Honey Bee Health Coalition releases two new resources to help beekeepers make informed hive management decisions An expert team of beekeepers, entomologists, extension and regulatory agents, bee suppliers and apiary inspectors produced and reviewed Best Management Practices for Hive Health: A Guide for Beekeepers, which is available for free download. The Coalition also launched a free, mobile-friendly tool to accompany its Tools for Varroa Management guide. The Varroa guide, first released in 2015 and now in its seventh edition, helps beekeepers implement practical techniques to control the Varroa mite, one of the honey bee’s most destructive pests.
By: Shannon Trimboli As local organizations begin to plan their 2019 Bee Schools, it might be helpful to know that both the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association (KSBA) and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) have funding available to help support upcoming bee schools. KSBA Funds: KSBA will pay local organizations who host a bee school a set amount per attendee. Contact John Benham, KSBA treasurer, for more details and information about how to receive these funds. KDA Funds: The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) will help sponsor qualifying 2019 Bee Schools, with grants of $100 to $250 available […]
By: Shannon Trimboli The 2018 Kentucky Agricultural Statistics Annual Bulletin was compiled by the Kentucky Field Office of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report contains a monthly climate summary for 2018 and a variety of information about agricultural practices within the state including honey production. The chart on honey production can be found below. The full report can be downloaded at https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Kentucky/Publications/Annual_Statistical_Bulletin/2018/2018%20Annual%20Bulletin.pdf.
By: Lindsey New, Pulaski/McCreary Co. FSA Office The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers yield protection for honey producers through its Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). NAP is like crop insurance for honey yield, said Lindsey New, executive director, of the FSA Pulaski/McCreary County office. It is designed to reduce financial losses that occur when eligible natural disasters cause a loss of honey production. Basic NAP coverage offers 50 percent yield protection. A $250 fee (per county) applies to cover honey in the NAP program, but the fee can be waived for Socially Disadvantaged, Beginning, or Limited Resource producers, New […]
By: Tammy Potter The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is collecting information on honey crops in the Commonwealth, as required by state law. To participate, please file a report including: the beekeeper’s name, county, number of hives, pounds of honey produced by Oct. 1, 2017, and total colonies as of Oct. 1. General definitions: Hobbyist, 1-29 hives; Sideliner, 30-99 hives; Commercial, over 100 hives. Your voluntary participation is appreciated. Please email, fax, or mail this information to: Tammy Potter, State Apiarist Kentucky Department of Agriculture 109 Corporate Drive Frankfort, KY 40601 Fax: (502) 564-7852 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By: Shannon Trimboli I just found out that the Whole Kids foundation in partnership with the Bee Cause Project is accepting grant applications to support an educational hive for a K-12 school or non-profit organization. The application deadline is October 15, 2018. An optional informational webinar about the grant will be held on October 3, 2018 at 3:00 CT / 4:00 ET. More information including the application can be found at https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/schools/honey-bee-grant.