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Town Beekeeping Requirements Inquiry

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.

Paul Newbold
North Carolina State Beekeepers Association
Master Beekeeper Committee
Born & Bred Committee

Paul Newbold
beefarmer1349@gmail.com
252-264-0245 H
252-312-4629 C

Key Member of NC General Assembly Tours the NCSU Honey Bee Lab

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.

Tom Seeley, Phil Craft, David Tarpy Presenting at 2018 Summer Meeting

 

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

 

 

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

 

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.

 

 

WOLFPACK WAGGLE: APRIL 28, 2018

Latest issue of the Wolfpack’s Waggle
Hi everyone,

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:
https://entomology.ces.ncsu.edu/apiculture/wolfpacks-waggle-newsletter/

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

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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
WEB: http://entomology.ces.ncsu.edu/profile/david-tarpy/
EMAIL: david_tarpy@ncsu.edu
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BIP Sentinel Apiary Program for 2018

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.
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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:

Sentinel Apiary Program

Please feel free to ask us about how beekeeping clubs specifically use the program.

Details:

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:
https://www.ncbeekeepers.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2018_Sentinel_Enroll.pdf

and send a check made payable to University of Maryland to:

Dan Reynolds
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!

Happy Beekeeping,


Dan Reynolds
Faculty Specialist
Bee Informed Partnership
University of Maryland
Entomology Department
4112 Plant Sciences Building
College Park, MD 20742
301-405-3799

NCSBA Summer Meeting Advance Registration Open Now

Subject: NCSBA Summer Meeting Advance Registration Open Now

NCSBA Beekeepers,

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!

Subject: Spring Meeting Silent Auction

Subject: Spring Meeting Silent Auction

Dear Members:

Like you, we are looking forward to the Spring NCSBA meeting in New Bern March 1 through 3. The Silent Auction is a fun way for clubs and individuals to support NCSBA! If you or your chapter would like to enter one or more item we would LOVE to include them. Here is what you need to know:

• Print and complete a brief form (attached) for each item you would like included in the auction.
• Bring items (or have someone bring them) to the auction area at the Convention Center between 8 and 10 am on Thursday morning. Unfortunately, we will not have access to the space before then.
• Upon receipt, we will register items, prepare an auction sheet and display items.
• Some of the smaller, general use items may be moved to door prizes where your support will be announced to the group at large.
• The silent auction will close at 10 am Saturday and the winners will be announced and posted. All items should be collected by noon on Saturday.

Your participation is what has made the Silent Auction a successful part of the Spring Meeting in the past. We look forward to seeing what you bring this year!

Kirsten Lewis
Tar River Beekeepers
This Email was sent on February 24th 2018

Spring Meeting Silent Auction

Subject: Spring Meeting Silent Auction

Dear Members:

Like you, we are looking forward to the Spring NCSBA meeting in New Bern March 1 through 3. The Silent Auction is a fun way for clubs and individuals to support NCSBA! If you or your chapter would like to enter one or more item we would LOVE to include them. Here is what you need to know:

• Print and complete a brief form (attached) for each item you would like included in the auction.
• Bring items (or have someone bring them) to the auction area at the Convention Center between 8 and 10 am on Thursday morning. Unfortunately, we will not have access to the space before then.
• Upon receipt, we will register items, prepare an auction sheet and display items.
• Some of the smaller, general use items may be moved to door prizes where your support will be announced to the group at large.
• The silent auction will close at 10 am Saturday and the winners will be announced and posted. All items should be collected by noon on Saturday.

Your participation is what has made the Silent Auction a successful part of the Spring Meeting in the past. We look forward to seeing what you bring this year!

Kirsten Lewis
Tar River Beekeepers

Master Beekeeper Program Testing & Other Events Schedule at the Spring Meeting & beyond

Master Beekeeper Program
Testing & Other Events Schedule at the Spring Meeting

The Master Beekeeper Committee would like you to know that there are events that precede the opening of the NCSBA Spring Meeting in New Bern on Thursday, March 1st 2018.
The meeting will officially open at 12:30 and the first presentations will begin.
If you have arrived at the New Bern Convention Center and are looking for something to do before the meeting starts, and before the vendors are set-up and ready to conduct business, you may find these events interesting and beneficial.
Thursday, March 1st,
From 10 a.m. till noon, the MBP will be offering
1.) Advanced Review
2.) “Ask The Experts”

Advanced Review
As in the past, members of the Committee will be covering what to expect on a Journeyman or Master Beekeeper exam and offering tips on how to prepare to take one.
For this session, the topics highlighted for this review at the advanced level will be:
Colony sociology and behaviors;
Hive Products (honey, wax, propolis, pollen);
Pollination and Plants
(Past reviews have included anatomy, pests and diseases, anatomical systems, glands, pheromones, and colony communication.)

Ask the Experts
A panel made up of Master Beekeepers, Apiary Inspectors, and NC Cooperative Extension agents will be available to answer questions.
The panel will be:
Bill Moran: NCSBA Master Beekeeper, MBP Committee (research and practical exams)
Eric Talley: NCSBA Master Beekeeper, NCSBA Regional Director
Adolphus Leonard: NCDA&CS Apiary Inspector
Will Hicks: NCSDA&CS Apiary Inspector
Mike Carroll: NC Cooperative Extension Agent, Agriculture
Tom Glasgow: NC Cooperative Extension, Director Craven County, Horticulture

Bring your questions about beekeeping experiences; pests and diseases; the NCSBA organization; plants; agricultural practices, and more.

TESTING will be on Friday from 1pm to 4pm. March 2nd
No written test issued after 2pm. Journeyman and Master practical done 1 till 4

TESTING on Saturday from 9am till 12 noon. March 3rd
No written test issued after 10am. Journeyman and Master practical done 9 till noon

Those wishing to take the written test – please email mbp@ncbeekeepers.org and let us for planning on how many copies to have on-hand, and for space & time for practical exams.
We need just your name the test you plan to take.

If you have additional questions call or email
Paul Newbold at 252-312-4629
Doug Galloway at 828-612-1531
Email: mbp@ncbeekeepers.org

Anticipated MBP Testing for 2018/2018 (Journeyman and Master exams are only given at state events)
2018: March NCSBA Spring Meeting New Bern
2018: July NCSBA Summer Meeting, near Asheville
2018: October MBP Fall Regional Testing (only one location this year – likely mid-state)
2019: Spring NCSBA joint meeting with SCBA, likely near Charlotte

Paul Newbold
beefarmer1349@gmail.com
252-264-0245 H
252-312- 4629 C

Master Beekeeper Program schedule for Spring Conference – New Bern – March 1, 2, & 3rd 2018

Master Beekeeper Program update for Spring Conference at New Bern

Before the Conference begins…

Thursday morning 10am till 12 noon:
Refresher and Review for Journeyman and Masters. Also meet the MBP Committee.

Thursday morning 10 am till 12 noon.
Ask the Experts

If you have a question, we’ll have an answer.
Bring your question to our panel of “EXPERTS”. Master Beekeepers Bill Moran and Eric Talley and State Inspectors Adolphus Leonard and William Hicks, and representatives from the NC Cooperative Extension

TESTING will be on Friday from 1pm to 4pm. No written test issued after 2pm. Journeyman and Master practical done 1 till 4

TESTING on Saturday from 9am till 12 noon. No written test issued after 10am. Journeyman and Master practical done 9 till noon

Those wishing to take the written test, please email mbp@ncbeekeepers.org and let us know for planning purposes – thank you.
We need just your name the the test you plan to take.

If you have additional questions call or email
Paul Newbold at 252-312-4629
Doug Galloway at 828-612-1531
Email: mbp@ncbeekeepers.org

Paul Newbold
beefarmer1349@gmail.com
252-264-0245 H
252-312-4629 C