Honey Bee Health Workshop for Veterinarians

Course Description:

Honey Bee Health – Pests, Diseases, and Treatment Options
This workshop is for Doctors of Veterinary Medicine.
Continuing Education: Four CEUs for NC Veterinarians

January 5, 2019
9AM – 3:30PM (Please arrive 15 mins early for check-in)

Union County Agricultural Center
3230 Presson Rd
Monroe, NC, 28112

Speaker: Nancy Ruppert, NC Apiary Inspector

Course Objectives:

Veterinarians will become familiar with honeybee diseases. Veterinarians will learn the skills to assist apiary inspectors with honeybee diseases. Veterinarians will leave with a clear antibiotic treatment plan to aid local beekeepers.

Course Agenda:

8:45 – 9:00     Attendance Check-in

9:00                 Welcome / Introductions

                        Begin Morning Session:

  • Honey Bee Anatomy (Basics)

  • Honey Bee Pests

10:30              Break (15 minutes)

10:45              Honey Bee Diseases & Treatments

  • Viral and Bacterial

12:00              Lunch (1 hour)

1:00                Begin Afternoon Session:

  • Honey Bee Diseases and Treatments (continued)

2:00                Break (15 minutes)

2:15                Conclude Honey Bee Diseases and Treatments

  • Q & A Session

  • Present Certificate of Participation to Recipients

3:30                End / Dismissal

Course Objectives:

Veterinarians will become familiar with honeybee diseases. Veterinarians will learn the skills to assist apiary inspectors with honeybee diseases. Veterinarians will leave with a clear antibiotic treatment plan to aid local beekeepers.

For More Information, please text or leave a message to:
Lynn Price UCNCBA VP, 561-601-9872
Colleen Baucom, UCNCBA Treasurer, 704-400-4877

Hurricane/Storm Assistance Deadline October 31

The deadline is fast approaching to file a “Notice Of Loss”. Please refer to the link below to see how to file for assistance.

The USDA has a program for beekeepers that have certain honey bee losses.

Please refer to the Farm Service Agency’s Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program Fact Sheet for more information. The website is


Please contact your local Farm Service Agency for assistance.

North Carolina Certified Honey Producer Chosen as Vendor at the Biltmore Estate, Blue Ridge Parkway

Mikel's Honey Farm and Bee Naturally by Sharry ProductsCongratulations 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

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
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, 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.




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:

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
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