The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm Raised Fish Program (ELAP) admistered through the USDA is able to help with honey bee losses due to Hurricane Florence. Continue reading
SALISBURY – The Piedmont Research Station in Salisbury will host Pollinator Field Day Sept. 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. Continue reading
Barely over a month until the Summer Conference in Flat Rock, NC. Are you ready? Are you excited? NCSBA is working hard to provide you with an enjoyable and informative conference.
A tentative schedule is now available.
Congratulations to Sharry and Doug Mikell on their latest success. These NC Certified Honey Producers will now be selling their products at the famed Biltmore Estate, among other venues. The McDowell News of June 4, 2018 features an article describing the new collaboration, detailing their farm, products, awards received and purchasing locations.
Sharry Mikell and her husband, Doug, are the owners of Bee Naturally by Sharry and Mikell’s Farm Honey. Their home-based business is located in Old Fort and their property touches the Pisgah National Forest. Now their product line Bee Naturally by Sharry is a vendor at the Biltmore Estate. You can find their honey-based items in the Gate House Shop located at the estate’s entrance in Biltmore Village. In addition, their Bee Naturally by Sharry products and Mikell’s Farm Honey are available at 10 gift shops and visitor’s centers along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Town Beekeeping Requirements Inquiry
We are looking to compile a list of towns that require you to pay for a permit to have bees within the town limits.
We would also like to know what that fee is if you know.
We need to have of list of all towns in North Carolina;
also if any town have incentives to keep bees.
Thanks for your help. This will help as we go forward.
North Carolina State Beekeepers Association
Master Beekeeper Committee
Born & Bred Committee
Representative Chuck McGrady, co-chair of the House Appropriations Committee, heard from the NCSBA leadership about the sorry conditions at the NCSU honey bee lab and the urgent need for legislative support for NCSU’s apiculture program and decided to take a firsthand look. Rick Coor, NCSBA President and Charles Heatherly, NCSBA Apiculture Science Initiative chairman invited Representative McGrady for a guided tour from Dr. David Tarpy, NC State researcher, professor and NC State Cooperative Extension State Apiculturist. What they found was an outstanding apiculture research program that was being conducted in an embarrassing, dilapidated facility.
One would have to see it to fully appreciate it. The apiculture research program at North Carolina’s leading land grant university, NCSU, is poorly funded by the NCDA&CS and housed in old split level house at the backside of the Lake Wheeler campus. The classroom ceiling (the old home’s former kitchen and dining area) shows old, stained leak lines where rain drips into the building. There have been no upgrades for storage, clean up, bathroom facilities, security, safety appliances, or accessibility let alone any upgrades to facilitate the use or care of research equipment. A recent coat of paint is the only building maintenance that has been done since the apiculture program was relocated to there from the main campus about 20 years ago.
The NCSBA is endeavoring to secure adequate funding for the current apiculture program and $2.3 million for a new honey bee research facility.
Excited about the Summer Meeting yet? NCSBA has an intriguing lineup of speakers. Read a bit more about some of amazing apiarists presenting in July.
Phil Craft served as the Kentucky State Apiarist from 1999 through 2011. Phil continues to communicate with beekeepers through his “Ask Phil” question/answer column which appears in Bee Culture magazine, and through his webpage, Philcrafthivecraft.com. He is also the U.S. technical adviser for Veto-pharma, the maker of Apivar, Varroa Easy Check, and other products. A native of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, he now lives out in the sticks in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky near Lexington with his family, a very old dog, and some bee hives.
Dr. Thomas D. Seeley is the Horace White Professor in Biology at Cornell University. He is based in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, where he teaches courses on animal behavior and does research on the behavior and social life of honey bees. His scientific work has primarily focused on understanding the phenomenon of swarm intelligence (SI): the solving of cognitive problems by a group of individuals who pool their knowledge and process it through social interactions. His work is summarized in three books: Honeybee Ecology (1985), The Wisdom of the Hive (1995), and Honeybee Democracy (2010).
David Tarpy is a Professor of Entomology and the Extension Apiculturist at North Carolina State University since 2003. His research interests focus on the biology and behavior of honey bee queens in order to better improve the overall health of queens and their colonies. His work has provided some of the best empirical evidence that multiple mating by queens confers multiple and significant benefits to colonies through increased genetic diversity of their nestmates. 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.
Latest issue of the Wolfpack’s Waggle
Greetings from the NC State Apiculture Program!
You can now access our latest issue of the our program’s newsletter, the Wolfpack’s Waggle, which can also be found as usual through:
The slow start to the spring means a delayed research season, which has everyone on edge. Typically we are up and fully running at this point, but we are just only now gearing up to do our experiments for this summer. At last count, we have 20 different projects for which we are actively collecting data this year, which is an astounding level of productivity.
Two of our off-campus postdoctoral researchers, Dan Charbonneau (UPenn) and Daiana De Souza (Galveston), are temporarily here at NC State to conduct their field research.
Samples have been flying into the Queen & Disease Clinic this year, so our services seem to be gaining traction in the industry.
All four of the graduate students in the program (James, Joe, Hannah, and Lauren) are heavily involved in their respective projects, but they each also have one or more side projects that they’re actively participating in.
It is clear that when we look back on things, this will be a very busy summer!
I hope everyone is keeping up with their bees this spring! Sincerely, David
David R. Tarpy
Professor and Extension Apiculturist
Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology
Campus Box 7613
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7613
TEL: (919) 515-1660
FAX: (919) 515-7746
LAB: (919) 513-7702
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Bee Informed Partnership
(BIP) 2018 SENTINEL APIARY PROGRAM
The Bee Informed Partnership is looking for participants in their Sentinel Apiary Program. Below is the information we received from them.
My name is Dan Reynolds, and I’m a research specialist with the Bee Informed Partnership: https://beeinformed.org/
We research colony survivorship and provide diagnostics for beekeepers across the US.
I am reaching out to beekeeping organizations and representatives for participation in the fifth year of the Sentinel Apiary Program. We had a great year for participation in 2017 and are looking to do the same for 2018.
Spots are limited, so if this is something that you or your club might be interested in, please let me know and I can reserve a spot for you.
The program starts in May and we have a little over a month to get in those last applications.
This program is specifically suited to beekeeping groups or smaller beekeepers. Beekeeping organizations often use the program as a teaching tool for new beekeepers, or have an individual participate on behalf of the group as a benchmark diagnostic tool for colonies in your area.
You can find more information about the Sentinel Apiary Program on the Bee Informed Partnership website, which can be viewed here:
Please feel free to ask us about how beekeeping clubs specifically use the program.
The Program consists of six months of sampling (May-October) for either 4 or 8 colonies
(8 is recommended, but if you will only have 7 or fewer in 2018 then 4colonies is an option).
Participating in the Program means you will:
1. Take monthly samples of ~300 bees from each colony and mail them to our lab to be processed for Varroa and Nosema
2. Perform a routine health inspection of each colony during each sampling (we ask you to record Frames of Bees, Brood Pattern, and Queen Status)
3. Optional: share hive scale data (if you already have one or want to purchase one, we have several supported vendors which can be found here: https://beeinformed.org/programs/sentinel/
What we do for you is:
1. Provide all materials and instructions needed to complete sampling
2. Send you diagnostic reports about your Varroa and Nosema levels within two weeks of receiving your samples
3. Keep all of your data in a safe, anonymous online database so it can be viewed by beekeepers in your region as a “Sentinel” or first line of defense for watching Varroa levels.
Varroa map can be seen here: https://bip2.beeinformed.org/sentinel/
Hive Scale map can be seen here: https://bip2.beeinformed.org/hive-scales/public
Past Sentinel participants say the Program helps improve your colony health monitoring, record keeping, and Varroa management. It can also be used as a valuable teaching tool to share with new beekeepers, or other beekeepers in your area or beekeeping club. Plus, non-participating beekeepers in your area will benefit from being able to see your Sentinel data shared online as a benchmark for colony health in their region!
How to Sign Up & COSTS:
The price for the Program is:
$275 for 4 colonies or $499 for 8 colonies.
If you would like to participate, please fill out the enrollment form:
and send a check made payable to University of Maryland to:
Bee Informed Partnership
4112 Plant Sciences Building
College Park, MD 20742
Please let me know if you have any questions at all. I’d be happy to talk more about the details of the Program!
Bee Informed Partnership
University of Maryland
4112 Plant Sciences Building
College Park, MD 20742
Subject: NCSBA Summer Meeting Advance Registration Open Now
The information for the summer meeting is now posted on the NCSBA website and registration is open. The event will be held on July 19, 20, and 21 at Blue Ridge Community College which is located near Flat Rock and Asheville, NC. Our speakers will include: noted author and researcher, Dr. Tom Seeley of Cornell University; the President of the American Apitherapy Society, Fredrique Keller; NCSU researcher and North Carolina State Cooperative Extension Apiculturist, Dr. David Tarpy; and Phil Craft, the author of the “Ask Phil” column which appears in Bee Culture magazine. There will be expanded outdoor programs in the green spaces of the campus. Visit https://www.ncbeekeepers.org for complete information. Nearby hotel space is in high demand during the summer so make your reservations early.
We look forward to seeing everyone there!