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NCSU Bee Lab
NCSBA members enjoyed learning and spending time with Dr. David R. Tarpy August 23th and 24th at the Caldwell County NC Cooperative Extension office as he debuted his new intermediate beekeeping lecture series, The BEES Academy. The class was a great success thanks to the extra efforts of Seth Nagy, Tina Lovejoy, Diana Ford, Ron and Elizabeth Cifu, Lewis Cauble, and the NCSU Volunteers. If you are interested in joining in this educational experience, spots are still available for the sessions at Brunswick and Chatham County. Please visit https://www.ncsuapiculture.net/bees-academy-home for more information and to register!
Are you a beekeeper with a number of years of experience who wants to increase your understanding of bees and improve your practices? Do you feel like you might need a “booster shot” to update what you learned in your beginner bee school? Wish there was an opportunity to reinforce your experience to maximize your beekeeping success? If you answered yes, set aside two full days and immerse yourself in theoretical and practical aspects of beekeeping at the first ever BEES Academies. During live and pre-taped videos from the Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES), Dr. David Tarpy, other members of the NC State Apiculture Program, and CES instructors will help you build upon your current knowledge of beekeeping by exploring topics such as:
- Honey bee anatomy
- Division of labor & bee behavior
- Queens, drones, and mating
- Diseases, parasites, and disorders
- Varroa Integrated Pest Management
- Advanced management techniques
- Africanized honey bees (*substituted by a lecture on Bee Plants in Piedmont session by Debbie Roos)
- Effects of pesticides
- Honey and other hive products
Each presentation is roughly 30-60 minutes and will be followed by a short Q&A and Discussion period. On the second day, you will have the opportunity to practice and observe important areas associated with bee management, including: Hive products, How to read a pesticide label, Diseases under the microscope (Mountains and Piedmont only), Monitoring for varroa mites, Nutrition and supplemental feeding, Identification of native bees (Coastal Plain only). Three instances of this course are being offered in three separate regions in North Carolina (Mountains, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain) and at different times during the Fall of 2019, so register for the one most convenient to you. Space is limited to the first 100 beekeepers at each event, so be sure to register early! Further information and links to online registration through the NC State REPORTER system can be found at: https://www.ncsuapiculture.net/bees-academy-home
Sincerely, the NC State Apiculture Program
Attention North Carolina beekeepers,
Your help is needed to bring about a new honey bee research laboratory at North Carolina State University.
TO CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES, GO TO www.ncleg.gov
To the credit of Dr. David Tarpy, skilled professor of entomology and renowned researcher, NCSU has an outstanding apiculture research program. There are currently twenty-eight students in the program, including four doctoral and post doctoral researchers. However, this research is being conducted in one of the worst facilities in the University of North Carolina system. The program is housed in an old former residence that was constructed about fifty years ago. It has never been upgraded for safety, accessibility, security and bathroom facilities. The building continues to deteriorate. There is inadequate room for instruction, storage and research. To have more room, the back porch was closed in with reflective Styrofoam panels. In the basement lies the storage area; everything must be hauled by hand up and down the narrow wooden stairs. Overflow storage is outside, open air in the yard. The teaching classroom is in the former kitchen and dining area where long leak stains adorn the sheetrock ceiling. During rain showers, buckets are strategically placed in order to catch rain water that drips through the sheetrock. Representative Chuck McGrady toured the lab in 2018 and subsequently has declared that the building ought to be condemned. His statement is no exaggeration!
Key members of the General Assembly have taken notice of the need for a new honey bee research laboratory and are leading a major effort to secure the necessary funds (approximately $2 million) to build and operate a proposed new facility. NC House Bill 334 (full text here) introduced by Representative Chuck McGrady and has three additional primary sponsors, Representatives Mitchell Setzer, Pricey Harrison and John Ager. Twenty-five other members of the house are sponsors of the bill. HB 334 enjoys the support of both parties. Most recently, Senator Brent Jackson and Representative John Ager toured the lab and concurred that the facility should be replaced. Please contact your local members of the General Assembly and voice your support for House Bill 334.
Take a look at the following photos of two other state university bee lab doing comparable research. There are the recently constructed honey bee laboratories at University of Minnesota ($4.5 million) and the University of Florida ($6.4 million), then the honey bee lab at North Carolina State. The disparity in investment and facilities is profound. The pictures speak for themselves. – Rick Coor