Greetings Kentucky Beekeepers,
My name is Jake Osborne. I am 29 years old and the 2018 Kentucky State Beekeepers Association (KSBA) President. Since catching my first swarm at eight years old, I have grown to 100 colonies with a focus on honey production.
Through my involvement with KSBA, I have had the pleasure of meeting several Kentucky beekeepers and have established life-long friendships with many. I really enjoy being involved with KSBA, although there is lots of work to be done. With the influx of out-of-state honey entering our markets and being sold as local honey, KSBA has started preparations for Kentucky beekeepers’ own “Certified Kentucky Honey” label. This label will ensure that Kentucky beekeepers have the availability to sell their own local honey at a suitable price. A Certified Kentucky Honey label will take some time to establish, but is necessary.
In keeping up with KSBA’s mission to promote beekeeping within the state, plans for a Kentucky Beekeeping school is in the works. Many states have a state school with an array of topics offered to help beekeeping and beekeepers within the state. Our first school will take place the first Saturday of November 2018. More details to come.
I want to thank the many volunteers that help KSBA. Without them this organization would not exist. I am very honored to be your president and would love to hear from you. My email is Jakeoz65@gmail.com. Thanks again and let’s make a 2018 a great year for Kentucky beekeepers.
President, Kentucky State Beekeepers Association