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It has been a disastrous year in Western North Carolina for bees and their beekeepers. A cold winter, followed by a wet, stormy, late spring, followed by floods and more storms means we have no honey for 2018. We're focusing on getting them ready to make it through the winter and look forward to a new honey season next summer. 
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Twice a year the North Carolina Beekeepers Association hosts conferences with plenty of seminars and workshops to share the latest knowledge about beekeeping. This summer's conference had great speakers on the agenda with an abundance of information for novice and experienced beekeepers alike.
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Propolis is an antimicrobial resin that bees produce to protect their hives from disease, bacteria, as well as outside attack. They harvest resin, pollen, and other botanical substances to create this sticky 'bee glue' that is crucial for the health and survival of any hive.
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During the height of the Zika scare last summer, officials of Dorchester County in South Carolina used aerial spraying to combat the Zika virus-carrying mosquito. The unintended consequence of deploying the insecticide Naled during daylight hours resulted in the death of millions of bees and literally wiped out entire apiaries. 

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