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State Apiarist

The Kentucky State Apiarist identifies and eradicates infectious disease in honeybee colonies.  In addition, the State Apiarist helps to educate the non-beekeeping public about the importance of honeybees, and offers best advice practice to the beekeeping community.  Hive inspections are available with an appointment, and health certificates are provided for the transport of bees out of state.  The State Apiarist is also available to speak at beekeeping meetings and various other functions.

"Across Kentucky"

The “Across Kentucky” program about the Eastern Apiculture Society can be viewed beginning July 16 thru the end of the year by clicking on the following Across Kentucky link and going to Podcasts for July 16. 

 

2014 Kentucky Beekeeping School Schedule

NOV 8: KSBA Fall Meeting - BOWLING GREEN

KSBA Exe Committee Meeting, 7:00 p.m. Staybridge Suites, Bowling Green

Fall Meeting Nov. 8th, UK Coop Ext Office, Bowling Green


The KSBA Executive Committee
met June 7th at the Farmer?s Feed Mill.  Ray Tucker will fill the vacant Vice President?s role, until regular elections in November.  Betsy Stone said that she would step down in November.  John Benham has stepped into the President-elect position and will assume President?s role in November 8th, 2014.  Three positions will need to be filled upon Benham?s election: President-Elect, Vice President and Treasurer. Joe Taylor has expressed wanting assistance with the Nominating Committee.  Tammy Horn, recently appointed state apiarist, discussed her immediate goals: 1. implementing a state-wide hive count ; 2. getting a bee license tag; and 3. having a series of meetings with highway emergency personnel and beekeepers to arrive at a regional state implementation plans in case of rollover emergencies.


From Phil Craft, the KSBA Webmaster:
Our KSBA webpage webmaster suggests that an officer of each local beekeeping association check their clubs local listing at http://www.ksbabeekeeping.org/?page_id=29.  If the listing is correct on the list, it should be correct on the Kentucky local association map, but that can also be checked at: http://www.ksbabeekeeping.org/?page_id=11.  These links may also be reached by going to the webpage?s front page at: http://www.ksbabeekeeping.org/.


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


Excerpt from H. D. Overholt?s 2014 Farm Bill info: Individuals with bees can register their hives at the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in the county where they are located.  Reporting deadline for 2014 was 2 January.  You can still report hives but there is a late processing fee of $46.00.  The 2014 Farm requires producers to acquire insurance coverage with FSA Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program and $250.00 for Catastrophic coverage of Honey Crop.  For more info, please email tammy.horn@eku.edu and I will send you Overholt?s complete document.

 

 

 

Kentucky Master Beekeeping Program

Beekeeping Program

From the Kentucky State University Honeybee 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.

 

For more information about this program contact:

Dr. Thomas C. Webster

Atwood Research Facility

Kentucky State University

Frankfort, KY 40601

Email: thomas.webster@kysu.edu

Phone: 502-597-6351 (office)

 

Beekeeping success is measured by (a) low colony losses, (b) good production of honey or other hive products, and (c) the ability to identify the most common beekeeping problems and concerns. Beekeepers should look for a goal of less than 10% loss yearly, and an average of over 50 pounds of honey per hive yearly. For example, a beekeeper who owns 20 hives should lose no more than two of those hives yearly (by winter loss, absconding, mites, starvation or other causes. Those beekeepers who focus on hive products other than honey may have alternative goals. These would be (a) rearing at least 10 queens yearly; (b) producing at least 10 nucs yearly, or (c) producing at least 5 pounds of clean wax yearly.

 

The Master Beekeeping Program is for beekeepers who have at least two years of experience keeping bees. The program consists of three steps. To prepare, the beekeeper should read my booklet, "Kentucky Beekeeping: a guide for beginners", and a short book by Larry Connor, "Increase Essentials". "Kentucky Beekeeping" is available for free to all Kentuckians. "Increase Essentials" is sold by Kelley Co., Dadant, and many other beekeeping supply companies. These cover the basics of hive management and some common problems. Step one is an exam on this material. This will be a written, indoor exam taking 20 - 30 minutes. Sample questions will be available to those who ask for them, to help in preparation. Beekeeping pests, predators and diseases will not be covered in step one. The beekeeper who passes this exam (at least 80% correct answers) will receive a booklet on honey bee pests and diseases. This is a very helpful booklet with color photos, produced by the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA). The beekeeper should study this to prepare for step three. Sample questions will be provided. Step two is an exam on beekeeping pests, predators, diseases and other issues such as queen problems and weather-related problems. This exam will be indoors and outdoors. The outdoor exam will require the beekeeper to demonstrate proper hive manipulations, to identify problems in hives, to explain or demonstrate the best remedial actions, and to explain how the problems can be avoided or minimized. The test will be administered several times yearly.

 

Service to Kentucky beekeeping is by a project of the beekeeper's choice. This is step three. The beekeeper should contact me before performing one of these, so that we are sure about what should be done. I can offer advice if necessary. Each project should be documented with photos, and a letter from those who are helped (when appropriate) thanking you.

 

These are suggestions:

?Assist one of the yearly "bee schools" by giving a presentation or demonstration on a practical topic. In most years these are conducted at Frankfort, Bowling Green/Allen County, Somerset, Hazard, Morehead, Graves County, Henderson. Additional locations may be added.

?Mentor at least 5 beginning beekeepers for at least one year (concurrently, or over a period of years).

?Establish a garden of novel bee plants and evaluate their nectar and pollen production, and the amount of time and money needed to establish them.

?Establish and maintain an observation hive at a public building. This could be a zoo, museum, wildlife sanctuary, library or other building that receives many visitors. Describe the educational value of this observations hive, and any special problems or interesting observations.

?Work with at least 10 nearby beekeepers to monitor their successes and losses, according to their beekeeping practices. Write a report that summarizes your findings and suggestions for improved winter survival and yearly honey production.

?Test a novel beekeeping technique or device. (See suggestions below). Determine its effectiveness through a controlled study. You will need at least 10 hives to do this well. Five hives would be treated with the device or technique and five "control hives" would not. Take photos and report on your conclusions.

?Submit an article for publication in either American Bee Journal or Bee Culture. Contact the editor (Joe Graham or Kim Flottum, respectively) before submission to be sure that the editor considers it worthy of publication.

?Promote beekeeping-friendly legislation or regulations, which apply at the state or local level.

?Give at least 10 presentations to groups of children, in schools, 4H classes, or other organizations. These should be educational and appropriate to the age of the children.

?Have yourself interviewed on a beekeeping topic by news media and newspaper, magazine, television or radio. A lead-in might be tied to the time of year. September is National Honey Month. Earth Day is every April. Early spring is when beekeepers assess their wintering success.

?Use your hives to pollinate the crops of a farmer in your region. This requires that you write and sign a pollination contract with the farmer, move your hives into and out of the field or orchard at the appropriate times, and collect your pollination fee. Describe your observations and any special problems that come up.

?Remove a colony of bees from a house or other structure. This is no small achievement, and it must be done carefully. Be sure you have a good understanding with the property owner beforehand.

 

The following are not acceptable for projects:

?Blogs and websites. There is already a huge amount of information on the internet, some good and some dubious. Instead, we need to focus on hands-on projects and face-to-face interactions.

?Projects relating to history, culture or religious significance of beekeeping. These subjects are fascinating and often inspirational. But I feel that they should not apply to what we are doing here -- a practical approach to better beekeeping.

 

Here are a few studies that would be appropriate for #7 above: ?Compare the effects of different feeding preparations (syrup made of table sugar vs corn syrup, or different pollen substitutes) for spring build-up or late-summer drought:

?Compare several types of feeders

?Compare two or several methods of hive ventilation

?Compare two or several types of pollen traps

?Compare methods of preparing hives for winter

?Compare Styrofoam hives to standard wooden hives, during summer and winter

?Try any other system that seems intriguing and promising

 

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Kentucky Beekeeping Association Listing and Contacts

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.

For more information contact:
Tammy Horn, President of the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association
President of the Eastern Apicultural Society
Director of Coal Country Beeworks
EKU
BTC 144
Richmond, KY 40475

Local Beekeeping Association list

Listing alphabetical by county in which most meetings are held.

Allen County Beekeepers Association, Scottsville , KY

Serves Allen, Barren, Monroe, Warren, and Simpson counties and surrounding area. Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM Central Time at the Allen County Extension Service Building, 200 East Main Street, Scottsville, KY. Each year the beekeepers of the Allen County Beekeepers Assoc. conduct a one day beekeeping school - the Allen County Beekeeping School.

2012 Allen County Beekeeping School, Scottsville, KY, February 4, 2012
Allen County High School
Scottsville, KY

No pre-registration required - at the door registration only - no limits on enrollment numbers!
Registration fee (lunch NOT included): Individuals - $10 and family $15
For more information contact John Pace, school coordinator (270) 651-6507 or email him at: jlpace@glasgow-ky.com In addition some local beekeeping associations will be conducting beginner classes, many of these classes are promoted locally only (they will not have information on this webpage), so inquire with a local beekeeping association near to see if any classes are being offered.

For more information contact:
Harris Overholt, Treasurer
Phone: (270) 622-5286
Email Contact: John Hepner, President
Jhep3@att.net visit their web page at: http://www.allenkybees.com/

The Licking River Beekeepers Association Owingsville, KY

Serves Bath county and surrounding area. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Bath County Extension office, 2914 E Hwy 60, Owingsville, KY. Each year the beekeepers of the Licking River Beekeepers Assoc. help sponsor a one day bekeeping school - the Eastern Kentucky Beekeeping School, which is held in Morehead, KY.

For more information contact:
Jim Coss, President
Phone: (606) 207-7785
Contact: jcoss@thehoneyandbeeconnection.com

Meetings for Beekepers in Bourbon County, Paris, KY

County Extension agent periodically conducts meetings for beekeepers at the Bourbon County Extension Office at 603 Millersburg Road, Paris, KY. For more information, or to be placed on the mailing list to be notified of these meetings, contact:

Ray Tackett, Bourbon County Horticulture Extension Agent
284 Second Street
Paris, KY 40361
Phone: (859) 987-1895
Email: atackett@email.uky.edu

Northeast Kentucky Beekeepers , Ashland, KY

Serves Boyd County, and surrounding area. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month, at 6:00PM, at the Boyd County Extension Office, 2420 Center Street, Catlettsburg, Kentucky.

For more information, contact:
Lori Bowling
Boyd County Extension Agent for Horticulture
Phone: (606) 739-5184
Email: lbbowlin@uky.edu

Green River Swarm Catchers Association, Morgantown, KY

Serves the Butler County Area. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM in Morgantown, KY at the Butler County Extension Office, on the corner of Warren and G. L. Smith Streets.

For more information contact:
Bobby McKee, President
Morgantown, KY
Phone: (270) 999-1488
EMail Contact: flintman1@bellsouth.net

Northern Kentucky Beekeepers Association, Alexandria, KY

Serves Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties and the surrounding area. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM, meeting site is alternated between the Campbell County Extension Office, Highland Heights, KY and the Boone County Extension Office in Burlington, KY.

For more information, contact:
Susie Kahmann, President
Highland Heights, KY
Phone: (859) 781-8977
Email: bluskyhuny@aol.com
www.nkybeekeepers.com

Three Rivers Beekeepers Association, Carrollton, KY

Serves Carroll County and surrounding area. Meetings are held at the Carroll County Extension office. For meeting dates and time, contact the association president (see below).

For more information contact:
Donna Marshall, President
Sanders, KY
Phone: (502) 347-5640
Email: BNMarsha@bellsouth.net

The Little Sandy Beekeepers, Grayson, KY

Serves Carter, Lewis, Greenup, Boyd, Elliott, Lawrence Counties and surrounding area. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM at the Carter County Extension Office in Grayson, KY.

For more information contact:
John Blasius, President
Dennis Seagraves, Vice President
88 Upper Smokey Rd
Olive Hill, KY 41164
Phone: (606) 286-5893
www.littlesandybeekeepers.com
www.facebook.com/TheLittleSandyBeekeepersClub

Pennyrile Beekeepers Association, Hopkinsville, KY

Serves Christian, Trigg, Todd, Hopkins, Caldwell counties and surrounding area. Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 PM typically at the Christian County Cooperative Extension Education Center, 2850 Pembroke Road, Hopkinsville, KY. (Contact Sergeant-at-Arms to obtain location information.)

For more information, contact:
President: Jonathan Arvin, (270) 365-6926, jonthebaptist23@hotmail.com

Or other current officers:
Vice President: Tony Prettyman, (270) 348-3675, bramble.bee.farm@gmail.com
Sgt-at-Arms: Joe Hester, (270) 885-5573
Secretary: Alethia Prettyman, (270) 498-4171, bramble.bee.farm@gmail.com

Clinton County Beekeepers Association, Albany, KY

Serves Clinton County and the surrounding area. Meetings are normally held on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM Central Time at the Clinton County Extension Office, 2601 N Highway 127, Albany, KY.

For more information contact:
Val Lulaks
Phone: (606) 387-4258
Email: plulaks@windstream.net

Green Valley Beekeeping Association, Owensboro, KY

Serves Daviess county and surrounding counties. Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 PM Central Time at the Owensboro Science and History Museum in Owensboro, KY.

For more information contact:
Jim Huff
Fordsville, KY
Phone: (270) 276-3688
Email: Kyhoneyman@aol.com

Mammoth Cave Beekeepers Association, Brownsville, KY

The Mammoth Cave Beekeepers Association serves Edmonson County and the surrounding area. Meeting are held on the first Tuesday evening of each month beginning at 6:30 PM CT at the Edmonson County Public Libray located at 280 Ferguson Street in Brownsville.

For more information contact:
Barry Cowles, President
Phone: (270) 597-2001
E-mail: Poppy2455@windstream.net Or
Grace Moore, Secretary
Phone: (270) 597-8166
Email: jngmoore@hotmail.com

Blue Grass Beekeepers Association, Lexington, KY

Serves Fayette County and surrounding area. Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM at the Fayette County Extension Office, 1140 Red Mile Place, Lexington, KY. (But no meetings in January & August - visit the Bees & Honey area with us at the KY State Fair in August).

For more information contact:
James E. Davis, Secretary/Newsletter Editor
Stamping Ground, KY 40379
Phone: (502) 857-2272
Email Contact: mandjed371@email.msn.com
bluegrassbeekeepers.blogspot.com

Floyd County Beekeepers Association, Prestonsburg , KY

Meetings are held at the Floyd County Extension Office in Prestonsburg, KY. For more information, or to be placed on the mailing list to be notified of these meetings, contact

Keith Hackworth, Floyd County Agriculture Extension Agent
921 South Lake Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Phone: (606) 886-2668
Email: khackwor@uky.edu

Capital City Beekeepers Association, Frankfort, KY

Serves Franklin County and the surrounding area. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM at the Dadant & Sons Branch in Frankfort (955 Chenault Road).

For more information contact:
Michael C. Wiley, SR., Secretary
Stamping Ground, KY
Phone: (502) 535-7051
Email: kyfancy2@aol.com

Kentucky Backyard Beekeepers Association, Williamstown, KY

Serves Grant County and surrounding area. Meetings are held at the Grant County Cooperative Extension Office, 105 Baton Rouge Road in Williamstown, KY on the second Monday of the month at 7:00PM.

For more information contact:
Jim Brown, President
Phone: (859) 428-1896
Email: flyboy1937@hotmail.com
Marvin Lawrence, Treasurer
Phone: (859) 824-7264
Email: cumminslnfarm@aol.com
Nancy Ogg, Secretary/Media Coordinator
Phone: (859) 250-9204
Email: shadygrovefarm@wkybb.net

Lake Barkley Beekeepers Association, Paducah, KY

Serves the counties of the Jackson Purchase Region of Western Kentucky, as well as the Purchase Region in both Kentucky and the neighboring states. Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at 6:30PM, at the Graves County Extension Office, 251 Housman Street, Mayfield, Kentucky. The association conducts a four day series of beekeeping classes in April of each year. Classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. Classes for advanced beekeepers include queen rearing. Space is limited, contact Kent Williams for more information.

For more information contact:
Kent Williams, President
Phone: (270) 382-2348
Email: kvwilliams@wk.net

Grayson County Beekeepers Association, Leitchfield, KY

Serves Grayson County and surrounding area. Meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month (except November and December), at the Grayson County Extension Office in Leitchfield, KY, at 6:30 PM.

For more information contact:
Joe Taylor, President
Leitchfield KY
Phone: (270) 879-8654
Email: shopteacher@gmail.com

Sonora Bee Catchers, Sonora, KY

Serves Hardin County and the surrounding area. Meetings are held every 3rd Thursday, except special call meetings in November and December, at the residence of Howard Halterman at 3633 Nolin Road, Sonora. Meeting times are: 6:00PM Eastern Time in winter & 7:00PM Eastern in summer.

For more information contact:
Howard Halterman, president
Sonora, KY
Phone: (240) 527-1438
Email: John Farris: farrisj4038@msn.com

Harlan County Beekeepers Association, Harlan , KY

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday at 6:00PM, at the Harlan County Extension Office in Harlan, KY.

For more information, or to be placed on the mailing list to be notified of these meetings, contact:
Jeremy Williams, Harlan County Agriculture Extension Agent
519 South Main St.
Harlan, KY 40831-1911
Phone: (606) 573-4464
Email: jnwillia@uky.edu

Audubon Beekeepers Association, Spottsville, KY

Serves Henderson county and surrounding counties. Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 7:00PM Central Time, except January (and September, when they have their fall field day on the 2nd Saturday instead). Meetings are held at the Henderson County Extension's Expo and Education Center at 3341 Hwy 351East (Directions) in Henderson, KY. The Audubon Beekeepers Assoc. hosts the Audubon Beekeeping School each year on the first Saturday in March.

For more information contact:
Paul or Betsy Stone
Spottsville, KY
Phone: (270) 826-2767
Email: bpstoneky@bellsouth.net

Dark Honey Producers, McKee, KY

Serves Jackson county and surrounding area. Conducts spring and fall meetings at the Jackson County Extension Office.

For more information contact:
Sharon Witt, Secretary
Tyner, KY
Phone: (606) 965-3790
Email: Jeff Henderson at jhenders@uky.edu

Kentuckiana Beekeepers Association, Louisville, KY

Serves Jefferson county and the surrounding counties, including Southern Indiana. Meetings are held on the first Friday of the month (except for scheduled field days) at the Bon Air Regional Library, 2816 Del Rio Place, Louisville, KY.

For more information contact:
Wendy Hagan, President
12949 Shelbyville Rd, Suite 101
Louisville, KY 40243
Phone: (502) 523-1315
Email: wendy@haganmail.com
Or go to their web page: www.kyanabees.com

Southeast Beekeepers Association, London, KY

Serves Laurel County, and surrounding area. Meetings are held March - October at the Laurel County Extension Office at 200 County Extension Road, London, KY on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM Eastern time.

For more information contact:
Bonnie Sigmon, Laurel County Horticulture Agent
Laurel County Extension Office

Phone: (606) 864-4167
Email: bonnie.sigmon@uky.edu
www.ca.uky.edu/laurel

Mountain Beekeepers Association, Whitesburg, KY

Serves Letcher County and surrounding counties in Kentucky and southwestern Virginia. Most meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at the Letcher County Extension Office in Whitesburg, KY.

For more information, contact:
Allen Meyers
303 Adams Branch
Jeremiah, KY 41826
Phone: (606) 633-7044
Email: allenandruby@tvscable.com

Meetings for Beekepers in Lewis County, Vanceburg, KY

County Extension agent periodically conducts meetings for beekeepers at the Lewis County Extension Office at 284 Second Street, Vanceburg, KY. Directions

For more information, or to be placed on the mailing list to be notified of these meetings, contact:
Philip Konopka, Lewis County Agriculture Extension Agent
284 Second Street
Vanceburg, KY 41179
Phone: (606) 796-2732
Email: philip.konopka@uky.edu

Lincoln County Beekeepers INC., Stanford, KY

Serves Lincoln County and surrounding area; Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at the Lincoln County extension office at 104 Metker Trail in Stanford Kentucky.

For more information contact:
Paul Sluder
Eubank,KY
Phone: (606) 219-7235
Email: psluder1@windstream.net

Western Kentucky Beekeepers, Eddyville, KY

Serves Lyon County and the surrounding area. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:00PM (central time) at the Lyon County Extension office at 231 West Main Street in Eddyville.

For more information contact:
David or Beth Duncan
Princeton, KY
Phone: 270-388-9223 (home) or 270-601-0048 (cell)
Email: bdduncan1@bellsouth.net

Big South Fork Beekeepers Association, Whitley City, KY

Serves McCreary County and the surrounding area. Meetings are held on the second Friday, at 7:00 PM at the McCreary County Extension Office which is located in the McCreary Center of Somerset Community College in Whitley City, KY.

For more information, contact:
James Foster, President
Stearns, KY
Phone: (606) 376-5428
Email: gagie@highland.net or
Greg Whitis, McCreary County Agriculture Extension Agent
Phone: 606-376-2524
Email: gwhitis@uky.edu

Magoffin County Beekeepers Association, Salyersville, KY

Serves Magoffin County and the surrounding area. Meetings are normally held on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 PM at the Magoffin County Extension Office, 15 Rockhouse Fork Rd, Salyersville, KY.

For more information contact:
Russell Sparks, Magoffin County Agriculture Extension Agent
Phone: (606) 349-3216
Email: rsparks@uky.edu

Martin County Beekeepers Association, Inez, KY

The Martin County Beekeepers Association meets the second Monday of each month at 5:30 pm. Meetings are held at the Martin County Extension Service Farmers' Market Shed in Inez, KY.

For more information, or to be placed on the mailing list to be notified of these meetings, contact:
Roger Mollette, Martin County Extension Service
Inez, KY
Phone: (606) 298-7742
Email: rmollett@uky.edu

Buffalo Trace Beekeepers Association, Maysville, KY

Serving all counties in the Buffalo Trace region and surrounding counties. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30PM at the Mason County Extension office, Maysville Kentucky. Pot luck supper and an educational topic at every meeting.

For more information contact:
Ron Nadicksbernd, President
Foster KY
Phone: (606) 747-5635
Email: Nadicks@windstream.net

Meade County Beekeepers Association, Brandenburg, KY

Serves Meade County and the surrounding area. Meetings are normally held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM (but dates are subject to change - contact to confirm).
Meade County Extension Office
1041 Old Ekron Road
Brandenburg, KY

For more information contact:
Shird Robinson, president
Ekron, KY
Phone: (270) 828-2549
Email: shird825@bbtel.com

Cave Run Beekeepers Association, Frenchburg, KY

Serves Menifee County, and surrounding area. Meetings are held at the Menifee County Extension Office in Frenchburg, KY on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30pm. No meeting held in January.

For more information contact:
Jim Coss, president
Morehead, KY
Phone: (606) 784-3108
Email: jcoss@thehoneyandbeeconnection.com

Paradise Beekeepers Association, Central City, KY

Serves Muhlenberg County and the surrounding counties. Meetings are held on the third Monday at 6:00 PM Central Time at the Muhlenberg County Extension office at Powderly, KY (directions to extension office).

For more information contact:
Shirley Stirsman, president
Central City, KY
Phone: (270) 525-6153
Email: j.stirsman@wildblue.net

Nelson County Beekeepers, Bardstown, KY

Serves Nelson County and the surrounding areas.  Meetings are held at the Nelson County Extension Office located at 317 S 3rd St, Bardstown, KY 40004-1032 on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM.

For more information contact:
Gene Englert, President
Bardstown, KY
Phone: (502) 409-0989
Email: gtenglert@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/groups/473089399421953/

Oldham County Beekeepers Association, Buckner, KY

Serves Oldham and surrounding counties. Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month (except for scheduled field days) at 7:30 PM at the Oldham County Extension Office.

For more information, contact:
Terry L. McDonald,, President
Balardsville, KY
Phone: (502) 722-2062
Email: ziti07@bellsouth.net

Pike County Beekeepers Association, Pikeville, KY

Serves Pike County and surrounding area. Beekeeper meetings are held at the Pike County Extension Office in Pikeville, KY.

For more information, contact:
Neil Hunt, president
Raccoon, KY
Phone: (606) 437-0472
Email: mossyoak3000@yahoo.com

Powell County Beekeepers Association, Stanton, KY

Serves Powell County and the surrounding area. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month (but not every month, so contact Mike Reed for meeting dates) at 6:30PM, at the Powell County Extension Office, 169 Maple Street, Stanton, Kentucky.

For more information, and to confirm meeting dates, contact:
Mike Reed, Powell County Cooperative Extension Program
Stanton KY
Phone: (606) 663-6405
Email: mreed@uky.edu

Lake Cumberland Beekeepers Association, Somerset, KY

Serves Pulaski County and surrounding area. Meetings are held on third Monday of the month at 7:00 PM at the Pulaski County Extension Office, 29 Parkway Drive, Somerset KY.

For more information contact:
Ray Tucker, president
Somerset, KY
Phone: 606-679-5257 (home)
              859-221-1994 (cell)
Email: ray@solarplacefarm.com

Russell County Bee Club, Russell Springs. KY

Serves Russell County and the surrounding counties. Meetings are normally held on the first Monday of the month, at 6:00PM Central Time, at the Russell County Extension Office at 2688 S. Hwy 127 in Russell Springs.

For more information, and to confirm meeting dates, contact:
Laura Rogers
KSU Small Farm Assistant, Russell County Cooperative Extension Program
Russell Springs, KY
Phone: (270) 866-4477

Shelby County Beekeepers Association, Shelbyville, KY

Serves Shelby County and surrounding area. Meetings are held at the Shelby County Extension office, on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00PM.

 Call for updated field days, swarm list and information.

For more information contact:
Pat Hornback
Shelbyville, KY
Phone: (502) 461-9005
Email: PMH@SHELBYBB.NET

Green River Beekeeping Association, Campbellsville, KY

Serves Adair, Green, Marion and Taylor Counties. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM at the Taylor County Extension Office in Campbellsville.

For more information contact:
Greg Mabrey, president
Coxs Creek, KY
Phone: (502) 349-3023
Email: acct_greg@yahoo.com

Warren County Beekeepers Association, Bowling Green, KY

Serves Warren County and surrounding area. Meetings are held at the Warren County Extension Office in Bowling Green, KY on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

For more information contact:
Carol Schreiber, Warren County Horticulture Extension Agent
Bowling Green, KY
Daytime Phone: (270) 842-1681
Email: Carol.schreiber@uky.edu

Lincoln Trails Beekeepers Association, Springfield, KY

Serves Washington County, Nelson County and surrounding area. Meetings are held at the Washington County Extension ofice, at 211 Progress Ave. (directions), in Springfield, on the first Monday of the month at 6:30PM.

For more information contact:
Bill Carrico
Phone: (859) 336-3759
Email: rosiebill@bellsouth.net

Whitley County Beekeepers, Corbin, KY

Serves Whitley and surrounding Counties. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, March through October, at 7:00 PM at the Whitley County Extension Office in Williamsburg, KY.

For more information contact:
JR Watson, President
Corbin, KY
Phone: (606) 304-5674
Email: watsonfolks@juno.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/
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
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/
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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