How sweet it is...  Honey bees are important for our sustainability and the most efficient sustainable system on earth.  Everything they need they produce themselves.  Everything they produce we can use for food, food additives, food seasoning, beneficial health products, beauty products, household products and beneficial candles.  Everything they produce, use and discard, we can recycle back into the hive or use for household remedies.  That is not to mention the pollination service they provide. 

Let's Celebrate the Honeybee Today and Always!    

SCBA is proud to announce the 2014-2016 Executive Board .  During the Summer Meeting, Eck Miller of York County turned over the President position to Bill Grayson of Laurens County.  Eck Miller led us for three years with Bill Grayson as the Vice President.   Larry Haig of Charleston Area Beekeepers was voted in as Vice President.  Cynthia Robinson of Fort Mill & York was voted in as Secretary.  Lucretia Hanks of Laurens County was voted in as Treasurer.  

Read Bill Grayson's recent address to the State here.  
To Contact any member of the SCBA Executive Board click here.

2014 THEME 
HoneyBee Survivability and Succeeding as a Beekeeper

This year's Summer Conference was an overwhelming success.  We appreciate SC Beekeepers, Vendors and Leadership that came out.  Next conference dates are for the NC/SC Joint Meeting in Monroe, NC Feb.5,6 & 7, 2015.  Recap the Event with SCBA UPDATE & Info

Bee Removal 
If you are having an issue with honeybees on your property, please contact a local beekeeper.  Click here to see a list Local Associations.  There is also additional resources click here.  


SC HoneyBee Research Grant 
What research projects do you want to see accomplished that will help SC Beekeepers.  Help Beekeepers in honey production, pest control, eliminating colony deaths, and proven survivability methods.  Please contact Kerry Owens email or call 864-898-5122.
Hive Scale Report

FDA Looking at Bee Sting Therapy 
New Content for the SC State Fair-Registration Entries are NOW being accepted for honey, beeswax judging and honey bee education presentations. Click here for more info

The Bee Cause Project -
Gets space through a medical 
MUSC partnered with the non-profit The Bee Cause Project in getting the hive as part of a pay-it-forward model. “She’s giving us our hive for free, but we’re raising money for the next one,” Johnson said of the $2,000 hive. “We’ve decided to do an annual fundraiser for them. We want to continue to promote the cause. It’s so critical for food pollination and the bee colonies.”  click here for more information

Honey bees are very important to SC because of the large number agriculture farms.  Honey bees benefit all crops, gardens, trees and flowers.   For the State of SC Blooms are important to beekeepers.  click here to see the list of plants for SC.

Interested in starting a hive of honey bees Most local associations conduct winter or early spring beginner beekeeping classes. 
To find an association click here...

We are on the cutting edge of research but to make that happen we need funds to get these projects done.  If you would like to donate click here...

click here to go to SC State Facebook
"SC State Beekeepers" is on Facebook .  Post ads for beekeeping equipment, share tips, photos, or ask questions. 

Spring Meeting RECAP
Best Beekeeping Practices by Mell Wallace
Miller Method by Mark Sweatman
Queen Rearing for SCBA by Dwight Porter
Click on the above links, the PowerPoint Show will download to your download folder on your computer.  Go to the download and click to open the PowerPoint Show. You will then have to press your Enter button or Right Arrow button to advance the slides. 

Recent Publications
Tami Enright for The Bee Cause was quoted in a recent article in the Synergies-A Reader for Regional Sustainability

EAS Fall Journal 2013-Take time to look thru the articles and pictures.  EAS stands for Eastern Apicultural Society Click here to learn more....   

Catch the Buzz by Kim Flottum, Bee Culture  In this article Kim explains research findings that indicate that the Queen Bee gives signals are deeper than the pheromones she puts out.  More on Kim Flottum .....

July 28 - August 1, 2014

Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky

Registration for Dorms, Meals, and Special Events has been extended to midnight, Sunday, July 13


In Eastern Kentucky, when we are excited about the future, we say “we are fixing” to do something or go somewhere.  This colloquialism implies that Kentuckians are problem-solving people, one reason I’ve been partial to using it.


“Esprit de Bee!” will be this years theme in honor of troops returning from Afghanistan and the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act.  Come to the lectures and hands on training from some the foremost honey bee experts in the world, such as Jennifer Berry, Dianna Sammataro, Micheal Palmer, Dewey Caron, Jeff Harris, Maryann Frazier, and Wyatt Mangum and a whole host of other local and international experts.

We are a private non-profit organization dedicated to education and advocacy ensuring that South Carolina beekeepers have the information & tools they need to meet the challenges of modern beekeeping.

Published on Mar 2, 2013

A short film about honey bees by Peter Nelson. Original score by John Powell. Narrated by Bill McKibben. 
Filmed as part of the Miro Inspiration Challenge sponsored by Vision Research and Abel Cine.


Our mission also includes public education as we strive to provide individuals, and public and private organizations with factual and up to date information about the honey bee, beekeeping, and its importance to our food supply. We have 19 local beekeeping associations in South Carolina with members who are ready willing and able to talk to you about beekeeping in our state and if you ask, might be willing to tell you where you can get good, wholesome, local honey. As the man on television used to say...

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