What NCDA&CS is doing
How you can help
Coordinating with other agencies and organizations to develop a N.C. Pollinator Protection Plan
The Plant Industry Division oversees beneficial insects, including inspecting honey bees.
The Agronomic Division helps farmers improve management of land to maintain effective habitat areas.
With funding from Syngenta, our 18 Research Stations are planting pollinator habitats using a variety of farm-friendly flowering crops. N.C. State University researchers are working on best practices for these habitats.
The N.C. Forest Service has pollinator gardens and wildlife food plots at many state educational forests and are working to find ways to support even more pollinators.
Structural Pest Control and Pesticides is supporting Beewatch and FieldWatch to help connect farmers and beekeepers.
Bees and farms need each other. It’s that simple.
Bees need the habitat and food found on North Carolina’s rich agricultural lands.
Farmers need the pollination services provided by these avid pollinators to grow up to a third of the crops that we produce.
To provide a safe and healthy environment for these important agricultural workers, beekeepers and farmers need to open up lines of communication that will allow all parties to make informed decisions that will protect and better serve bees and other pollinators.
Working together, we can create a healthier environment for pollinators and help keep agriculture North Carolina’s No. 1 industry.
Make Connections To Protect Pollinators
The best way to ensure protection of honey bees in regions where pesticides are used is to ensure effective communication between beekeepers and farmers. Fostering strong communication is the basis of a successful relationship.
Beekeepers and farmers with operations in close proximity are encouraged to have an open dialogue and should know one another’s name and pertinent contact information.
- Chatham Mills “Pollinator Paradise” Garden - N.C. Cooperative Extension
- N.C. Ag Chemical Manual (pdf) - Relative toxicity of ag chemicals to honeybees - pg 68
- Pollinator Protection - NCSU, Center for IPM
- Plants for pollinators (pdf) - Pollinator Partnership
- N.C. Beekeepers Association
- Agroforestry: Sustaining Native Bee Habitat For Crop Pollination (pdf) - USDA
- Bee City USA
- BeeSmart Pollinator Garden app - Pollinator Partnership
- Announcing New Steps to Promote Pollinator Health - White House
- Working Trees for Pollinators - (pdf) USDA Agroforestry
Additional Apiary Program Sites and Related Links:
- Apiary Inspection Services by Counties
- Report 2008-09
- Bee Linked
- 2016 Apiary Registration Form
- Small Hive Beetle
- List of Dealers Authorized to Sell Bees in NC (updated - March 14, 2016)
- How to Sell Bees in North Carolina
- Application Form - Permit to Sell Bees
- 2016 Compliance Agreement
- N.C. Bee and Honey Act of 1977
- N.C. Bee and Honey Act of 1977 (RTF printable)
- Honey and Bee Industry Regulations
- N.C. Africanized Honey Bee Advisory Task Force - 291
- Beekeeping, Tracheal Mite Disease, and Varroa Mite Disease
- N.C. Pollinator Information