Beekeepers can now register for BEES Academy

By Debbie Roos 

Pittsboro, NC – Are you a beekeeper with a number of years of experience who wants to increase your understanding of bees and improve your practices? Do you feel like you might need a “booster shot” to update what you learned in your beginner bee school? Wish there was an opportunity to reinforce your experience to maximize your beekeeping success?

If you answered yes, set aside two full days and immerse yourself in theoretical and practical aspects of beekeeping at the first-ever BEES Academies. During live and pre-taped videos from the Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES), Dr. David Tarpy, other members of the NC State University Apiculture Program, and Cooperative Extension agents will help you build upon your current knowledge of beekeeping by exploring topics such as:

  • Honey bee anatomy
  • Division of labor & bee behavior
  • Queens, drones, and mating
  • Diseases, parasites, and disorders
  • Varroa integrated pest management
  • Advanced management techniques
  • Africanized honey bees
  • Effects of pesticides
  • Honey and other hive products

Each presentation will be roughly 30-60 minutes and will be followed by a short Q&A and discussion period. On the second day, you will have the opportunity to practice and observe important areas associated with bee management, including: hive products, how to read a pesticide label, diseases under the microscope, monitoring for varroa mites, nutrition, and supplemental feeding, and others.

The course will be offered in three separate regions in North Carolina (Mountains, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain) and at different times during the Fall of 2019, so register for the one most convenient to you. Space is limited to the first 100 beekeepers at each event, so be sure to register early!

Mountains: August 23-24, 2019 N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center Lenoir, NC

Piedmont: September 6-7, 2019 Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center Pittsboro, NC

Coastal Plain: October 4-5, 2019 N.C. Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center Bolivia, NC

The first day of the course will meet from 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. The second day will be from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

The cost of the course will be $150 per person and includes lunch and snacks, handouts and lecture notes, and BEES Academy swag.

View the complete agenda and to register online.

If you have any questions about this course please call 919-515-3760 or email