August program: Nancy Ruppert on Saving Your Bees

Beekeepers in most of the U.S. (including NC) have faced unsustainable losses during most of the past ten years.  Nancy’s program covers the most common reasons for hive decline / loss, and the fact that most hive losses are preventable IF THE BEEKEEPER RECOGNIZES AND MANAGES PROBLEMS AT AN EARLY STAGE.  Signs to look for and management tips to prevent hive death and destruction are also included.

State apiary inspector Nancy Ruppert has worked for the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services since August of 2010, covering 17 counties in south-central and southeastern North Carolina.  A registered nurse since the 1980’s, Nancy worked almost 20 years as a family nurse practitioner before changing to a less stressful occupation.  An active beekeeper for 15 years at her residence in Montgomery county, her particular apiary interests include hive pests and diseases, honey bee nutrition, and reducing honey bee stress.

Please note that the August meeting will be at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 125 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh!!  Socialize from 7 p.m. until the meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.        Directions to the Church of the Good Shepherd

Also, the September meeting will feature Nancy’s colleague Will Hicks on Pest Management and will be held at the North Carolina Rural Center at 4021 Carya Drive in Raleigh!!   Additional details will be posted closer to the meeting date.