June 17 & 18, 2016
220 N. Church Street, Smithfield, Virginia 23430
This year’s spring meeting is being hosted by the Nansemond Beekeepers Association and will be held at the Smithfield Center, Smithfield, Virginia.
The Speakers: Dr. Larry Connor, retired Extension Bee Specialist at the Ohio State University; and, Jennifer Berry, Apicultural Research Coordinator and Lab Manager for the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program. There will be workshops Saturday afternoon.
Registration on Friday, June 17 will open at 12 noon with the meeting beginning at 1pm. Registration will re-open on Saturday morning at 8:00am. The meeting will begin at 8:45am. There will be speaker presentations, a business meeting with elections, the State Apiarist’s Report and an update on the Master Beekeeper Program. See agenda within newsletter for topics of presentations and workshops.
The Meeting Committee has contacted several hotels in the area for group rates:
Hampton Inn & Suites, 200 Vincents Crossing, Smithfield,( 3 miles from venue) 757-365-4760 has rooms available for $119 per night, plus tax for a standard king or queen room and king or queen suites for the rate of $139 per night, plus tax. This rate includes a hot breakfast. You must mention Virginia State Beekeepers Association for the group rate. The group contract expires Thursday, May 26th.
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, 20080 Brewers Neck Blvd, Carrollton, (5 miles from venue), 757-542-3091 has rooms available for a rate of $59.99 per night, plus tax for two double beds; and, $65.99 per night, plus tax for a room with a king bed.
As with all locations, there is an occupancy capacity so we advise that you pre-register if possible.
Hope to see you there!
The Mann Lake Scholarship was established to encourage a worthy young individual to pursue an interest in honey bees and beekeeping. The Scholarship will provide financial assistance for the selected candidate to attend an annual EAS conference. In addition to the waiver of registration fees by EAS for the short course and the main conference, the Scholarship will provide up to $1,000 to the successful candidate to offset other conference expenses.
Please help us find worthy applicants from your area!
VSBA Funding Request (will be brought to membership for a vote on November 7, 2015 meeting)
Katy Ciola Evans of the University of Delaware has requested $1,500 from VSBA to fund her research project, “Evaluation of mid-summer splits on varroa mite reduction and colony productivity.” The money would fund a program organizer to coordinate curriculum development and disseminate the results to participants and the mid-Atlantic beekeeping community.
The project aims to test the effects of mid- summer splits on varroa mite populations; population dynamics (bee population, brood area); and productivity (pollen, nectar and honey quantities) of the hive. A second goal is to conduct a citizen science field study that will test the efficacy of the mid-summer split and its acceptance within the beekeeping community. A long-term goal is to better understand the temporal relationship between varroa mites and honey bees and to establish support in citizen science among beekeepers for future projects.
Find more about the project here: http://midsummersplit.weebly.com/