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Lecture and discussion with NC State University Apiculture Specialist Dr. David Tarpy at the 2019 BEES Academy at CCACC in Pittsboro. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Are you a beekeeper with a number of years of experience who wants to increase your understanding of bees and improve your practices? Do you feel like you might need a “booster shot” to update what you learned in your beginner bee school? Wish there was an opportunity to reinforce your experience to maximize your beekeeping success?

If you answered yes, set aside two full days and immerse yourself in theoretical and practical aspects of beekeeping at the 2022 BEES Academy. During live and pre-taped videos from the Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES), Dr. David Tarpy, other members of the NC State University Apiculture Program, and N.C. Cooperative Extension agents will help you build upon your current knowledge of beekeeping by exploring a variety of beekeeping topics.

Each presentation will be roughly 30-60 minutes and will be followed by a short Q&A and discussion period. On the second day, you will have the opportunity to practice and observe important areas associated with bee management.

Date and Location:
September 16-17, 2022
Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center
Pittsboro, NC

The first day of the course will meet from 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. The second day will be from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

We will be releasing complete details including the full agenda about this event when we open registration in early August. For now we wanted to make you aware so you could get it on your calendar.

If you have any questions about this course please call 919-513-3967 or email

Varroa mite monitoring with NCDA&CS Apiary Inspector Supervisor Don Hopkins. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Honey bee diseases with NC State’s Jennifer Keller. Photo by Debbie Roos.

NC State University and N.C. A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity and prohibit discrimination and harassment regardless of age, color, disability, family and marital status, genetic information, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual identity (including pregnancy), and veteran status. NC State University, N.C. A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating. Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Ginger Cunningham, County Extension Director, at 919-542-8202,, or in person at the Chatham County office at least 30 days prior to the event.