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Jerry has always been an avid outdoor enthusiast and considering there are generations of beekeepers within his family, it is not surprising that beekeeping came natural to him as well. At just twelve years old, Jerry bought two beehives and has been beekeeping ever since. He is currently the president of the Coastal Plains Beekeeper Association and past vice-president and current member of the Tar River Beekeepers Association. He owns and operates Coastal Bee Supply Company and supplies local beekeepers with necessary beekeeping equipment, nucleus colonies and packages. Additionally, Jerry is a mentor to beginner beekeepers and is also highly involved in bee pollination throughout Eastern North Carolina.
To combat problems that could occur from the impact that pesticides can potentially have on honey bees, Jerry continues to maintain close communication with farmers to ensure that the proper steps are taken to reduce such risks. His advice for non-beekeepers that want to help the current bee population is to plant a variety of bee friendly plants and to allow dandelions among other naturally bee friendly weeds to grow. Furthermore, Jerry advises people to donate to bee research organizations and advocate for partial compensation to be introduced into the next Farm Bill for farmers that are ensuring pollen friendly areas on their land.
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||The American Experience
||April 28, 2017, 12:28 p.m.