a great opportunity to connect with other beekeepers, hear informative presentations, attend numerous informational workshops and have the opportunity to meet and do business with the major vendors of the beekeeping industry.
Advance registration has ended. You may register upon arrival at the meeting.
Registration begins at 8:00 AM each day of the conference (except Thursday, when registration starts at 9:30AM).
The onsite registration rates are:
- NCSBA Member Individual: $70
- NCSBA Member Family: $105
- NCSBA Non-Member Individual: $85
- NCSBA Non-Member Family: $120
Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Dr. Wu-Smart’s university research and professional work examines the effects of pesticides and toxicants on honey bee queens and colony development. Dr. Wu-Smart will share her expertise with North Carolina beekeepers.Dr. Dewey Caron, Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Biology, University of Delaware & Affiliate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University. Noted speaker and author of Honey Bee Biology & Beekeeping, Dr. Caron will main-stage speak, offer a workshop, be available to sign and personalize his book, and discuss bees with you in person.
The 2020 Spring Meeting program includesDr. David Tarpy, Professor and Extension Apiculturist, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, director of the NC State University Apiculture program, originator of the B.E.E.S. Academy, founder of NCSU’s Queen and Disease Clinic. Learn from Dr. Tarpy as he fields questions and presents each day of the meeting.
The NCDA Apiary inspectors – North Carolina’s outstanding statewide apiary inspection program for beekeepers of all levels. Meet and hear regional updates from the apiary inspectors of NCLeigh-Katherine Bonner – founder and CEO of Bee Downtown, 2019 Outstanding Alumni, North Carolina State University, 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur. A visionary entrepreneur and fourth-generation beekeeper, Leigh-Katherine will share the story of her unique company
An expanded spring meeting program – Workshop content will be focused on our region and offer sessions on varroa mites and treatments, bear fences, the business of bees, beekeeping husbandry, queen rearing, and many other interesting topics. A new concept for workshops will be implemented-workshops from a distance with live video presentations by Jerry Hayes and Dr. James Tew.
Black Jar Honey Contest – everyone who attends the conference may participate in the popular honey contest by submitting an entry and judging the entries. Enter your honey in a 12 or 16 oz squeezable container with a flip top lid and have fun. Entries must be submitted on Thursday from 10:00 A. M. until 5:00 P. M. at the Black Jar Table near registration. Other rules apply, check out the Black Jar Contest Rules.
Master Beekeeper Program – Attend the MBP review on Thursday from 10:00 until 12:00 noon. Testing will be offered on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon with no written test handed out after 10:00 A.M. Journeyman Practical exams, which are now self guided, will not be distributed after 11:00 A.M. All test candidates must preregister no later than February 27. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register
Outstanding vendor shopping – connect firsthand with the vendors that serve the beekeepers of North Carolina
Note: There will be no silent auction at the spring meeting.
You are also invited to a screening the University of North Carolina Wilmington documentary, “Keepers of the Bees”. Showtimes will be available on the program.
Check back weekly for updates. More details will be posted as soon as they are finalized.
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Note that the following dates/locations may be changed. Also note that the joint North and South Carolina meetings have been discontinued.
- Summer 2020 July 16-18, Flat Rock/Hendersonville, NC
- Spring 2021 March 4-6, New Bern, NC
- Summer 2021 Date TBD, Pinehurst, NC
- Summer 2022 Date TBD, Hickory, NC
Annual Meeting Files from 2006 to 2018 are available as a compressed zip file. After downloading, click on the zip file and it should decompress. In the unlikely case it does not unzip, check your security settings. For more information on past meetings, check out the Wayback Machine, an organization that archives the entire web. We are archived every four months or so.
February 22, 2020