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June 2021

News for the beekeeping community from the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association. Have information you want published in the BeeLines? Contact KSBA today!
As of the March 2021 edition, the BeeLines Newsletter is published by the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association. Please join KSBA to help us continue BeeLines.

Important Announcements

2021 State Fair Entries

The deadline for bees and honey entries to the Kentucky State Fair is July 1.
The catalogue will be published on the State Fair website when approved.

Board and Executive Committee Meeting Schedule

KSBA will hold the virtual Board and Executive Committee meeting monthly at 7:00 PM ET on the third Tuesday of each month. Check the calendar for future dates, meeting link and agenda.
All KSBA board members and local beekeeper association presidents or their designated alternates are invited to motion and vote on agenda items. The monthly meetings are open to any KSBA member.
Kentucky State Beekeepers Association Meeting

Calendar vs Annual Membership Renewal

The Kentucky State Beekeepers Association General Membership has approved annual membership based on anniversary date. Membership renewal reminders will be emailed to you a few weeks before your membership expires.

Small Hive Beetle Presentation

By Dr. Michael Hood
The Small Hive Beetle Book
If you were not able to attend the General Membership meeting on May 8, 2021 you can watch the special presentation on Aethina tumida, the small hive beetle.
Dr. Michael Hood is a Professor Ethe general membership meritus of Entomology, Clemson University, South Carolina, where he retired in 2013. He is the author of a recently-released book titled The Small Hive Beetle, Aethina tumida, which is a complete overview of this honey bee pest. In 2019, Mike published another book titled Bees and Man, which includes over 70 short stories.

President's Message

June is upon us and I hope everyone is doing well. This is a season to start harvesting honey and inspecting and treating for Varroa mites and small hive beetles so everybody be safe and please don't over harvest. Give your bees enough honey to last through the winter.
Thomas Ballinger
President, KSBA
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Message from the CKHP Manager

Certified Kentucky Honey Producers
Hello everyone!
I have been getting several questions lately about membership renewals. To clarify, your Certified Kentucky Honey Producers certification expires on December 31st of your current membership year.
To renew your membership, you are required to fill out a new application along with paying the dues in the amount that coincides with how much honey you produced the prior year (Please note; these dues automatically include your KSBA membership). This is vital so we have updated information on the number of hives you are currently managing, the counties where your hives are located, and again the amount of honey you produced. You must have the application reviewed and signed by your local beekeeping club President prior to submittal. I have several applications I am in the process of verifying and approving and will continue to process applications as they are received.
Planning for the Kentucky State Fair is moving forward rapidly as we are now less than 3 months away from opening day. KSBA has submitted our application for the booth exhibit space and in this issue of BeeLines, you will find the 2021 Honey Booth Guidelines. I would encourage you to renew your membership or apply for a new membership in the KSBA/CKHP program now to ensure there is time to verify and process the application before the State Fair in August. All memberships must be submitted by August 1, 2021 if you would like to participate in selling honey for this years’ Kentucky State Fair.
All label requests have been processed and mailed out at this time. If you are a current Certified Kentucky Honey Producer and need more certified honey labels as the upcoming harvest approaches, they are available for order at a cost of $4.00 per 100 labels and $7.00 per 500 labels plus $5.00 for packaging and postage. To order, please send a request stating the number of labels you would like along with a check to our address at P.O. Box 636, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky 40342, and we will be glad to fill your order.
Just a quick note on the status of our two grant applications. We successfully submitted our application for the USDA Value-Added Grant Program in early May. The process is moving forward and we will continue to work with KCARD and the USDA as they continue their review of our application. Also, our President, Tom Ballinger, met with the board of the KDA on the Small Crop Block Grant we applied for back in March. They should have a final decision in the coming months.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me either by email or phone. I will see you in the apiary!
Scott Moore
Manager, CKHP

From the Desk of the

Kentucky State Apiarist

Tammy Potter

June Report

Honey Bee Queen and Disease Clinic
Kentucky has had a relatively chilly month in May, and there have been reports of chalkbrood and European foulbrood around the state. There have also been quite a few calls regarding especially cranky honey bees. If you feel so inclined, you are welcome to send samples of your bees for genetic mitotyping to the North Carolina State University Queen and Bee Disease Clinic. The prices listed on the website are current for 2021.
Dr. David Tarpy started about ten years ago offering lab services to beekeepers who had questions about why their hives were dying. Dr.Tarpy says that the lab "has been slowly building in services and traffic." Beekeepers, particularly queen producers, have been loving it, but the Queen and Bee Disease Clinic has also been serving Inspection services, scientists, and industry as well. "The clinic has been developed with the mission of transmitting discoveries about impacts on queen, drone, and colony health interfaces with many dozens of queen and package breeders (35.8% of clinic clientele), honey producers (29.4%), state apiculture agencies (4.0%), researchers (9.9%), industry (5.3%), and hobbyist beekeepers (11.0%) each year."
Dr David Tarpy
According to Dr. Tarpy, the clinic has analyzed thousands of queens and drones for semen quality, morphological quality, and presence and intensity of a number of viral diseases and parasites. At its best, the Clinic works closely with beekeepers to conduct ‘custom collaborations’ to perform industry-led experiments and analyze resultant data. As a result, the clinic has amassed a wealth of data on the variations in queen and drone reproductive states, as well as one of the largest curated datasets on viral pathogens.
Another lab, the Cornell Chemical Ecology Core Facility, now offers pesticide samples. According to Scott McArt, a beekeeper may send a sample to be analyzed for approximately 93 multi-residue pesticide analysis for approximately $90.00. This is a good deal for beekeepers, since many labs charge approximately $300.00 a sample. The typical sample needs to have 10 grams, although the lab can sometimes analyze smaller amounts. Here is the link to the lab's information:
Tammy Horn Potter, KY State Apiarist
Kentucky Department of Agriculture
109 Corporate Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601

Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

From the desk of Lisa Anglin, KSBA Legislative Representative
The Kentucky Farmer's Market Manual and Resource Guide 2020 - 2021 provides the guidelines for selling honey in the state of Kentucky on pages 80 - 81. This includes a thorough review of requirements for the Legal Honey Label in Kentucky.

Royalty in the Hive

News from the Kentucky Queen Bee Breeders Association
KQBBAI’s first physical grafting event has queens emerging! These folks attended a full week of evening classes and were all up to the task. We had a great turn out at the KSU Research Farm in Frankfort. Members took their grafts home to apiaries all over Kentucky as well as to Michigan, Ohio, and Alabama. These are bees with a very high mite chewing rate. We have a second physical grafting event on May 22nd.
KQBBAI is working on another workshop which will teach folks to graft, manage and market overwintered nucs for their own use and to sell in the spring. Watch for these dates.
Our annual meeting is scheduled for November 20, 2021 in Frankfort at the Research Farm. The featured speakers are David Tarpy, Hongmei Li-Byarlay, Ph.D., along with Master beekeeper, John Benham. Topics to be covered will be queen management and hive management.
Chloe Gallahue, who is undoubtedly the youngest member of KQBBAI at the age of eleven, gave a ZOOM presentation to Oldham Co. Beekeepers Assn., complete with pictures and format. How impressive is that! Her topic was on varroa mites and their effect on the bees.
Tip of the month: If you have a hive swarm you can take advantage of the queen cells left behind. It is a perfect time to Do some splits. The cells can be emerging that day or within a few days. The odds are that hive will not produce any honey so make splits with it instead.
Bee safe out there!
Dorothey Morgan, President Kentucky Queen Bee Breeders’ Association

Latest News and Info

EAS 2021 Conference Registration is Open

Do you want to register for the EAS conference coming to Shepherdsville. KY on August 11-13, 2021?
Registration is now open to all current EAS members. Since EAS is limiting attendance to 300, there will be no walk-in registrations for the event. Masks indoors will be mandatory. If at all possible please get a vaccine before coming. EAS wants to hold a safe, educational, fun event.
Joe "Mojo" Taylor from Barren County was in the local news about his mission to save the bees. Watch Barren County man on a mission to keep the bees safe from WBKO in Bowling Green, KY.
Beekeepers are reminded of the importance of keeping inventory reports current with Farm Service Agency.
United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency
USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers of the importance of keeping inventory records up-to-date with FSA throughout the year. When a disaster occurs resulting in loss of honeybee colonies or hives, FSA relies on producers’ reports of honeybee colonies on FSA-578 forms to determine eligibility for assistance through the Emergency Livestock Assistance for Honeybees Program (ELAP).
The standard deadline for reporting honeybee colonies to FSA in Kentucky is January 2 of each year, for participants who wish to be eligible for ELAP or FSA’s Non-Insurable Crop Assistance Program (NAP). If beekeepers miss the January reporting deadline, it is sometimes possible to have late-filed FSA-578s considered acceptable, with additional supporting documentation such as beekeeper financial records.
Another important aspect of timely reporting bee colonies involves changes to inventory. As swarms are being caught and colonies split this spring, please remember that beekeepers should report changes in inventory within 30 days of the date colonies of bees are acquired, split, bought, sold, or transported into or out the county.
The form used to report honeybee colonies is FSA-578 and it can be found online at:
Producers who have not established Farm Records with their local FSA office should do that prior to reporting colonies, as it is important to reflect the correct Farm and Tract Number (which will be assigned by FSA) to properly identify the location when filing report of colonies on FSA-578. Once Farm Records are established, producers may choose to visit their FSA office, or provide the manual form listed above by email/fax/mail, when changes occur.
Additionally, it is important to maintain good records of inventory, losses, and management of bee colonies to potentially be eligible for disaster assistance through FSA. It is likely all the above documentation will be necessary to receive payments through ELAP, if eligible disaster losses occur. Not only is good recordkeeping recommended for your own production purposes, but it could also be critical to FSA program participation.
For more information on ELAP visit or contact your FSA County Office. To locate your local FSA office, visit

Local Bee Club Updates

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March Calendar
Check out the KSBA calendar for local association meetings and events
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Unless local association contact information is correct meeting invitations will be missed.

Allen County Beekeepers Association

All ages can enjoy a pleasant time walking the Story Book Trail at the Dugas Community Park in Scottsville Kentucky. Twenty-eight stations sponsored by local business entities are on the trail and currently features The Honeybee, authored by Kriston Hall, with five recipes using honey within the stations. The theme changes about every thirty days. Free parking behind The Core on West Cherry Street accesses the start of the trail and the springtime foliage, birds, and scenery will bring inspiration within our wonderful world, which surrounds us. Allen County Beekeepers Association Inc sponsored station nineteen for a term of two years and a plaque is mounted on the station with an acknowledgement of their support.
President Clifford Oliver pauses for a moment with Allen County Beekeepers Association Inc.sponsored station 19 of the Story Book Trail in Dugas Community Park in Scottsville Kentucky


"Dr. Natraj Krishnan, Associate Professor and Dr. Jeffrey Harris, Mississippi State University Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES) entomologist and associate extension and research professor in biochemistry, molecular biology, entomology, and plant pathology, have a current project focused on fighting varroa mites in bees. Their research has flipped the script—instead of developing models in insects to apply to human health, the team is using medical technology developed for humans to help the honeybees."
Read more at MAFES Discovers...
Dr. Jeffrey Harris
Dr. Natraj Krishnan

Upcoming Events

List your event by contacting KSBA today!
June 1, 2021, Intermediate Beekeeping with Phil Craft
Instructor Phil Craft
This is the third of nine live virtual classes in the educational series to better manage their honey bee colonies.
This class will cover controlling Varroa, chemical controls, includes ALL registered Varroa chemical control products, including natural & synthetic chemicals
June 5, 2021 HoneyBear Farms Beginner Class
June 19, 2021, HoneyBear Farms Intermediate Beeks Class
These classes take place once a month at our Honey Depot location in the 2021 year. Classes are small and hands on. They give you a great foundation for starting and maintaining your new beehive! Check back on our social media for class topics as they are subject to change.
The HoneyBear Farms Warehouse and Education Center
15116 Old Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY 40299
June 12, 2021, Beekeeping 2021 with David Shockey
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Hardin County Beekeepers Association will host David Shockey, 2019 Kentucky Beekeeper of the Year, to present Beekeeping 2021 at the Hardin County Cooperative Extension Service
Beekeeping 2021 is full beekeeping course one day per month that runs February through October. See the full schedule on the HCBA website. Seats are limited.
June 12, 2021, 8:00 a.m. CT
Understanding Herbicide Labels by Anthony Trimboli
Most of us don’t like using herbicides any more than necessary, but when used properly they can be a valuable tool for habitat and land management. The key to properly using herbicides is understanding and following the label. However, at first glance, herbicide labels can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t deal with them on a regular basis. The good news is that with a little training, anyone can learn to understand herbicide labels.
This class will explain:
  • the different parts of an herbicide label,
  • what each section refers to,
  • what signal words are,
  • understanding legal applications,
  • what the controlled plant list can tell you,
  • the different formulations of herbicides,
  • application methods, and much more.
Any home or land owner who needs to use herbicide as part of their land management plan will find this class useful.
June 22, 2021, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM ET
Monarch & Pollinator Plan Stakeholder Meeting
Please mark your calendars for June 22nd for the summer stakeholder meeting.
Kentucky State University Research Farm
1525 Mills Lane
Frankfort, KY
Invited Speakers and Panelists about Large Scale Solar Projects (tentative):
  • Lane Boldman, KY Conservation Committee:
Updates on Ongoing Pollinator Projects:
  • Michaela Rogers, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, Monarch Conservation Plan
  • Tammy Horn Potter, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, UK’s NSF grant and Youth Pollinator Summit (Dr. Clare Rittschof) and the Pollinator Habitat Poster Contest with Kentucky Department of Transportation and Columbia Gas
Please RSVP to by 6/15/2021 if you plan to attend. Conference attendance will be limited to 100 participants. We will be following any state mandated Covid restrictions that are in place at the time of meeting.
June 23, 2021, 7:00 p.m. CT
Creating Space for Native Bees by Shannon Trimboli
There are over 4,000 species of bees native to North America, all with diverse and fascinating life histories. Researchers are only just beginning to realize how important our native bees are to both the environment and agriculture, especially small-scale agriculture.
Unlike honey bees which live in huge colonies that can have 30,000 – 60,000 individuals, our native bees are either solitary or live in small colonies of only a few hundred individuals. This makes them ideal for people who want to “help the bees” or increase pollination on their property, but aren’t interested in becoming a beekeeper. We’ll discuss multiple ways that you can encourage native bees and create a bee-friendly space around your home or landscape. Learn more and / or register at Creating Space for Native Bees.

Frequently Asked Questions

New to KSBA or have a question about beekeeping? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Help Me!

What if I suspect a pesticide killed my bees?

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture, State Apiarist website has many answers!

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 number 1.502.573.0282.
  • 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.

Who can remove a swarm or hive from my property?

There are two resources for locating and contacting a local beekeeper who will catch a swarm or remove a hive from your property.
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