2014 Summer Guest Speakers

JULY 10 – 12, 2014

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Vaughn Bryant, Texas A&MDr. Vaughn Bryant
Professor of Anthropology
Director of the Palynology Laboratory, Texas A&M University

Dr. Bryant’s professional interests include palynology (the study of pollen grains) and paleoethnobotany (the study of how past cultures used plants). He is also the Director of the Texas A&M Palynology Laboratory and the Paleoethnobotany Laboratory.

Dr. Bryant has an active research program that includes the reconstruction of past environments, pollen studies from underwater shipwrecks, searches for the origins of agriculture, the reconstruction of prehistoric diets, and studies of the cultural uses of plants from pollen evidence recovered in the soils in archaeological sites.

The NCSBA Honey Board sends honey for pollen analysis testing to Dr. Bryant.  Dr. Bryant’s presentations will include a discussion of honey standards across the country, work being done to develop a national standard for honey, and issues related to identifying varietal honey specific to our area, including sourwood honey (a hot topic in NC).

Dr. Dewey CaronDr. Dewey Caron
Professor Emeritus, Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware
and Affiliate Professor, Horticulture Department, Oregon State University

Dr. Dewey Caron started with honey bees as teenager in Vermont and studied for his Ph.D under Roger Morse at Cornell University.  He was professor of Entomology and Apiculture for 11 years at University of Maryland and 29 years at University of Delaware.

He is the author of “Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping,” the standard beekeeping (apiculture) textbook used to teach college students and beekeepers the science and practice of bees and beekeeping.

Dr. Caron is a past Chairman of the Board of the Eastern Apiculture Society and a past president of the Eastern Branch Entomological Society of America.  He is currently the Master Beekeeper Advisor to the Eastern Apicuture Society and advisor to the Bee Informed Partnership with which he is heavily involved.  Dr. Caron is also a past president and current board member of the Western Apicultural Society.

Dr. Caron has been involved in International Development in Panama, Central America, and Bolivia and was active in the MAAREC (Mid-Atlantic Research and Extension Consortium).  Ever the educator, he has been the recipient of a number of prestigious teaching awards.

Dr. Caron retired 2009 but remains an active participant of state, local and regional bee meetings.  He presents over 100 talks each year about such topics as pollinating insects, bees, and natural history topics around bees and pollinating insects.

Dr. Caron will be speaking on a number of topics at the conference including what beekeepers are doing to improve colony survivorship, working toward treatment-free beekeeping, dealing with bee and hive pests, and reading brood frames.

Chef, Michael YoungMichael Young
Chef, Lecturer, Beekeeper and Honey Judge from Northern Ireland

Michael Young, chef and beekeeper from Northern Ireland, is also the co-founder and current chairman of the Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers. Formerly an educator at Culinary Arts at the Belfast Institute in Northern Ireland and world traveled speaker, Chef Young has taught the art of gourmet cooking with honey to countless people.

Chef Young writes extensively for American and English bee magazines in areas of gourmet cooking with honey, encaustic wax painting, mead making, plus candle and wax model making. He was knighted by the queen of England and awarded the MBE in 2009 for voluntary services to beekeeping.

Married with four daughters and four grand daughters, Chef Young is happily surrounded by the beautiful women in his life. He also loves bees and is an avid to maker of mead. Chef Young is currently the Executive Chef at the Hilton Hotel in Belfast.

Chef Young will help kick off the conference with a presentation about beekeeping in Britain/Ireland from Anglo-Saxon Time.  He will also present a 2-hour “Cooking with Honey” workshop and a 2-hour “Royal Mead Making” workshop.

David HackenbergDavid Hackenberg
American Commercial Beekeeper

David Hackenberg is an American commercial beekeeper who began keeping bees as a FFA project in 1962 at Mifflinburg Area High School in Pennsylvania.  He started Hackenberg Apiaries, which he runs with his son David. Hackenberg Apiaries moves bees for pollination throughout the United States.

Mr. Hackenberg has been featured in two documentaries about Colony Collapse Disorder, Vanishing of the Bees and Colony: the Endangered World of Bees and has represented the beekeeping industry in front of congress on issues concerning pesticides.

Mr. Hackenberg received the Presidents award from the American Beekeeping Federation in 2008 for bringing the plight of the honey bee to light in the world.

Mr. Hackenberg will share with us what he has seen in bees from the commercial standpoint and how we can as Backyard/Sideliners apply some of the lessons he has learned along the way.

Dr. David Tarpy, NCSUDr. David Tarpy
Associate Professor and Extension Apiculturist
Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University

Dr. David Tarpy is an Associate Professor of Entomology and the Extension Apiculturist at North Carolina State University.  As Extension Apiculturist, he maintains an apiculture web site dedicated to the dissemination of information and understanding of honey bees and their management.

Dr. Tarpy has spearheaded numerous extension projects such as the 2005 New Beekeeper Cost-Sharing Program that created hundreds of new beekeepers within the state.  He also launched the new online Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES)—an exciting new “learning community” for knowledge and understanding of bees and beekeeping.

Dr. Tarpy’s research interests focus on the biology and behavior of honey bee queens—using techniques including field manipulations, behavioral observation, instrumental insemination, and molecular genetics—in order to better improve the overall health of queens and their colonies.  More recently, his lab group has focused on the reproductive potential of commercially produced queens, testing their genetic diversity and mating success in an effort to improve queen quality.

Dr. Tarpy’s presentation will introduce the NC beekeepers to the newly created Queen and Disease Clinic at NC State University.

Pat JonesPatrick Jones
Deputy Director for Pesticide Programs
NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division

Patrick (Pat) Jones, Deputy Director for Pesticide Programs at the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Service, Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division has worked for the department for more than 31 years as a pesticide inspector, field supervisor and enforcement manager. As deputy director, he oversees regulatory and outreach programs focused on ensuring the safe use of pesticides in North Carolina. He is a graduate of N.C. State University with a degree in agronomy.

Mr. Jones will be presenting on pollinator protection discussing pesticide labels and enforcement issues.

Holden Appler, NCSUHolden Appler
MS Student
Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University

Holden Appler is a Master’s student studying the effects of increasing urbanization on oxidative stress and immunocompetency of honey bees with Drs. Steve Frank and David Tarpy.  He has a B.S. degree from Wake Forest University where he focused on pre-med.

Mr. Appler’s interest in immunology and physiology compelled him to gravitate towards how “city bees” may be different from “country bees” with respect to their ability to ward off disease.

Mr. Appler is presenting as an NC State University Ambrose Student Award winner. His presentation will cover how urbanization affects the immune system and pathogens of managed and feral honey bees.

Leigh-Kathryn Bonner, NCSULeigh-Kathryn Bonner
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, North Carolina State University

Leigh-Kathryn Bonner grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a senior at North Carolina State University majoring in International Studies with a double minor in Spanish and Nonprofit Management.

Ms. Bonner is a third-generation beekeeper. She first became interested in honey bees when her grandfather, Harold Flanagan, and uncle, Jerry Flanagan, began keeping bees. She decided to take Bees and Beekeeping with Dr. John Ambrose her freshmen year of college to learn what all the buzz was about! After taking the class, Ms. Bonner sought to discover how to pair her newfound love for the honey bee population with her passion for nonprofits.

While living in Barcelona last fall, Ms. Bonner came up with an idea to bring the two loves together. Since returning from study abroad, she has been working with Dr. Ambrose, The American Tobacco Campus, and Burt’s Bees in Durham, NC on an education and sustainability project to help bring awareness to Colony Collapse Disorder and the importance of honey bees in our society.

Ms. Bonner will be presenting her work in the presentation on “A Plan to Make Durham and the American Tobacco Campus a Model Program”.

Honey for Disabled Veterans ProgramBill Clothier and Rick Coor
Honey for Disabled Veterans Program

Bill Clothier is a thirty year veteran of the United States Navy. He was a Master Chief Petty Officer with high pressure welding skills when he retired from the Navy. After his Navy career, he worked for government contractors using his welding skills and traveled wherever he was needed – often out of the country – before retiring. Mr. Clothier’s family has a long history of military service with over 144 years of service served. Mr. Clothier and his 5 brothers all served. Two of his brothers were 100% disabled and another brother 75% disabled during service during the Vietnam War.

Mr. Clothier has been keeping bees for about 3 years and credits his mentors, Stacy Bawtinhimer and Shelly Cooper with getting him started and continuing to support him and his now 5 hives of bees.

Mr. Clothier started the Honey for Disabled Veterans Program last year by requesting the local chapters that he supports to donate honey to be sold with the proceeds being donated to the Disabled American Veterans. A total of $655 was raised and donated on Labor Day last year. With the help of Rick Coor and Barry Jones, Mr. Clothier hopes to expand this program to other bee chapters in North Carolina.

The Honey for Disabled Veterans program was featured in the Spring 2014 issue of the Bee Buzz. If you are an NCSBA member, you can read more about it by clicking the link below and then clicking on the Spring 2014 eBuzz link.

L. L. LangstrothRev. L. L. Langstroth
Father of American Beekeeping

Rev. Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth, apiarist, clergyman and teacher, is considered the “Father of American Beekeeping.”

L. L. Langstroth was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a youngster, he took such an extraordinary interest in observing the habits of insects that he was punished for wearing holes in the knees of his pants while learning all he could about ant life. He graduated from Yale University in 1831, and subsequently held a tutorship there in 1834-1835. After this he was pastor of various Congregational churches in Massachusetts, including the South Congregational Church in Andover, Massachusetts in May 1836. In 1848, Langstroth became principal of a young ladies’ school in Philadelphia. He took up beekeeping in part to distract himself from severe bouts of depression.

Langstroth revolutionized the beekeeping industry by using bee space in his top-opening hive. On 5 October 1852, Langstroth received a patent on the first movable frame beehive in America. A Philadelphia cabinetmaker, Henry Bourquin, a fellow bee enthusiast, made Langstroth’s first hives for him and by 1852 Langstroth had more than a hundred of these hives and began selling them where he could.

Langstroth also found that several communicating hive boxes can be stacked one above another and that the queen can be confined to the lowest, or brood, chamber, by means of a queen excluder. In this way, the upper chambers can be reached only by the workers and therefore contain only honey-comb. This made hive inspection and many other management practices possible and turned the art of beekeeping into a full-scale industry.