If you are a beekeeper or thinking about getting a hive in the near future, there is an important meeting coming to Abingdon the first Saturday in May. The Highlands Beekeeping Association is hosting the meeting, titled “Small Hive Beetle Control and In-Hive Integrated Pest Management,” at the Higher Education Center in Abingdon. Dr. James Wilson, Extension apiculturist of Virginia Tech, will be the guest speaker.

The morning session, with registration at 9 a.m., will begin in the executive auditorium. The topics will include Small Hive Beetle Biology and Control and Tracheal and Varroa Mite Sampling and Management.

The afternoon session will move to the Washington County Extension Education Apiary, located at the 4-H Center at 25236 Hillman Highway NE on the east end of Abingdon for hands-on sessions (bring bee suit, veil and gloves). Topics for the afternoon include General Hive Inspection; Varroa Sampling; Sticky Board; Sugar Shake; Drone Trapping; and Making Splits.

The cost of the class is $35 and enrollment is limited to 100 participants. Pre-register at HighlandsBeekeepers.com or by sending a check for $35 payable to the Highlands Beekeepers Association to the Washington County Extension Office, 234 W. Valley St., Suite B, Abingdon, VA 24210. Participants will be given a Field Guide to Honeybee Maladies, published by the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, a certificate of completion, and a one-year membership in the Highlands Beekeepers Association.

Call the Washington Extension Office at 276-676-6309 if you have questions or email piplinda@embarqmail.com.  

Upcoming Events

April 17-20--Virginia Beef Expo, Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg.

April 20--SW Angus Sale, Washington County Fairgrounds.

April 26--Watershed Field Day for 6th Graders, CHS Stadium.

May 8--75th Annual Bristol Steer Show.

May 15-17--Tennessee State Ag Agent Meeting, Knoxville.

May TBA--Smyth Washington Cattleman’s Meeting.

June 17-21--Smyth County 4-H Camp.

June 24-27--Kentucky State Ag Agents Meeting, Owensboro.

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Dr. Andy Overbay is Smyth County’s agriculture and natural resources extension agent.

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