By: Shannon Trimboli Many local bee clubs and other organizations are beginning to plan their 2019 bee schools and beekeeping workshops. The Kentucky State Beekeepers Association is happy to include these events on our calendar and help promote them by posting information about the schools on our website and Facebook page, as well as sending announcements to our email list of over 1,200 individuals. To have your bee school or related event included on the KSBA calendar, website, Facebook page, and news emails, please send a written description of the event to the KSBA webmaster a minimum of 45 days […]
By: Shannon Trimboli The new Kentucky State Beekeepers Association (KSBA) membership forms for 2019 have been uploaded to the KSBA website’s membership page. KSBA’s annual membership continues to be $15 per family. For the second year, you can join and pay online or download a fillable pdf form that you can print and mail with a check. Online payments are processed through PayPal, but you don’t need a PayPal account. You can use any credit or debit card to pay your membership fee online. Both forms include important updates to reflect the new Certified Kentucky Honey Program and changes to the […]
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.
Greetings Fellow KSBA members, It is time to nominate some of our outstanding members for KSBA Beekeeper of the year. For 2018, the nomination period will be September 1st thru October 1st . Please absolutely no late nomination can be accepted. The official voting will be done by the past 15 to 20 KSBA Beekeepers of the year. This is the expected number of past recipients that can be contacted. Nominations include: Nominee name Nominee contact information a. Address b. Phone Number c. E-mail address if possible Brief justification (about 10 lines) Nominations can be submitted by E-mail to email@example.com Or […]
Below is the schedule for associations working the Honey Booth at the State Fair. Thursday, Aug. 16: Bluegrass Beekeepers Association. Friday, Aug. 17: Bluegrass Beekeepers Association. Saturday, Aug. 18: Oldham County Beekeepers Association. Sunday, Aug. 19: Shelby County Beekeepers Association. Monday, Aug. 20: Allen County Beekeepers Association. Tuesday, Aug. 21 (morning): Capitol City Beekeepers Association. Tuesday, Aug. 21 (afternoon): Kentuckiana Beekeepers Association. Wednesday, Aug. 22: Mammoth Cave Beekeepers Association. Thursday, Aug. 23: Grayson County Beekeepers Association. Friday, Aug. 24: Audubon Beekeepers Association. Saturday, Aug. 25: Green River Beekeepers Association. Sunday, Aug. 26: Oldham County Beekeepers Association.
The Kentucky State Beekeepers Association (KSBA) board has stipulated that all honey sold at the Kentucky State Fair Honey Booth must be produced by Kentucky beekeepers and harvested from Kentucky honey bees as per the new “Certified Kentucky Honey” program. Labeling Avoid the word “monofloral.” If you designate your honey as a monofloral, and label it as such, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that you be able to prove that the required pollen analysis indicates at least 46 percent of pollen from the named label source. KSBA recommends designations such as “Wildflower,” “Spring Harvest 2018,” or “Local Jefferson […]
By: David Shockey The Kentucky Certified Honey Program is an official marketing program of the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association (KSBA). The goals of the program are twofold: first, to promote local honey that is produced by the beekeepers of the KSBA and is a genuine product of the State; second, to connect the local beekeepers with consumers who are looking to purchase local honey. KSBA will be initiating this new program to certify honey producers within the Commonwealth of Kentucky as producers of local honey starting on August 16th at the State Fair. The certification will signify that: the producers […]
Vendors planning to be part of the fall conference of the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association (KSBA) on Nov. 3 must quickly handle some newly discovered late-breaking requirements that potential vendors provide advance proof of their liability insurance within the next couple of weeks. Mike Mabry KSBA vice president, says vendors must have a Certificate of Liability Insurance on file at the Bullitt County Board of Education by July 10. This deadline is so the Board may act on the completed KSBA application on July 16. “If the vendors do not have their insurance info in as dated, they will not […]
Once again, the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association (KSBA) will be selling honey at the Honey Booth at the State Fair. You must be a current member of KSBA to sell your honey. Memberships can be renewed at the State Fair or online. Prices will remain the same as last year. All honey for sale must be properly labeled. Honey label requirements can be found on pages 87 and 88 of the Kentucky Farmers Market Manual. Selling Price Price to Beekeeper Extracted Honey 8-ounce jar 8.00 5.60 1-lb. jar 11.00 7.70 Pint jar 14.00 9.80 1.5-lb. jar 14.00 9.80 2-lb. […]
The deadline for submitting entry forms for the State Fair is July 2. All entries must be received at the State Fair on Sunday, August 12, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. or Monday, August 13, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The entries must be picked up on Sunday, August 26, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. or Monday, August 27, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. This year an important rule change will affect recipes for the Honey Culinary competition. Kentucky State Fair Honey Culinary judge Jill True notes that the Honey Culinary competition is for recipes featuring honey as a primary ingredient. […]