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2019 Ohio County Beekeepers to Host Bee School

The Ohio County Beekeepers will be hosting a bee school from 9:00am to 4:00 pm CT on March 23, 2019 at the Ohio County Extension Office (1337 Clay Street, Hartford, KY 42347). The cost to attend will be $15 per person or $20 per couple. Lunch will be provided To reserve your spot and pre-pay you can pay through PayPal or send a check to Ohio County Beekeeper, PO Box 547, Hartford, KY 42347. Contact Kristi Willoughby at 270-775-2446,


Hi Everyone, For the past 3 years, I have served as the KSBA webmaster. I have been proud to serve in this role and always worked hard to build the KSBA website into a valuable resource and communication tool. Looking at the website now, it’s hard to believe that the one I inherited was only 3 static pages. The calendar, the news posts, the Buy Local page, and most of the rest of the website didn’t exist. However, as we move into the new year, I have realized that it is time for me to pass my duties as KSBA […]

Beekeeping Workshops to be Held in Clay County

By: Joel Gonia Joel Gonia of HoneyBear Farms and Jeff Casada, Clay County Extension Agent, will be hosting a series of beekeeping workshops / field days in Clay County to provide an introduction for beginners and assistance to existing beekeepers. Workshops will be held on October 20, November 10, and December 15 at the EXCEL Building (86 Muddy Gap Rd, Manchester, KY 40962). The workshop will consist of two sessions – a beginner session in the morning and an intermediate session in the afternoon. Topics will include: Beekeeping Basics Conduct Hive Inspections Varroa Mite Treatment Winter Feeding and Hive Moisture […]

Jim Tew will be Featured Speaker at KSBA’s 2018 Fall Meeting

By: Tammy Potter and Chris Renfrow James E. Tew, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker at the Nov. 3 fall meeting of the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association (KSBA). The meeting will be at Bullitt Central High School, 1330 Hwy 44 East Shepherdsville, KY 40165. Registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. ET, and opening comments will be at 8:00 a.m. The KSBA fall meeting is free to members and $15.00 for non-members. Lunch will be provided. Dr. Tew is the beekeeping specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System of Auburn University, and is an emeritus professor with Ohio State University. He […]

Save the Date: KSBA Fall Meeting will be Nov. 3, 2018

By: Tammy Horn Potter Please save the date for Nov. 3rd, Fall KSBA meeting in Shepherdsville. Our honored speaker will be Dr. Jim Tew (Ohio State, ret.), who will be discussing strategies for overwintering bees. Dr. Tew is a beloved beekeeper, speaker and researcher and it is a real treat to have him close out a successful KSBA year. The full schedule will be in the October Beelines. There is a block of rooms reserved for KSBA at the Holiday Inn Express in Shepherdsville, (502) 955-4984.

Beekeeping Workshop to be Held in Clay County on August 25, 2018

By: Joel Gonia The organizers of the recent Red Bird Beekeeping Seminar will be hosting a series of beekeeping workshops / field days in the Beverly and Manchester areas each month through December to gauge the level of interest and local leadership. These workshops will provide a cursory review of terms, equipment, opportunities and challenges geared toward the beginner and the intermediate beekeeper. The first workshop will be held on August 25 at the EXCEL Building (86 Muddy Gap Rd, Manchester, KY 40962). The workshop will consist of two sessions – a beginner session in the morning (9:00 – 11:00) and […]

Eastern Apicultural Society Short Course and Conference Coming Up

By: EAS Join the Eastern Apicultural Society for the annual Short Course (Aug. 13-15) and Conference (Aug. 15-17) which offers a week-long opportunity to hear from internationally known research scientists, extension apiculturists, apiary inspectors and beekeeping experts at every level. EAS begins with the two-day short course including beginner and intermediate tracks. Additional specialty tracks on Electronic Colony Monitoring, Bees as Business, Queen Rearing with the Russian Honey Bee Breeders Association and Excellence in Honey and Hive Products are offered. The main EAS conference features keynote speakers in large plenary sessions and afternoon workshops across six tracks plus apiary sessions. […]

Red Bird Beekeeping Seminar to be Held on July 28, 2018

By: Joel Gonia This 2-hour seminar will introduce beekeeping as a potential source of revenue and discuss both pros and cons of entering into a beekeeping business. We will also discuss the potential formation of the Red Bird Beekeeping Co-Op to become a self-sustaining enterprise within 24 months. The proposed RBBA Co-Op will manage all products and services provided by members, including the distribution and sale of honey, bees, hive components, and wax. Time: 10 AM – 12 PM Location: Red Bird Missionary Conference Offices, 54 Queendale Center, Beverly, Kentucky 40913, 606.598.5915 Targeted Counties: Lee, Owsley, Jackson, Clay, Leslie, Bell […]

HAS early-bird registration deadline is June 15

By: Charlotte Ekker Wiggins The Heartland Apicultural Society’s annual conference will be held this year at Washington University in St. Louis July 11-13, 2018. Conference registration is $100 for three days or $40 per day per person. After June 15, conference registration is $150 for three days and $55 per day. On site dorm accommodations, meals and evening events are extra. You can register online or download a registration form to mail-in at The three-day conference includes keynote speakers as well as hands on apiary demonstrations, queen rearing sessions, beginning and advanced beekeeping classes and a honey show competition. […]