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"Save the Date"

  • Free Bee Club presentation on varroa mites and Honey Bee Health Coalition tools.
  • June 03 - Walter T. Kelley will be having a Field Day, the featured speaker is Larry Connor. There will be a KSBA Business Meeting after the Field Day and local member associations should send a representative.
  • Please note: Until further notice, the USDA Beltsville Lab is suspending its honey bee disease analysis service until further notice. When the service is offered, this website will post a notice.

Bee a Good Neighbor!

With the White House Pollinator Protection Strategies prioritizing more habitat for bees, many people are starting beehives in urban landscapes, schools, rooftops and other environments that the general public is not accustomed to seeing hives. A five-minute chat before you move a hive to your backyard can go a long way toward avoiding misunderstandings, defining comfort-levels between neighbors and your bees, and establishing a good rapport as an ambassador for pollinators.

Some basic tips: if neighbors are close, place tall potted plants or trash receptacles in front of the bee hive entrances so bees have to fly out and up over walkways and yards and play-spaces. Point hive entrances away from populated areas.

Remember that bees need a gallon of water a day during summer. Before your bees establish your neighbor's pool as their preferred source of water, train them to use a watering source closer to your home. Have at the ready a moving screen in case a neighbor is mowing a lawn or there is an unplanned party in the vicinity.

Document the health of your hive on a timely basis. Establish a schedule so that you can check your bees when your neighbors will be gone.

Many neighbors have been stung by yellow-jackets and assume your honey bees are the same as yellow jackets. Try not to be frustrated by this fear. Point out the differences (and the benefits of honey bees), but do not be surprised if it will take some time for your neighbors to understand that not all stinging insects are the same.

As Wendell Berry says, "Love the neighbor you have, not the one you wish you had."

Standard Operating Procedures for Reporting a Pesticide Kill to Division of Environmental Services

    If you suspect a hive has been impacted by pesticide applications, please adhere to the following standard operating procedures that KY Dept. of AGR maintains when collecting samples:

  • First, after beginning a routine inspection, if you suspect that a hive has been impacted by chemicals, go no further and put the hive back together. Leave the area alone and immediately contact KY Dept. of AGR inspectors to arrange a meeting at the following numbers: 1.502.573.0282 or 1.866.289.0001.
  • Do not take samples. The KY Dept. of AGR inspectors cannot accept samples of bees collected prior to their investigation.
  • The investigator will take a statement from the beekeeper about the possible hive-contamination event. It would assist in the process if the beekeeper has supporting evidence such as photographs of the impacted hive before the chemical spray, video footage, pictures of actual spraying, etc. These items are not mandatory, but highly recommended.
  • As part of preparing a statement, the beekeeper should have the contact information of their neighbors and suspected sources of contamination, the types of plants in bloom in neighboring fields, where potential water sources may be, date of alleged chemical sprays, as well as any information that can help the inspector assess the situation. Being able to brief the KY Dept. of AGR inspector with this information expedites the process of recording a statement.
  • Since inspectors may not be beekeepers, beekeepers should have an extra jacket, a smoker, and be willing to collect samples if the inspectors are either allergic or apprehensive about working a beehive.

KSBA Officers

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KSBA Officers for 2017

Steve Meyer - President
270 783 0059
jsmlrm@yahoo.com
Bobby Bush - Vice President
270 776 3091
Nikki Moore - Secretary
270 792 4495
Harris Overholt - Treasurer
270 622 5286
Cliff Oliver - Sergeant at Arms
270 935 8453

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Hive and Apiary Inspections

The State Apiarist's Office provides free hive and apiary inspections for Kentucky beekeepers. The State Apiarist will inspect apiaries and hives for the presence of honeybee diseases and pests. Specimens for laboratory examination will be collected if needed. After the inspection the beekeeper will be provided a written report listing any diseases, pests or other problems found and a listing of remedies for correcting these problems. (See The Importance of Late Summer/Early Fall Inspections).


General Policy for Apiary and Hive Inspections:

  • Beekeeper must be present during requested inspections.
  • Beekeeper will open hives and remove frames for inspections.
  • Attempt will be made to conduct inspections as soon as possible after request but inspection dates and times subject to State Apiarist's schedule.

To schedule an apiary and hive inspection, or for more information about this service contact our office.

Grant opportunities

Start here to find grants that will help you get your beekeeping operation off the ground or take it to the next level.

Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund investment area guidelines

Kentucky Proud programs

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Bee-friendly wildflowers

Here's a sample plan to show you how affordable it is to raise a bee-friendly wildflower garden.

From Shannon Trimboli, the KSBA Webmaster:

Our KSBA webpage webmaster suggests that an officer of each local beekeeping association check their clubs local listing. If the listing is correct, it should be correct on the Kentucky local association map. These links may also be reached by going to www.ksbabeekeeping.org.


If the local association listing needs to be updated, please send an email to Shannon Trimboli, the webmaster at GrassyRoadsFarm@shannontrimboli.com, with the updated information. All requests MUST come from a local association officer.  If your association is not listed, please send Shannon the needed information, and she will create a listing for your group.  Shannon suggests you look at other association listings to see what in-formation is needed.

Kentucky Beekeeping Association Listing and Contacts

Since inclement weather has not been a factor, the 2017 beekeeper schools have been well-attended, and we show no signs of slowing down in March. There are three events this weekend (March 04) as well as three scheduled on March 18, in addition to the Bluegrass Beekeepers School on March 11. These schools are modestly priced compared to other states, and quite often include lunch. They are a real deal!

Spring Reminders:

  • If you haven’t rotated your hives by now, you may be too late. Based on our apiary, the honey bees have moved down into their lower brood chambers. Disregard any of my advice about rotation if the honey bees have moved into the bottom.
  • Impressed by full frames of brood we saw last Friday, Doug and I will be adding supers to discourage swarming this week. Honey bees like to move up and out as the temperatures warm, so if you want to discourage that swarming instinct, you should provide room to the side and on top of the brood area.
  • It’s a fine line between maintaining food stores on top of the brood and allowing the brood (inadvertently) to become honey-bound, but that is why you need to do regular inspections. It is also quite possible for honey bees to run out of nutrition, so maintain the checkups as long as the temperatures allow. Maintain nutrition as necessary.
  • We also saw small hive beetles in last Friday’s maintenance checks, so we will be 1. putting our traps in around the cluster and Swiffer sheets in the top supers, 2. scratching the soil underneath the hives to expose the small hive beetle larvae to the sunlight, and 3. spreading table salt. See also, University of Arkansas information: https://www.uaex.edu/publications/PDF/FSA-7075.pdf
  • This is the last chance you have to cull old beeswax and equipment from your apiary before the season kicks into high gear. Culling beeswax older than five years is a good hygienic thing to do, and you’ll be impressed with how quickly the honey bees like to draw out new foundation.
  • Also, remember to sterilize your hive tools in your smoker before working your hives. These simple steps can go a long way to preventing the spread of disease such as chalkbrood, sacbrood, European and American foulbrood.
  • It is also not too early to sample your bees and see what the overwintered varroa mite loads are. Again, with our warmer temperatures in January and February, I suspect that the queen bees have not really quit laying, so there hasn’t been a sufficient “brood break” in many of the hives.

Please take time to read and/or view the materials at the Honey Bee Health Coalition, www.honeybeehealthcoalition.org. The Varroa Mite Guide and videos discuss the various treatment options as well as how to sample your bees. These materials are also available on the KY State Beekeepers Association website and the link is on the KY Dept. of AGR website too (link provided in my signature). Bee clubs are welcome to enhance your meetings with the videos without fear of screening fees or punitive actions, so consider showing some of these.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone in the next three weeks at some of our schools! Enjoy the March Beeline and take care of your honey bees!

Kentucky's beekeeping associations are a great source of beekeeping information and assistance for Kentucky beekeepers. Beekeeping associations hold regularly scheduled meetings and other activities. Contact the individual beekeeping associations for more information (see individual listings below). Please check this page often for more information as we will update regularly.

Statewide Beekeeping Association Kentucky State Beekeeping Association (KSBA)
KSBA is a statewide organization dedicated to the promotion of honeybees and beekeeping and to providing a forum for training in the art of beekeeping and the production of honey. The association publishes a bimonthly newsletter, and holds three beekeeping conferences each year.

Local Beekeeping Association list

Listing alphabetical by county in which most meetings are held.

Allen County Beekeepers Association, Scottsville , KY

Meets: second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM
Allen County Extension Office
200 East Main St.
Scottsville, KY
Contact #1: Michele Boling, president: (270) 792-9015, mlboling44@gmail.com
Contact #2: Harris Overholt, Treasurer, Phone: (270) 622-5286
Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/allencountybeekeepers/home/

Audubon Beekeepers Association, Spottsville, KY

Meets: second Monday of the month at 7:00PM
Henderson County Extension's Expo and Education Center
3341 Zion Road
Henderson, KY
Contact #1: Larry Stone, (270) 249-9431, larryrita72@att.net
Web site: audubonbeekeepersassociation.com

Barren County Beekeepers Association

Meets: Barren County Beekeepers Association meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at the Barren County Extension Office.
Contact #1: John Benham, 270-404-0648, purebarrenriverhoney@gmail.com

Beekepers in Bourbon County, Paris, KY

Meets: County Extension agent periodically conducts meetings for beekeepers
Bourbon County Extension Office
603 Millersburg Road
Paris, KY
Contact #1: Ray Tackett, Bourbon County Extension Agent, 284 Second Street Paris, KY 40361, 859-987-1895, atackett@email.uky.edu

Big South Fork Beekeepers Association, Whitley City, KY

Meets: the second Friday of the month at 7:00 pm
McCreary County Extension Office
250 College Street
Whitley City, KY
Contact #1: James Foster, President, 606-376-5428, gagie@accesshsd.net
Contact #2: Greg Whitis, McCreary County Agriculture Extension Agent, 606-376-2524, gwhitis@uky.edu

Blue Grass Beekeepers Association, Lexington, KY

Meets: second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM (except Jan & Aug)
Fayette County Extension Office
1140 Red Mile Place
Lexington, KY
Contact #1: James E. Davis, Secretary, (502) 857-2272,mandjed371@email.msn.com
Contact #2: President Ruth Jeffers, ruth@jeffersfamily.com
Web site: bluegrassbeekeepers.com

Buffalo Trace Beekeepers Association, Maysville, KY

Meets: second Thursday of every month at 7:00PM
Mason County Extension
800 U.S. 62 Business
Maysville, KY
Contact #1: Bradley Dotson, President, 606-584- 4645, bradlydotson@outlook.com
Contact #2: Bill Steward 606-584-8900

Capital City Beekeepers Association, Frankfort, KY

Meets: fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM
Franklin County Cooperative Extension Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service Bldg.
101 Lakeview Ct
Frankfort, KY
Contact #1: Ken Daniels, President, (502) 682-3144 kdwbs@aol.com
Contact #2: George Fowler, Past-President, (502) 472-4640, geofowler@gmail.com

Cave Run Beekeepers Association, Frenchburg, KY

Meets: first Thursday of the month at 6:30pm (except Jan)
Menifee County Extension Office
140 Main Street
Frenchburg, KY
Contact #1: Jim Coss, president, (606) 784-3108,jcoss@thehoneyandbeeconnection.com

Clinton County Beekeepers Association, Albany, KY

Meets: second Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM
Clinton County Extension Office
2601 N Highway 127
Albany, KY
Contact #1: Val Lulaks, 606-387-4258, plulaks@windstream.net

Dark Honey Producers, McKee, KY

Meets: Conducts spring and fall meetings
Jackson County Extension Office
1408 Main Street South
McKee, KY
Contact #1: Philip Curd, prcurd@prtcnet.org
606 438 4042 cell • 606 965 3315 home
Contact #2: Jeff Henderson, jhenders@uky.edu

Floyd County Beekeepers Association, Prestonsburg , KY

Meets: first Tuesday of even months , Feb, April,June, Aug, Oct, Dec at 6:00pm
At the Floyd County Extension office
921 South Lake Drive
Prestonsburg, KY
Contact #1: Steve Buckley, president, 606-226-0481, Stevebuckleyrn@hotmail.com

Grayson County Beekeepers Association, Leitchfield, KY

Meets: LAST Thursday of the month, except November and December. Meeting times are at 7:00pm in the Summer and 6:30pm in the Winter
Grayson County Extension Office
123 Commerce Drive
Leitchfield, KY
Contact #1: Joe Taylor, President, 270-879-8654 shopteacher@gmail.com, PO Box 234, Leitchfield, KY 42755

Green River Beekeeping Association, Campbellsville, KY

Meets: third Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM
Taylor County Extension Office
1143 South Columbia Avenue
Campbellsville, KY
Contact #1: Dave Davis, drdavis03@scrtc.com
Contact #2: Ted Caldwell, secretary /treasurer. socaltlc@aol.com

Green Valley Beekeeping Association, Owensboro, KY

Meets: first Monday of the month at 7:00 PM
Owensboro Science and History Museum
122 East 2nd Street
Owensboro, KY
Contact #1: Jim Huff, (270) 276-3688, Kyhoneyman@aol.com

Hardin County Beekeepers Association

Meets: 3rd Thursday at 6pm (winter) or 7pm (summer) (except Nov & Dec)
residence of Howard Halterman
3633 Nolin Road
Sonora, KY
Contact #1: John Farris, president, (270) 505-3351, farrisj4038@msn.com

Harlan County Beekeepers Association, Harlan , KY

Meets: first Tuesday at 6:00PM
Harlan County Extension Office
519 South Main Street
Harlan, KY
Contact #1: Jeremy Williams, Harlan County Agriculture Extension Agent, (606) 573-4464, jnwillia@uky.edu

Kentuckiana Beekeepers Association, Louisville, KY

Meets: first Friday of the month, calendar at kyanabees.com/events-2/
Bon Air Regional Library
2816 Del Rio Place
Louisville, KY
Contact #1: KentuckianaBees@gmail.com
Contact #2: Amber Dale Cann, president, amberdcann@gmail.com
Web site: www.kyanabees.com

Kentucky Backyard Beekeepers Association, Williamstown, KY

Meets: second Monday of the month
Grant County Extension Office
105 Baton Rouge Road
Williamstown, KY
Contact #1: Irvin VanWinkle, 513.233.1404

Lake Barkley Beekeepers Association, Paducah, KY

Meets: first Monday of the month at 6:30PM
Graves County Extension Office
251 Housman Street
Mayfield, KY
Contact #1: Kent Williams, President, 270-382-2348, kvwilliams@wk.net

Lake Cumberland Beekeepers Association, Somerset, KY

Meets: third Monday of the month at 7:00 PM
Pulaski County Extension Office
29 Parkway Drive
Somerset KY

Ginger Renaker, President
77 Faubush Road
Nancy KY 42544
Phone: (H) 606-871-7743
(Cell) 606-416-0041

Michael Wooton, Vice-President
322 Grider Anderson Road
Science Hill, KY 42553
Phone: (H) 606-423-4048
(Cell) 606-271-8609
Mikewooton@hotmail.com

Dan Crockett, Treasurer
2656 Slate Branch Road
Somerset, KY 42503
Phone: (H) 606-678-8338
(Cell) 606-224-9433
dg.crockett@yahoo.com

Tony Saylor, Secretary
152 Scarlett Oak Drive
Somerset, KY 42503
Phone: (H) 606-679-1576
(Cell) 606-875-1020
tonysaylor48@gmail.com

Licking River Beekeepers Association Owingsville, KY

Meets: Second Monday of the month at 6:30 PM
Bath County Extension office
24 West Main Street
Owingsville, KY
Contact #1: Bruce Barnes, President, lickingriverba@gmail.com
Contact #2: Like us on Facebook or find us at our blog
Web site: lickingriverba.blogspot.com

Lincoln County Beekeepers INC., Stanford, KY

Meets: second Monday of the month
Lincoln County extension office
104 Metker Trail
Stanford, KY
Contact #1: Katherine White, 606-355-7846, bkwhiteky@hughes.net

Lincoln Trails Beekeepers Association, Springfield, KY

Meets: first Monday of the month at 6:30PM
Washington County Extension Office
211 Progress Ave
Springfield, KY
Contact #1: Bill Carrico, 859-336-3759, rosiebill@bellsouth.net

Little Sandy Beekeepers Association, Grayson, KY

Meets: first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM
Carter County Extension Education Building
94 Fairground Drive
Grayson, Ky
Contact #1: John Blasius, President, contact 606-286-5893 johnblasius@hotmail.com
Contact #2: Mail contact information: Little Sandy Bee Keepers 88 Upper Smokey rd. Olive hill, KY 41164
Web site: https://www.facebook.com/TheLittleSandyBeeKeepersClub

Madison County Beekeepers Association

Meets: fourth Monday of the month at 6:00PM
Madison County Extension office
230 Duncannon Lane
Richmond, KY
Contact #1: Randy Rosbrook, 859.376.0332, rrosbrook@juno.com
Contact #2:
Web site: www.madisoncountybeekeepersassociation.com

Magoffin County Beekeepers Association, Salyersville, KY

Meets: fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 PM
Magoffin County Extension Office
15 Rockhouse Fork Rd
Salyersville, KY
Contact #1: Courtney Jenkins, 606-349-3216, calacy2@uky.edu

Mammoth Cave Beekeepers Association, Brownsville, KY

Meets: first Tuesday evening of each month beginning at 6:30 PM
Edmonson County Public Library
280 Ferguson Street
Brownsville, KY
Contact #1: Barry Cowles, president, 270-799-5106 , beekeep2455@gmail.com

Martin County Beekeepers Association, Inez, KY

Meets: second Monday of each month at 5:30 pm
Martin County Extension Service Farmers' Market Shed
Middlefork Road
Inez, KY
Contact #1: Roger Mollette, Martin County Extension Service, (606) 298-7742, rmollett@uky.edu

Meade County Beekeepers Association, Brandenburg, KY

Meets: third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM (subject to change)
Meade County Extension Office
1041 Old Ekron Road
Brandenburg, KY
Contact #1: Shird Robinson, president, 270-828-2549, shird825@bbtel.com

Meetings for Beekepers in Lewis County, Vanceburg, KY

Meets: County Extension agent periodically conducts meetings
Lewis County Extension Office
284 Second Street
Vanceburg, KY
Contact #1: Philip Konopka, Lewis County Agriculture Extension Agent, (606) 796-2732, philip.konopka@uky.edu

Meetings for Beekepers in Mercer County, KY

Contact #1: Jessica Bessin, (859) 734-4378, jessica.bessin@uky.edu

Mountain Beekeepers - Morgan County

Meets: 1st of Monday of each month, 6:00 pm
at the Morgan County Extension Service Conference Room
1002 Prestonsburg Street
West Liberty, KY
Contact #1: Carl Alfrey, President, 606.369.7790. Home: 606.725.5888. Contact #2: Will Noble, Secretary 835 Buskirk Road Grassy Creek, Ky 41352 william.noble@morgan.kyschools.us 606-359-0317

Mountain Beekeepers Association, Whitesburg, KY

Meets: second Tuesday of the month
Letcher County Extension Office
478 Extension Dr
Whitesburg, KY
Contact #1: Allen Meyers, 606-633-7044, allenandruby@tvscable.com

Nelson County Beekeepers Association, Bardstown, KY

Meets: Third Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM.
Nelson County Extension Office
317 S. Third St
Bardstown, KY
Contact #1: Doug Brink, 502-724-6570, dougbrink22@gmail.com

Northeast Kentucky Beekeepers , Ashland, KY

Meets: second Tuesday of the month, at 6:00PM
Boyd County Extension Office
2420 Center Street
Catlettsburg, KY
Contact #1: Lori Bowling, Boyd County Extension Agent, (606) 739-5184, lbbowlin@uky.edu

Northern Kentucky Beekeepers Association, Alexandria, KY

Meets: first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM (meeting site is alternated)
Campbell County Extension Office
3500 Alexandria Pike
Highland Heights, KY
Contact #1: Tom Spille, President, (859) 393-6323, tomspille@yahoo.com www.nkybeekeepers.com

Northern Kentucky Beekeepers Association

Meets: first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM (meeting site is alternated)
Boone County Extension Office
6028 Camp Ernst Road
Burlington, KY
Contact #1: Tom Spille, President, (859) 393-6323, tomspille@yahoo.com www.nkybeekeepers.com

Ohio County Beekeepers Association

Meets: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM
Ohio County Extension Office
1337 Clay Street
Hartford, KY 42347
Contact #1: Chris Renfrow, President, (270)-556-0853, chrisrenfrow1968@gmail.com

Oldham County Beekeepers Association, Buckner, KY

Meets: second Friday of the month (except for scheduled field days) at 7:30 PM
Oldham County Extension Office
1815 North Highway 393
LaGrange , KY
Contact #1: Terry L. McDonald, President (502) 314-8052, ziti07@bellsouth.net

Paradise Beekeepers Association, Central City, KY

Meets: third Monday at 6:00 PM
Muhlenberg County Extension office
3690 State Route 1380
Central City, KY
Contact #1: Shirley Stirsman, president, 270-525-6153, j.stirsman@wildblue.net

Pennyrile Beekeepers Association, Hopkinsville, KY

Meets: second Monday of the month at 6:30 PM
Christian County Cooperative Extension Education Center
2850 Pembroke Road
Hopkinsville, KY
Contact #1: Steve Buchweitz, 630-650-2576, barkleyhillshoney@gmail.com
Contact #2: Tony Prettyman, 270-348-3675

Pike County Beekeepers Association, Pikeville, KY

Pike County Extension Office
148 Trivette Dr
Pikeville, KY
Contact #1: Neil Hunt, president, 606- 437-0472, mossyoak3000@yahoo.com

Powell County Beekeepers Association, Stanton, KY

Meets: first Thursday of the month (but not every month, so contact Mike Reed for meeting dates) at 6:30PM
Powell County Extension Office
169 Maple Street
Stanton, KY
Contact #1: Pam Dooley, (606) 663-6404, pdooley@email.uky.edu

Russell County Bee Club, Russell Springs. KY

Meets: first Monday of the month, at 6:00PM Central Time (usually)
Russell County Extension Office
2688 S. Hwy 127
Russell Springs, KY
Contact #1: Wanda Miick, Russell County Cooperative Extension Program, (270) 866-4477, wanda.miick@kysu.edu

Shelby County Beekeepers Association, Shelbyville, KY

Meets: fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00PM
Shelby County Extension office
1117 Frankfort Rd
Shelbyville, KY
Contact #1: Doug Steck, 502.738.5397, dsteck923@gmail.com
Contact #2: Extension Office Horticulture Tech , Walt.Reichert@uky.edu
Web site: www.shelby.ca.uky.edu/ Click on the honeybee or calendar of events

Southeast Beekeepers Association, London, KY

Meets: third Thursday of each month (Mar - Oct) at 6:00 PM
Laurel County Extension Office
200 County Extension Road
London, KY
Contact #1: Bonnie Sigmon, Laurel County Horticulture Agent, 606-864-4167, bonnie.sigmon@uky.edu
Web site: www.ca.uky.edu/laurel

Three Rivers Beekeepers Association, Carrollton, KY

Meets: For meeting dates and time, contact the association president
Carroll County Extension office
500 Floyd Dr
Carrollton, KY
Contact #1: Donna Marshall, President, (502) 347-5640, BNMarsha@bellsouth.net

Warren County Beekeepers Association, Bowling Green, KY

Meets: fourth Tuesday of the month
Warren County Extension Office
3132 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, KY
Contact #1: Matthew Doucette, President 270.779.0071, matt@newbeeuniversity.com

Western Kentucky Beekeepers, Eddyville, KY

Meets: third Tuesday of the month at 6:00PM
Lyon County Extension office
231 West Main Street
Eddyville, KY
Contact #1: David or Beth Duncan, 270-388-9223 (home) or 270-601-0048 (cell), bdduncan1@bellsouth.net

Whitley County Beekeepers, Corbin, KY

Meets: second Thursday of each month, (Mar-Oct), at 7:00 PM
Whitley County Extension Office
4275 U.S. 25W
Williamsburg, KY
Contact #1: Carl Jackson, 606.521.1922, carl.jackson34@gmail.com

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List of Major Beekeeper Suppliers*

This is a listing of beekeeping equipment suppliers that Kentucky beekeepers often do business with*. If you know of a beekeeing supply company that you think should be added to this list, please contact the State Apiarist with the name and contact information for the company. Kentucky locations in italics!
Beekeeper Suppliers
From the Kentucky State University Honey bee Lab
The Kentucky Master Beekeeping Program

Developed and directed by Thomas C. Webster, Kentucky State University
The Master Beekeeping program is designed toward two objectives: to help experienced beekeepers become more successful, and to serve Kentucky beekeeping.

This is a listing of beekeeping equipment suppliers that Kentucky beekeepers often do business with*. If you know of a beekeeing supply company that you think should be added to this list, please contact the State Apiarist with the name and contact information for the company. Kentucky locations in italics!
Betterbee, Inc.
8 Meader Road
Greenwich, NY 12834
Phone: 1-800-632-3379 (toll free)
Email: betterbee@betterbee.com
Website:  http://www.betterbee.com/
Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
610 Bethany Church Rd.
Moravian Falls, NC 28654
Phone: 1-800-233-7929 (toll free)
Email: sales@beeequipment.com
Website: http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/
Clearbranch Bee Supply
9390 Old Ky. 15
Pine Ridge, Ky. 41360
Owner: Michael Tyra
Phone: 606-663-4129)
Email: clearbranch636@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.clearbranchbeesupply.com We make wooden ware in 8 and 10 frame sizes including shallow, medium., and deep frames, we also supply foundation. Will ship any where in the U.S.A.
Dadant & Sons, Inc. - Frankfort, KY Branch
Branch Manager: Clay Guthrie
955 Chenault Road, Building D
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 1-888-922-3268 (toll free)
Email: cguthrie@dadant.com
Website: http://www.dadant.com/
Jack and James Apiaries
1678 Sycamore Drive
Union, Kentucky 41091
(859) 620-3174
E-Mail: jmhunt826@yahoo.com
Web Site: www.jackandjamesapiaries.com
Mann Lake Supply
501 s. 1st Street
Hackensack, MN 56452
Phone: 1-800-233-6663 (toll free)
Email: beekeeper@mannlakeltd.com
Website: http://www.mannlakeltd.com
Miller Bee Supply Inc.
496 Yellow Banks Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
Phone: 888-848-5184 (toll free)
Email: woodnwax@embarqmail.com
Website: http://www.millerbeesupply.com
Simpson's Bee Supply
15642 Tiger Valley RD
Danville, Ohio  43014
Phone: (740) 599-7914 or (740) 393-2111
Email: cwsimpson@earthlink.net
Website:http://www.simpsonsbeesupply.com/
The Honey & Bee Connection
80 Emory Branch Rd.
Morehead, KY40351
Owners Jim & Greg Coss
Phone: 606-784-3108
Cell: 606- 207-7785
E-Mail: jcoss@thehoneyandbeeconnection.com
Web Site: www.thehoneyandbeeconnection.com
Rossman Apiaries Inc.
GA Hwy 33 North   P. O. Box 909
Moultrie, Georgia 31776-0909
Phone: 1-800-333-7677 (toll free)
Email: rossmanbees@alltel.net
Website: http://www.gabees.com/
Walter T. Kelley Co., Inc.
807 West Main Street
Clarkson, KY 42726-0240
Phone: 1-800- 233-2899 (toll free)
Email: sales@kelleybees.com
Website: http://www.kelleybees.com/
*(The Kentucky Department of Agriculture does not endorse or guarantee any product or producer listed on this site.  External links are provided as a service to consumers seeking information about beekeeping equipment.  Efforts are made to promote news and consumer choices about beekeeping equipment, but the Kentucky Department of Agriculture makes no representation or guarantee as to the company or products.)

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