Virginia State Beekeepers Association
Virginia State Beekeepers Association
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VSBA 2015 Fall Conference

Register online HERE.

Print and mail registration HERE.

When: November 7, 2015

Dr. Ernesto Guzman, Professor and Director of the Honey Bee Research Centre in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, and Dr. David Tarpy, with the Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., will be our speakers for the day.

Agenda (As of Sept. 13, 2015, subject to change)

8:00 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:15 Opening Remarks
9:15 – 10:00 Dr. David Tarpy - Better Queens, Better Colonies
10:00 -10:45 Dr. Ernesto Guzman - Basis of Selective Breeding for the Honey Bee
10:45 - 11:15 Break
11:15 – 11:30 Door Prize Drawings
11:30 – 12:00 Business Meeting (see funding request below)
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch
(1:00 Local club representatives meeting)
1:30 – 1:45 Door Prize Drawing
1:45 – 2:30 Dr. Ernesto Guzman - Microbes, Natural Oils and Nutraceuticals to Sustainably Control Parasites in Honey Bee Colonies
2:30 – 3:15 Dr. David Tarpy -The Queen and Disease Clinic at NCU
3:15 – 3:45 Break
3:45 – 4:00 Door Prize Drawings with Grand Prize Drawing
4:00 – 4:30 Master Beekeeping Program Update
4:30 Adjourn


  • BC Bee Books –Books, honey, bee equipment.
  • Carol Butler – Handmade bee-themed items.
  • Dadant – Offering 5% off on all pre-orders for delivery to the meeting. Place your orders by Friday morning, Nov. 6th, by calling 800-220-8325.
  • Geezer Ridge Farm - Handles the full line of Mann Lake products with up to 40 percent off of catalog prices. Call 304-702-3848 through Tuesday, Nov. 3rd to place yourorder for delivery on Nov. 7th. 
  • Haywood Honey & Supplies - Honey Bee Healthy, soaps, lotions, lip balm, and stained glass.
  • Unison Pottery Tile Works – Handmade honey bee-themed ceramics.
  • Valley Bee Supply - Supplies, woodenware, and equipment. Orders can be called in (540-941-8127), faxed (540-941-2466), or emailed ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Orders will also be accepted at the meeting, to be delivered before the meeting ends.
  • W. G. Bee – T-shirts, jewelry and honey pots.

Hotel group rates

Country Inn & Suites, 27 Covenant Drive, Harrisonburg, VA, 540-433-2400, has rooms available at the group rate of $79 per night plus tax for rooms with a king bed and $85 per night plus tax for a rooms with two queen beds. Please note that is group rate is available until October 25th.. Please remember to mention that you are with the Virginia State Beekeepers Association.

Quality Inn & Suites (formerly Microtel), 200 Frontier Drive, Staunton, VA 24401, 540-887-0200 has rooms available at the rate of $75.65 plus tax per night with a king or two queen beds. For a suite, the rate is $92.65 plus tax per night. You must mention the reservation is with the Virginia State Beekeepers Association to get this rate.

VSBA Funding Request

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: 

The VSBA is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting and advancing beekeeping in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Membership in the VSBA is open to beekeepers and non-beekeepers, alike. Annual membership dues are $12.00 per individual/family or $10.00 through local associations. In addition to other benefits, members receive a quarterly newsletter.

Promoting Knowledge and Fellowship
Among Beekeepers in the Commonwealth of Virginia

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