2010 SCBA Summer Meeting Schedule

Date: July 15, 2010

Location: Clemson University 

Meeting Agenda

South Carolina Beekeepers to Meet at Clemson University - The summer meeting of the South Carolina Beekeepers will be held at Clemson University, Clemson, SC on 15-17 July 2010.  Registration will begin on Thursday, 15 July at 12:00 noon in the Poole Agricultural Center Lobby. (See program for registration details) The meeting will begin at 1:00 in the Poole Agricultural Center Auditorium with session 1 of a 1-day beginner level beekeeping short course. The course is designed for individuals with no beekeeping experience, but everyone is welcome. The short course will break for dinner at 5:00 and session 2 of the short course will begin at 6:30 at the Cherry Farm Apiary and Honey House. The short course will end at 8:30 PM.

On Friday morning, we will begin with a general session at 8:00 and workshops will be held in the afternoon. We have several out-of-state speakers on the program including Maryann Frazier from Penn State University, Mark Carroll from the Carl Hayden USDA Honey bee lab in Tucson, Arizona, Laurence Cutts from Chipley, Florida, Ohad Afik from the University of Georgia honey bee lab, Athens, Georgia, Jerry Freeman from Hamburg, Arkansas, and Ann Harman from Flint Hill, Virginia. In addition, we have several speakers from South Carolina who will speak at the meeting. For more details, you will find a meeting program in this newsletter.

A barbecue pork/baked chicken dinner is planned for Friday evening at Jimmy Howard’s home in Pendleton.  Scheduled activities are the annual horseshoe pitching tourney and a smoker lighting contest.  Dinner will be served for $7.00/plate. On Saturday morning, we will have another general session beginning at 8:00 that will include many interesting topics and the meeting will end at noon.

We will have a honey show and competition at our summer meeting this year. Bring along a container of your best honey. Please do not place a label on your honey containers. Honey classes will be pint and quart extracted. There will be light and dark classes, so do not be concerned if your honey is dark. A “black jar class” will be included again. This class will be judged on taste only. Small black jars will be provided at the show, so bring a sample of your best tasting honey and take this ribbon home. We are also adding an additional class in the competition, 1 lb. block of beeswax.  Honey and beeswax entries should be turned in for the competition from 7:30 - 10:30 on Friday morning. And a big THANKS to Steve Genta and Clyde McCall for judging the contest entries.  Ribbons will be awarded for each category and a best of show ribbon will be included.

On-campus housing will be available in the Lightsey Bridge II student apartments for a cost of $19/individual/night. You do not need to make a reservation. Come by our meeting registration desk to process and pay for a room. The dorm will be an apartment arrangement with four beekeepers sharing an apartment. Each beekeeper will have a separate bedroom with one twin bed and all will share a bathroom. Bring your own bed linens, towels and pillow or you may pay $15 for a linen packet fee. Bed pillows are not provided so don’t forget to bring a pillow. Meals (breakfast 7-9:30, lunch 10:45-1:30, dinner 4:30-6:30) are available on campus at the Harcombe Food Court (15 minute walk from the dorm). There is also a food court (open 11AM – 6PM) in the Hendrix Student Center (10 minute walk from the dorm) which is about a 5 minute walk from our meeting site.  This is the same building where you can buy the delicious ice cream and famous Clemson blue cheese.

Accommodations are available off campus in the Clemson area as follows:

  • Clemson Sleep Inn, $67.99, Telephone: 864-653-6000, Fax: 864-653-3790, includes hot bkfst
  • Clemson Days Inn, $62.99, Telephone: 864-653-4411, includes contl. bkfst
  • Holiday Inn Express, 94.99, PH. 864-654-9410. Fax: 864-654-9411, www.hiexpress.com/clemsonsc, includes hot bkfst.

Mention that you are attending the South Carolina Beekeepers Convention to get the University rate. You will need to make your reservation by 1 July to get this rate. After that date, rooms may not be available.

Our designated parking lot for this meeting is the large parking lot directly behind the Poole Agricultural Center. I have been advised that there is a good chance that the road (Cherry Road) immediately behind our meeting building will be repaved during our meeting, so be prepared to take an alternate route to our parking lot. Signs will be posted on campus to help direct you to your parking area. You will notice that this parking lot has green marked parking spaces which are normally reserved for employees only. Please do not park in other campus parking lots that have green marked parking spaces or you will get a ticket. However, you can park in any commuter parking lot that can be identified by having orange marked spaces. You will need to pick up a hang tag for your vehicle at our registration desk immediately upon your arrival at our registration desk and place it on your vehicle.

Let’s continue to make the South Carolina Beekeepers summer meeting a great success; invite some beekeeping friends to come along for an educational vacation.  If you have questions about the meeting, please contact Mike Hood, ph. (864) 656-0346, email mhood@clemson.edu.


Thursday, July 15, 2010
12:00 N Meeting Registration, Poole Ag. Center Lobby - $10 Members, $15 Family, $15 Non-members;Exhibitor Setup, Poole Ag Center Lobby
1:00 Beginner Level Beekeeping Short Course – Session I, Poole Ag. Center Auditorium
5:00 Dinner on your own (SCBA Executive Committee will meet in the auditorium at 5:00.)
6:30 Beginner Level Beekeeping Short Course – Session II, Cherry Farm
8:30 Adjourn for Evening
Friday, July 16, 2010
8:00 AM Invocation–Jack Corbett, Midstate Beekeeper, Camden
Welcome to Clemson University – Joe Culin, Associate Dean for Research, College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences, CU
Announcements and Introductions – Mike Hood, Extension Apiculturist, Entomology, Soils, and Plant Sciences Dept., CU, Executive Secretary, SCBA
8:20 President’s Address and Business Meeting – Wesley Bommer, President SCBA
8:50 Legislative Update – Senator Vincent A. Sheheen, District 27, Chesterfield, Kershaw & Lancaster Counties
9:05 Eastern Apicultural Society 2009 Meeting Announcement – Steve Genta, Director SCBA, Member EAS Board of Directors
9:10 American Beekeeping Federation News – TBA 
9:15  Update on Colony Collapse in the US – Maryann Frasier, Senior Extension Associate, Extension Apiculturist, Penn State University
9:45 Break - Visit Exhibitors
10:10  Door Prizes
10:15 Attraction of Varroa mites to host odors from bee brood – Mark Carroll, and Carl Hayden, USDA Honey Bee Lab, Tucson, Arizona
10:45  Introducing the Better Beetle Blaster – Lawrence Cutts, Commercial Beekeeper, Chipley, Florida
11:15  Beekeeping in the Land of Milk and Honey – Ohad Afik, Post Doctoral Scientist, University of Georgia Honey Bee Lab, Athens, Georgia
11:45 Lunch on your own
1:10 Door Prizes, Announcements, State Fair Report – Frank Blanchard, Chapin, SC
1:30 Workshop Introduction: Concurrent 45 Minute Workshops (sessions begin on the half hour)
  1. Impacts of Pesticides On Honey Bees and Protecting Bees from Pesticides – Maryann Frasier, Poole Ag Center Auditorium 
  2. Controlling Varroa Mites in Your Colonies – Mark Carroll, Newman Hall Auditorium
  3. Small Hive Beetle Control – Lawrence Cutts, Classroom A102, Poole Ag Center
  4. Comb Honey Production & Processing – Edd Buchanan, Black Mountain, NC, Classroom A103, Poole Ag Center
  5. Making & Marketing Beeswax Products – Ann Harman, Flint Hill, VA, Classroom E-144, Poole Ag Center 
  6. Beekeeping Equipment for the Beginner, Kerry Owen, Classroom A105, Poole Ag Center
  7. SC Master Beekeeper Program, Certified and Journeyman Written Tests – David MacFawn (offered first hour only), Classroom C-127, Poole Ag Center
  8. Master Level Discussion – SCBA Master Beekeeper Program – David MacFawn (offered 2nd hour only), Classroom C-127, Poole Ag Center
4:30 Depart for Evening Activities at Jimmy Howard’s Home, Wild Hog Rd, Pendleton, (See Map on Registration Table for Directions) 
  • Horseshoe Pitching Tourney 
  • Barbecue Pork/Baked Chicken Supper ($7.00/Plate) Frank & Carol Blanchard 
  • Smoker Lighting Contest, Edd Buchanan, Black Mountain, NC
Saturday, July 17, 2010 
8:00 Announcements & Door Prizes
8:15 Results of the Honey Show – Clyde McCall and Steve Genta, Honey Competition Judges
8:30 The Chemical World of Bees – Mark Carroll, Tucson, AZ
9:00 Understanding Honey Bee Biology; the Key to Successful Management – Maryann Frazier, Penn State University
9:30 Break – Visit Exhibitors
9:55  Door Prizes
10:00 Thinking Big by Thinking Small – Improving Bee Health and Nutrition Through Microbial Management – Mark Carroll, Tucson, AZ
10:30 Freeman Small Hive Beetle Trap – Jerry Freeman, Arkansas 
11:00 A Recent Look at African Bees in Africa – Maryann Frazier, Penn State University
11:30 Africanized Honey Bees in Florida – Lawrence Cutts. Florida 
12:00 Closing Comments – Wesley Bommer, President, SCBA
12:15  End - Have a Safe Trip Home!


 SCBA Executive Committee Meeting at 12:45