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Stay current with the latest news and announcements important to Kentucky beekeepers. If you have news you would like posted here, please email us and we will include it here. 
  • Fri, June 02, 2023 8:34 PM | Anonymous

    Allison Hager, the 2023 American Honey Princess, will visit Kentucky August 17-20.  She will be a guest of Kentucky State Beekeepers Association and will visit the Kentucky State Fair, speaking to fairgoers about the importance of honeybees to Kentucky agriculture and how honeybee pollination provides deep roots for agriculture.  She will also share how honey brings magical benefits to our lives through daily presentations.

    Allison is the 23-year-old daughter of Danny and Tracey Hager of Bellevue, Iowa.  She is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship.  Allison has an A.A.S. degree in Agriculture Business from Kirkwood Community College.  She first became interested in beekeeping at the age of 13 and has been beekeeping and advocating for honey bees and other pollinators ever since.

    As the 2023 American Honey Princess, Allison serves as a national spokesperson on behalf of the American Beekeeping Federation, a trade organization representing beekeepers and honey producers throughout the United States.  The American Honey Queen and Princess speak and promote in venues nationwide, and, as such Princess Allison will travel throughout the United States in 2023.  Prior to being selected as the American Honey Princess, Allison served as the 2022 Iowa Honey Queen.  In this role, she promoted the honey industry at fairs, festivals, and farmers’ markets, via media interviews, and in schools.

    The beekeeping industry touches the lives of every individual in our country.  In fact, honeybees are responsible for nearly one-third of our entire diet, in regards to the pollination services that they provide for a large majority of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes. This amounts to nearly $19 billion per year of direct value from honeybee pollination to United States agriculture. 

                For more information on Princess Allison’s Kentucky visit and to schedule an interview, contact Tom Ballinger at 270.999.1440.

  • Mon, December 12, 2022 2:00 PM | Theresa Martin

    Bonnie Joseph and Jessica Mayes were named co-recipients of the 2022 Beekeeper of the Year. This award is determined by an annual vote of past beekeeper of the year recipients.

    Bonnie is the president of the Laurel County Southeaster Beekeeper Association. Bonnie is an active participant in the University of Kentucky entomology program, USDA Honey Bee Health Survey and Kentucky Queen Bee Breeders Association, Inc.

    Jessica is an immediate past KSBA president and has worked hard to improve KSBAs tax status, lobbied for Kentucky Agricultural Development Office funds for the Certified Kentucky Honey Program and is active in local meetings across the state.

  • Mon, December 12, 2022 12:00 PM | Theresa Martin
    Director Phil Craft and President Duane KeehanThe new KSBA Board of Directors were announced at the November annual meeting. Duane Keehan was elected the 2022 - 2024 President. Electronic balloting was conducted of all KSBA members in good standing. In addition to Keehan for President, Marcella Eubank was elected Treasurer as well as Jeff Haney and Mike Meadors for Director. Here is the complete list of the current KSBA Board of Directors.

    In addition, director terms were extended from one to two years for increased continuity of services. This was approved by the general membership as an update to the KSBA by-laws.

    KSBA thanks outcoming past president Tom Ballinger and treasurer Jan Brown for their service. Tom will remain on the board as a director.

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