Change of location for May BCBA meeting: Maryville Church of Christ


The Blount County Beekeepers Association will hold its May meeting at the Maryville Church of Christ on Sherwood Drive, across the bypass from Foothills Mall. The association will return to the Blount County Library for its June meeting, but the Maryville Church of Christ will be the permanent meeting place with the July meeting. TheContinue reading “Change of location for May BCBA meeting: Maryville Church of Christ”

BCBA hosts field day for new beekeepers April 30


The annual BCBA Field Day for New Beekeepers will be Saturday, April 30, at 1 p.m. at Charlie Parton’s farm. The farm is located at.1730 East Brown School Road Everyone is welcome, even if you’re not a BCBA member. What to bring: Veil, protective clothing and a hive tool. Directions: From Sevierville Road/411 North offContinue reading “BCBA hosts field day for new beekeepers April 30”

BCBA board shifts new beekeeper course to Saturday in Feb.


After many years of offering a two-night short course for new beekeepers in February, the BCBA is changing the time, place and format of that course.   In 2016, the short course will be Saturday, Feb. 20, at Maryville Church of Christ across the bypass from Foothills Mall.   The main reason for the changeContinue reading “BCBA board shifts new beekeeper course to Saturday in Feb.”

BCBA meeting July 13 to feature discussion of mead-making


The regular meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association will be on Monday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Blount County public library. The main topic on the program will be mead and how to make it out of your honey. In addition, beekeepers can bring a sample of honey to have it testedContinue reading “BCBA meeting July 13 to feature discussion of mead-making”

Derailment could delay local honey harvest – The Daily Times: News


The Maryville Daily times has published a full story on the plight of the beekeepers  who are in the area affected by last week’s train derailment. The story quotes BCBA members Coley O’Dell and Howard Kerr and BCBA president Harlen Breeden. Mike Studer, the state apiarist, is also quote. The story is a good summary ofContinue reading “Derailment could delay local honey harvest – The Daily Times: News”

Beekeepers asked to request that CSX analyze honey in the train derailment


Mike Studer, the state apiarist, has asked that Blount County beekeepers — particularly those in the evacuation zone of last week’s train derailment — request that CSX have honey from beehives within the zone analyzed for contaminants. That request should be made at the CSX outreach center, which is located at Heritage Middle School. StuderContinue reading “Beekeepers asked to request that CSX analyze honey in the train derailment”

State official gives go-ahead to Blount beekeepers to extract honey


All Blount County beekeepers can extract honey from their hives, Mike Studer, state apiarist, said on Saturday morning. But beekeepers should continue to monitor their hives to see if they notice any significant bee kills that might occur over the next couple of weeks. Studer asked on Friday that honey extraction be suspended from manyContinue reading “State official gives go-ahead to Blount beekeepers to extract honey”

State asks some Blount beekeepers to leave honey on hives until it can be tested


Mike Studer, the state apiarist, has asked that Blount County beekeepers, particularly those who have hives near the site of the recent train derailment, to do the following: — Leave the honey on the hives. Do not extract any honey until the state has had a chance to run some tests to determine if theContinue reading “State asks some Blount beekeepers to leave honey on hives until it can be tested”

Bee inspectors in the BCBA


It’s the state law to have your beehives registered, so don’t neglect this important duty. If you want them inspected, below is a list of association bee inspectors. There is no cost for this service. If you are planning to move the hives, they must be inspected.  Current inspectors in the BCBA: Stacey Adair, 983-6223Continue reading “Bee inspectors in the BCBA”

Seasonal management tips for June


Dennis Barry presented the seasonal portion of the June meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association on June 8 and told those attending that they should keep in mind the following during this busy month for beekeepers: The honey flow is nearly finished, and the honey supers should be coming off the hives fairly soon.Continue reading “Seasonal management tips for June”