Beekeeper day at EAS Inc’s Cedar Grove Research Facility, NC (USA)
Monday, September 14, 2015
On Wednesday 17th August, EAS Inc’s research facility in North Carolina became a hive of activity, quite literally! After recent postings in local beekeeper newsletters/journals, many people expressed an interest in this event from North-Central Carolina.
As a result, the inaugural Bee Keepers Day saw around 25 local beekeepers visiting the station for a day of demonstrations, tours and talks on bees. Our apiculturist's were on site with expert advice and we were pleased to welcome a guest speaker from the industry. Two presentations were given in the field on Tunnel Studies and Hive Assessments with one laboratory presentation focusing on sampling and dissection.
The aims of this event were to raise awareness of the importance of honey bee health, to help educate local beekeepers good beekeeping practices, and to demonstrate the differences in beekeeping in the research industry as compared to the backyard beekeeper. Of course, as a local business, EAS Inc was also keen to improve relationships with the local bee community as our facilities at Prospect Hill and Cedar Grove in North Carolina are becoming a center of excellence for entomology studies.
Guest began arriving at 12:30PM and the day began with a welcome speech from Ian Grieg under the welcome shade of an oak tree. Attendees were then given a brief overview of Eurofins Agroscience Services wider portfolio before the team really got down to business
Our guest speaker, an experienced apiculturist, gave a session entitled How to Assess a Colony like a Specialist – this comprehensive workshop style session was very well received.
The other presenter for the day was our Entomologist, Jessica Lawrence. Her topics included:
- Pesticides and honey bees (CCD / Honeybee diseases and pesticides)
- Eurofins bee capabilities, including force-feeding studies, larval feeding studies, tunnel studies, bees as sampling devices
- honey bee health as related to studies
- problems encountered in studies
- troubleshooting hive management during a study
- Stomach dissections
- Honey bee anatomy
- Dissection process and purpose
Each presenter was given an hour to speak on their topics, then an intermission, then groups switched. The smaller size groups ensured that everyone received a more interactive, intimate experience
The whole process took approximately 2.5 hours. Finally, it was back to the oak tree for Q&A.
Please contact Jessica Lawrence with any related questions.