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APRIL MEETING

Important note: There will be a field day to inspect hives at Dadant, Sunday afternoon (04/09/17) around 2-3pm.

Our monthly meeting this month will be on 04/13/17 at 7pm at Dadant. During this meeting we will be talking about different ways by which to raise queens. This discussion will cover the ‘why and the how’ of queen rearing and will go over different methods as well as some of the equipment used in those methods.

Sneak peak at some of the equipment and methods that will be covered:

March Meeting

This coming meeting we will have Jessica Driver, our local bee inspector with VDACS coming to give us a “state of the union” on our local bees and different things going on at the state level.

During the meeting we will also be covering on how to split your bees with details about a field day set for the following Saturday.

Jessica Loque

February 9th at 7pm

Please come out and listen to our speaker of the month – Jessica Loque!!!

Jessica runs approximately 85-100 test hives for Smithers Viscient/Bayer on her farm in Snow Camp NC testing different applications of pesticide and their affect on the bees. As well as running these scientific studies she is also a contributor in the periodical Bee Culture. Jessica is a well respected beekeeper, author, and scientist and is sure to enlighten all with her presentation on her operation she runs with her husband Bobby.

Bee School

2017 Bee School Cancelled.

Unfortunately not enough people signed up, if you are still interested in keeping bees or have any bee related questions please come by our monthly meeting at Dadant – 820 Tightsqueeze Industrial Rd. Chatham VA 24531. We meet on the second Thursday of every month at 7pm.

Meeting For August 11th

Come join the Pittsylvania County Beekeepers for our upcoming meeting on August 11th! We will be joined by our friend and regional beekeeping resource Jim Zeigler for a program covering a number of topics:

What’s happening in our hives? – “I thought we were in the dearth period”

Do I have varroa mites? When and how should I treat them?

What the heck is honeydew and how do I know it when I see it?

Is there such a thing as Zombie Bees?

See you there!

May Meeting

The May meeting has changed to a round table discussion. All are welcome to come as we touch base on the state of the bees for this month (how has rain affected production, beetles, honey crops, etc)

Calendar for upcoming events – 2016!!

MARCH 10 – JESSICA DRIVER, APIARY INSPECTOR FOR VDACS – GIVING A “STATE OF THE BEES” – 7PM

APRIL 14TH – PHIL AND ELIZABETH BARFIELD, MEADOWS EDGE FARM – SWARM MANAGEMENT – 7PM

MAY 12TH – GARRETT MOORE, WHISTLE CREEK APIARIES – HONEY PACKAGING AND SALES – 7PM

DATES TBD –

ANNE ZUDEKOFF, PIEDMONT BEEKEEPERS – QUEEN GRAFTING

LARRY HUPP – CREAMED HONEY PRODUCTION

BOB COLE, BC BOOKS – ADVENTURES IN BEEKEEPING/BEEKEEPING AROUND THE WORLD

Jerry Hayes to Speak at Old Dominion Ag. Complex in Chatham VA

Practical Back-Yard Beekeeping 

For Small-Scale (Hobby) and Serious Sideline Beekeepers

Friday- February 5 and Saturday February 6, 2016

Mr. JERRY HAYES FEATURED SPEAKER – INSTRUCTOR

Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Chatham, Virginia

  FRIDAY FEBRUARY 5, 2016  

Friday Evening (6:00 PM) we will sponsor a Special “BEEKEEPERS DINNER AND PROGRAM” Starting with an exquisite catered meal from ChataMooCa. All courses will be flavored with specialty honeys! The main course will be Certified Virginia Black Angus Beef. (This meal gets rave reviews every year from the attendees!) Immediately following the dinner, (7:00 PM) Jerry Hayes will present a down to earth program titled “Rise, Fall and Resurrection of Beekeeping” to be followed by participant Q and A’s. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To Register:  http://halifaxbeekeepers.org/index.php/upcoming-events   Checks, Money Orders or questions- contact Jim Zeigler jimmyz6@centurylink.net ) or call Jim at 434-376-4490.   

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6, 2015   

09:00 CHECK IN AND AT-DOOR REGISTRATION – PRE-REGISTRATION PREFERRED

Kickoff Coffee, Tea, Donuts and Fruit & Light Lunch At Noon; planned morning and afternoon breaks.

Planned Hot Topics for the day: END AT 4:00 PM

Beekeeper Beginnings from Jerry

Varroa – Knowledge Gaps and Misperceptions

The Colossal Colony Impact of Poor Nutrition

The Ever Lurking Effects of Nosema

Small Hive Beetles – A Spreading Scourge

Plenty of Q and A Time

To Register: http://halifaxbeekeepers.org/index.php/upcoming-events  Checks, Money Orders and

Questions go to Jim Zeigler jimmyz@centurylink.net or call Jim at 434-376-4490     

Jerry Hayes Biography

In Jerry’s 35 plus years in the Apiculture Industry his overarching desire has been to create sustainable honey bee management practices while partnering with other segments of agriculture. The cornerstone of his career has been to educate others that honey bees are the key pollinators and that they play a critical role in agriculture. He has written a must read monthly column “The Classroom” in the American Bee Journal™ for the past 30 years. Jerry is a founding member of the Colony Collapse Working Group, A science advisory board member for Project Apis Mellifera, and the Bee Informed Partnership. He has been author and co-author on multiple research papers on how to understand and preserve honey bee health.

Jerry was The Chief of The Apiary Section for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs for many years. In that role he was responsible for the regulatory health of 350,000 Honey Bee Colonies in the State of Florida. Jerry joined Monsanto Corporation in 2012 to become their BeeLogics™ Commercial Lead for the BioDirect Business Unit.

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Speaker Jerry Hayes