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
||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.
To see the news video, go to http://www.wwaytv3.com/2014/02/19/beekeepers-association-spreads-buzz-bee-buddies-program-for-kids
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.
View PDF by Clicking Here
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
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.
September 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 Pine
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.