Past Speakers

Jim Rash

Jim Rash January 11, 2024

January 11, 2024

Ashe County Agricultural Extension Office – 6:00 pm

Subject – Swarms – We all know that bees will swarm, but this presentation will focus on how do we prepare for these events? What items will you need to capture a swarm?

What equipment will help you be prepared to capture a swarm and get them to not only survive – but to thrive?

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James Wilkes

James Wilkes February 8, 2024

February 8, 2024

Our very own member, James Wilkes will be our speaker for the February 8, 2024 ACBA meeting. He will be addressing the issues of splits and how to properly multiply your hives this spring to increase the size of your apiary and grow you number of hives!

James is a beekeeper, college professor, farmer, and entrepreneur. With a career in computer science education and years of practical beekeeping experience that includes building a small family farm and bee business, his expertise is working at the intersection of computing and honey bees. He creates technology solutions that deliver a positive impact for honey bees and the stakeholders and the food systems that depend on them. James enjoys engaging with the beekeeping community to improve our understanding and care of honey bees.

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Anton Joubert

Anton Joubert March 14, 2024

March 14, 2024

Our speaker for the March 14, 2024 ACBA meeting will be our new NC Apiary Inspector, Anton Joubert. This will be a great time to meet the newest member of the State Agricultural team as he just started his new position over the Western Piedmont Region on January 2nd of this year!

Anton was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa and immigrated to the United States in the late 90s. He grew up in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, and got a Bachelor's of Science Degree from UNCG in 2013. His love for the outdoors and research took him all over the continental US, working in ecotoxicology research with honeybees and native pollinators. Anton is a first-generation beekeeper, has always fascinated by the inner workings of the honeybee colony, and loves the diversity in different kinds of people and backgrounds that the beekeeping hobby attracts.

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