Blue Ridge Bee Supply has nucs for $150
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Our Friends at Blue Ridge Bee Supply Have Nucs Available!

This is a special message to let you know about nucs for sale through Blue Ridge Bee supply.
Cost:  $150
Location:  270 Hickory St, Mt Airy, NC 27030
Phone: (336) 719-7878

Also, check the list on our website for other folks selling bees and queens:
Bees for Sale

If you know about other good sources of bees or queens, please let us know by sending an email to

NCSBA Master Beekeeper Certification Exam

April 18, 2016 - 7:00 pm
Location:  Farm Bureau Downstairs Meeting Room
, 112 White St, Dobson, NC 27017 [ map ]

You must be an active member of Surry County Beekeepers Association (SCBA) to take this exam.  Bring a good pencil and eraser!

Want to test your knowledge before the test?  Go to the NC State Beekeepers Association website and scroll to the bottom of the home page.  There are sample questions available for the first 3 levels of certification available.

Surry Bee Yard Day

May 7, 2016 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Rain date:  May 14, 2016
Location:  Albert Cockerham's bee yard,  504 Arlington Street,
Mount Airy, NC 27030 [ map ]

Bring protective clothing and your smoker if you want help learning to light it and keep it going.

This is a chance for new beekeepers to get your hands in a hive, to ask experienced beekeepers questions about what you are seeing (or not seeing) and to gain some confidence working with bees. Mentors who will come to you are in short supply so please take advantage of this opportunity to get hands on help with the bees. This is also a great chance to get to know other beekeepers and for them to get to know you so when you have questions, you’ll have people you can call.
Do you need a place to put some bees? 
Steve Swaim is offering his 70 acres in the Zephyr area if you need additional places to locate your bee hives.  If you are interested, email Steve at

NCDA&CS partners with FieldWatch

Program aims to improve communication between farmers and pesticide users.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has joined 13 other states in partnering with FieldWatch, an online mapping service to help prevent crop damage and bee deaths due to accidental/unintended pesticide drift. Producers of horticultural and organic crops can map their field location using the DriftWatch program. As a companion program, BeeCheck will allow hive owners to map the locations of beehives. Pesticide applicators can access both databases before treating a field to identify sensitive sites that are close to the spray areas.

“This program is voluntary, non-regulatory and free to use,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

“Other states, especially in the Midwest, have had great success in getting pesticide users, farmers and beekeepers to use the site to reduce the effects of accidental drift. We hope to see similar results here.”

Growers, beekeepers and pesticide users can access DriftWatch and BeeCheck at The website offers detailed instructions on how to sign up and use the mapping tools. Producers of high-value specialty crops, such as tomatoes, tobacco, fruit trees, grapes and vegetables can map their sites and provide contact information about their operation on DriftWatch. Using BeeCheck, beekeepers map their hives using pins and half-acre circles and can choose which details of hive information are displayed on the map.

“This program should help specialty crop producers, beekeepers and pesticide users be good neighbors and work together to protect our pollinators and avoid drift on sensitive crops,” Troxler said. “We hope to spend the next several months meeting with grower groups and working with Cooperative Extension and the N.C. Farm Bureau to explain how DriftWatch works and how to use the online tools. I think this can be a valuable tool for our agricultural community.”

This program was purchased with a grant from the Pesticide Environmental Trust Fund. It is part of the department’s ongoing efforts to protect and increase valuable pollinators in the state.

Renew Your Membership

It's time to pay your membership dues for 2016.  Bring $20 cash or a check made out to SCBA to the our next meeting.  If you can't attend a meeting, you can download the membership form from our website and mail it in. 
[ Membership Form Link ]

Stay Connected

Check out our website at or our FaceBook page at to see updates and additional interesting materials. We post pictures and current events in beekeeping on these sites.

2016 Officers

President, Albert Cockerham – (336) 786-4085
Vice President, Bob King – (336) 719-2250
Treasurer, Sharon Quesenberry
Secretary, Cyndi Beamer
Program Director, Eugene Brown – (276) 251-1402
Director/Advisor, Paul Madren – (336) 648-2828
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