Sheri and I have been in Boone, North Carolina in the Appalachian mountains, over 3,000 feet above heat wave across America. We’ve had pleasurable highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. Jealous? We are participating in the annual EAS (Eastern Apicultural Society) meeting where beekeepers from all over gather to hear the brightest thoughts talk about bees.

The most skilled researchers show up to reveal what they have found even prior to the information is released in magazines (but don’t tell anyone). Speakers included: Keith Delaplaine, Clarence Collison, John Skinner, Ann Harman, David DeJong, Medhat Nasr, Zachary Huang, David Tarpy, Gary Reuter, Debbie Delaney, Jeff Harris, Jon Zawislak, Kim Flottum, Dennis vanEngelsdorp, and many more! The meeting was appreciated by us and had taken in some places throughout the mountains too.

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Our youngest boy Christian, who is 3 almost, is a superb lover of trains. Lucky for him, beyond Boone there can be an old western recreation area just, with a real vapor locomotive that you can trip through the mountains. On the Tweetsie Railroad there is a chair lift to carry folks in the mountain to some other level of the park. After we managed to get up and got off Just, the electricity out went, stranding others on the chair lift.

It was only out for less than 10 minutes, but many of us were starting to wonder how those interpersonal individuals were going to get down. Christian loved the chair lift too. My focus, however, was to consider two more tests for the master beekeeping certification. So during the night I used to be studying hard, memorizing and cramming!

On Thursday I got the written and lab tests. The written test took me 3 hours to take and the laboratory test took 3 hours as well. Night through Friday the suspense was solid Thursday night! Finally late Friday, after all of the tests were graded, I then found out I had handed and I’m an EAS authorized Grasp Beekeeper now. 4 of us were certified this season.

There are about 127 EAS authorized master beekeepers. Here I am at the honors banquet with Dr. Clarence Collison, who’s head of the master beekeeping program. I’d encourage beekeepers who coach classes or speak often on bees or are state inspectors to think about this certification. Just click here for more information. I met some more great people at EAS, made new friends, and swept up on news from old friends.

I want to tell you about two people in particular. A Mike was fulfilled by me Chapel. He introduced himself to me having recognized me from these lessons online. He was just the nicest man. Though I didn’t reach spend enough time with Mike, the tiny times we did exchange conversation I strolled away motivated always.

Mike will definitely be someone I’ll want to spend more time with next yr when the meeting is in Rhode Island. Pleasure to meet you, Mike. The next person I enjoy hanging out with is a fellow get good at beekeeper always, Jon Zawislak. I met Jon last year at EAS in New York.

Jon works for the cooperative extension service, division of agriculture in Arkansas. He has a much more impressive title, but it can’t be remembered by me. He’s basically Arkansas’ best bee guy in my opinion. Jon is a lot of fun to be with and he knows his bugs! Speaking of bugs, let’s talk about bees. Who wants to discuss pest and disease? Nobody wants to see problems in the hive.

But let me say that the majority of enough time hives do not experience most of these problems that we’ll examine. If it happens to you, do not despair. Many of these problems can be managed adequately. Sometimes they could be prevented through proper management skills. Other times they can be remedied with intervention from the beekeeper if the hive perishes, the beekeeper can always check it out again next year with greater knowledge and wisdom. So, do not take the information from this lesson and be a hypochondriac with respect to your bees, fearing that your bees have everything I’ve mentioned. You’ll never see these problems Maybe.