For ten or more years prior to 1917 there had been
some desire and interest to form a state beekeeping organization.
However, since there was no official employed in beekeeping work in the
state and no beekeeping public projects it was difficult to begin the
organizational work. In 1916 an agreement was reached between the
U.S. Dept of Agriculture and the N.C. State Extension Service to employ
a beekeeping specialist for the state.
The agreement to hire a beekeeping specialist led
to renewed and increased interest in forming a state beekeeping
organization, and a meeting was scheduled for Jan. 11, 1917 in
Winston-Salem. Interested beekeepers were contacted and a number
of speakers were invited to present papers. Among those who
responded and presented papers were Dr. E. F. Phillips, Apiculturist
from the USDA Bureau of Entomology and Mr. E. R. Root of the A. I. Root
Company in Medina, Ohio.
The total attendance at the meeting was over 150
and they probably represented about 6,000 colonies of honey bees.
The decision was made to create a beekeeping organization and the
initial membership was about 40 beekeepers with annual dues of $1.00 per
Since the creation of the N.C. State Beekeepers
Association on January 11, 1917, the NCSBA has grown and
prospered. From that initial 40 or so members, the NCSBA has grown
into the largest state beekeeping association in the U.S., and over 50
of the state's counties are organized into local chapters of the state