The spring meeting in New Bern will offer us a unique opportunity to hear what speakers have to say about the world of apiculture. Dr. Judy Wu-Smart joins us from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Judy is well known in the industry and speaks on various topics including the effects of pesticides, hive health, and pollinators in general. She is a force in beekeeping education and has worked with all the pillars of the beekeeping community. For our traditionalists, we will have the America’s beekeeping professor, Dr. Dewey Caron. Dewey has been working with bees, education, and research for over 50 years and is the author of “Beekeeping Biology” – a book all those working toward their master beekeeping certification will recognize. Dewey will main-stage speak, offer a workshop, be available to sign and personalize his book, and discuss bees with you in person. We will also have Leigh Kathryn Bonner, who founded Bee Downtown in an effort to save the dwindling honeybee population and simultaneously provided corporations with a novel approach to sustainability. Her focus is to install and maintain beehives on corporate campuses, and she works with companies such as Delta Airlines, Chick-Fil-A, and IBM. Our event will include updates from our state Apiary Inspectors, Dr. David Tarpy of NSCU, a full session on the NC Born & Bred Program, a variety of NCSBA updates and a plethora of other learning opportunities.
Our workshops will host a variety of information and learning sessions. We will be focused on our region and offer sessions on varroa mites and varroa mite treatments, bear fences, the business of bees, beekeeping husbandry, queen rearing, and many other interesting topics. Finally, we are going to try something new – workshops from a distance where we will video conference in speakers live to teach and share vital information to help us keep our bees healthy! Stay tuned, a complete schedule will be published very shortly!