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© Hundreds of people, including local beekeepers and elementary school students, checked out the latest news and products at the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association's annual spring meeting. © Hundreds of people, including local beekeepers and elementary school students, checked out the latest news and products at the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association's annual spring meeting.

WILMINGTON,NC (WECT) - Rainy weather kept the bees and their keepers indoors Thursday at the Wilmington Convention Center, but that didn't stop the learning.

Hundreds of people, including local beekeepers and elementary school students, checked out the latest news and products at the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association's annual spring meeting.

It kicked off Thursday and buzzes through the weekend offering presentations, products, and everything you need to know about keeping your hives thriving.

Many people say this event gives them a chance to collaborate with other Beekeepers and hear about problems they are experiencing with their hives.

"30 years ago bee keepers could be bee havers," Dr. David Tarpy with NC State University said. "But because of introduced exotic parasites and other problems that are facing the bee keeping population, beekeepers have to be much more active and proactive to remedy any problems that may arise."

Like the rest of the nation, officials say honeybees in southeastern North Carolina are seeing issues with their hives, and they believe this is a problem that could be felt worldwide.

"Things that define the healthy western diet are reliant upon insect pollination," Dr. Tarpy said. "So without honeybees and that steady revival honeybee population to do that pollination service, the fruits and vegetables that we really rely on are in jeopardy."

For more information on this event, go to www.ncbeekeepers.org.

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