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Golden Achievement Program Updated for 2014-2015

April 4, 2014 -- The Golden Achievement Program information has been updated for the 2014-2015 award year.

GAP Information (Requires member login)

NCSBA Library Update

March 17, 2014 -- New Videos! Yes, we have just purchased some additional DVDs! They are in Raleigh getting their library code numbers and will be added to the library bibliography upon their return. The new videos are about swarms, honey and basic beekeeping.

We are looking forward to having our own links pointing to the library on the updated web site in the future. There will be an Audio/Visual Library link in the Education menu and one in the Members Only section of the new site. As you know, it is not intuitive to get to the library link on the current web site. In the current site, the library link can be accessed at either the News & Events icon in the Library Update news article or at the bottom of the Members Only page.

"HOW" to check materials out of the library is explained at the bottom of the first page in the Audiovisual explanation paragraph. The actual "Audiovisual (DVD) LISTINGS" start on page 11 (this number floats as we get more materials in the collection). If you have any suggestions for DVDs, email me at my address listed below.

Click here to download the latest NCSBA Lending Library Bibliography

Bob Kemper, NCSBA Librarian

NCSBA Spring Meeting in the News

February 19, 2014 -- Today we did a photo shoot with Miss Caroline Sawyer and Mr. Brian West, a beekeepers, holding a frame of bees without any protective equipment, demonstrating how calm bees are. We are trying all avenues available to spread the word about our Spring Convention. The NCSBA web-page, emails, local clubs, personal contacts, and the news media have all been utilized to promote this meeting.

The North Carolina State Beekeepers Association, the largest and oldest state beekeeping organization in the nation, will be holding their annual Spring meeting at the Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC March 6 - 8, 2014.

This is an educational opportunity for beekeepers through out the state. There will be nationally known speakers and University Researchers presenting programs. Classes will be available to teach all aspects of beekeeping. Within the convention for the first time we are offering a pilot program of "Bee Buddies" that will reach elementary school children. The program is to inform the children the importance of bees, beekeeping, and pollination. We have approximately 450 school children, and 100 Cub Scouts from New Hanover and surrounding counties, that we will put through this program. We look forward to the opportunity to teach children and adults about bees.

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Memorandum on Bee Ordinances for Chapter

January 28, 2014 -- A memorandum on the development of bee ordinances for NC Municipalities was distributed to chapter presidents and NCSBA executive committee members. A pdf version of the memorandum is available here: memo from Dr. John Ambrose. You may download the Microsoft Word version of the "Presentation to Cary Town Council on 2/23/2012 Concerning a Possible Beekeeping Ordinance" by right clicking on the link here:
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January 9, 2014 -- You may now download and print the discounted subscription form for the American Bee Journal. Just click the link below, print, and mail along with your check to save 25% on 1 to 3 years subsciption to ABJ.

ABJ Subscription Form (Requires member login)

Golden Achievement Program Updated for 2013-2014

January 8, 2014 -- The Golden Achievement Program information has been updated for the 2013-2014 award year.

GAP Information (Requires member login)

NCSBA Library Winter Update

December 30, 2013 -- We've updated our link to the NCSBA Lending Library. The NCSBA Lending Library is a service available to all NCSBA members. Thanks! And, a Happy New Year to all you beekeepers and your bees!

NCSBA Lending Library Updated Link

"HOW" to check materials out of the library is explained and the link underlined at the bottom of the first page in the Audiovisual explanation paragraph. The actual "Audiovisual (DVD) LISTINGS" start on page 11 (this number floats as we get more materials in the collection). If you have any suggestions for DVDs, email Bob Kemper, Librarian (this is an updated email as well). We are especially looking for DVDs on candle making and on spring management that we can purchase for our library.

NCSBA Library Update

July 14, 2013 -- There are several new videos about Top-bar hives coming to the NCSBA Library. Those videos are in Raleigh getting their mandatory library code numbers from the state and will soon be added to our NCSBA Collection in the Erwin Library at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro. Be the first in your chapter to “check them out”!

NCSBA Lending Library

How to check materials out of the library is at the bottom of page 1 in the Audiovisual paragraph. The Audiovisual (DVD) listings start in the middle of page 10 (this number floats as we get more materials in the collection). If you have any suggestions for DVDs, email Bob Kemper, Librarian.

Bee Informed Partnership Winter Loss Survey Available Now!
March 23, 2013 -- The annual Bee Informed Partnership Winter Loss and Management Survey is available March 29 through April 15th. The survey is free and takes only 10-20 minutes to complete. Click here to read more about this initiative.

NCSBA Library is Ready for YOU to Check-out Materials

Updated April 2, 2013 -- The new NCSBA Library services are up and running through the Erwin Library at Wayne Community College.

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The information about borrowing materials is located in the audiovisual paragraph at the bottom of page one in the Beekeeping Bibliography. It tells you to use the blue link to email your request directly to the library with your contact information, the bibliography title, and library code (Ex.: SF523.583 2007) of what you want to check out. It is very easy! The audiovisual offerings in the bibliography begin on page ten or higher (it changes with the addition of new materials). Books are also available.

Go to Beekeeping Bibliography

IMPORTANT! If there is a beekeeping DVD that is not listed and you think we should get it, please let Bob Kemper know about it and we will try to add it to the collection.

Certified Honey Producer Labels Program Application
August 8, 2012 -- The NCSBA Certified Honey Producer application can be downloaded using the above link. The cost to apply is only $25 and allows beekeepers who adhere to the NC Honey Standard and are approved by the Honey Board the opportunity to purchase "Certified" labels for use on their honey.

Natural Beekeeper Michael Bush coming to Charlotte
George McAllister, Mecklenburg County Beekeepers Association
Charlotte, N.C., August 5, 2012
— The Mecklenburg County Beekeepers Association is hosting natural beekeeper & author Michael Bush on Sunday, August 5. Michael is the author of acclaimed book The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally.
He is one of the leading proponents of treatment-free beekeeping.
Michael will share with us his vast natural beekeeping knowledge from the research and practical experience he has acquired over the years.

He has been keeping bees since the mid-70's, with two to seven hives until the year 2000. Varroa mites forced more experimentation which required more hives and the number has grown steadily over the years. By 2008 Michael had increased his apiary to about 200 hives.

This special seminar will be held Sunday, August 5 from 2-4 p.m. at
Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC.  General public registration is only $5.00.

Click here to learn more and register

We look forward seeing you at this exciting event.


Cary Town Council Hearing on Beekeeping
Cary Town Council video
Cary, N.C., Feb. 23, 2012 -- The Cary Town Council unanimously tabled the restrictive beekeeping ordinance under consideration following the public hearing, where beekeepers spoke out against the ordinance. Watch the hearing here. Move the video slider to the 35:45 minute mark where the beekeeping hearing begins.

Can honeybees be good neighbors?
BY ANDREW KENNEY, News & Observer
Cary, N.C., Feb. 21, 2012 -- At its Thursday meeting, the Cary Town Council will consider a proposal by town staff to explicitly allow the keeping of beehives on residential lots larger than 30,000 square feet, or about two-thirds of an acre.

Louisburg woman ordered to give up backyard bees
By Reporter: Renee Chou, WRAL News
Louisburg, N.C., Feb. 14, 2012
— A Franklin County judge on Tuesday ordered a Louisburg woman to give up her backyard beehives.

Zoo Exhibit Wins Landscape Award
By: Tom Gillespie
Asheboro, NC, Oct. 25, 2011-- The North Carolina Zoo's Honey Bee Garden exhibit has recently received an Award of Merit from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects....

State Fair Winners
Raleigh, NC, Oct. 13, 2011 -- Select a Category "Bees & Honey" to see winners.

Governor PurdueSeptember is Honey Bee Appreciation Month in NC
Office of the Governor
Raleigh, September 1, 2011 -- "WHEREAS, September is National Honey Month, the State of North Carolina recognizes the importance of the honeybee...."

State Beekeepers Adopt Honey Standard
By Charles Heatherly, NC State Beekeepers Association
China Grove, July 8, 2010 -- North Carolina beekeepers moved a step closer to the adoption of a honey standard that would limit the abuses of honey sold in the state.

Governor highlights honey bees' agricultural importance
By: Jessica Cervantez , News 14 Carolina
RALEIGH, June 22, 2010 – In an effort to highlight the importance of honey bee pollination on North Carolina's agricultural sector, Gov. Bev Perdue suited up and harvested honey Tuesday morning at the executive mansion.

All A BUZZ at the North Carolina Zoo
NC Farm Bureau Magazine July/August 2009
Asheboro, NC, June 2009 -- It began in 1994 as an idea during a late-night conversation in a hotel room at the annual beekeepers meeting.

Beekeeper Receives Order of the Longleaf PineIrving Rackley
NC Farm Bureau Magazine, Vol. 79 No. 6
Raleigh, NC, November 2008 -- For his work promoting beekeeping, Edgecombe County Farm Bureau’s Irvin Rackley recently received the state’s highest civilian honor— the Order of the Longleaf Pine.

International News

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Pesticide build-up could lead to poor honey bee health
Penn State University
Philadelphia, August 18, 2008 -- Honey bees industriously bring pollen and nectar to the hive, but along with the bounty comes a wide variety of pesticides, according to Penn State researchers.

Excavations reveal first beehives in ancient Near East
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem via
Sept. 4, 2007 -- This is the earliest apiary to be revealed to date in an archaeological excavation anywhere in the ancient Near East, said Prof. Mazar. It dates from the 10th to early 9th centuries B.C.E.

An answer to the mystery of wanton queen honeybees
By Susan Lang, Cornell University, Press Release
July 19, 2007 -- Why do queen honeybees mate with dozens of males? Does their extreme promiscuity, perhaps, serve a purpose?

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