KSBA polls

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Results of First Swarms in 2018 Survey

By: Shannon Trimboli In March, we started a survey asking people to report the first swarms they saw in each county this year. Twenty-four swarms were reported this year compared to forty-four when we did the same survey last year. Thank you to the all those who submitted data. The map shows the week in which the first swarm was reported for each county. The table shows the number of swarms reported for each county and additional information for those county reporting multiple first swarms.     County # reported Notes Anderson 1 Boone 1 Breathitt 1 Daviess 1 Garrard […]

Results of First Pollen in 2018 Survey

By: Shannon Trimboli In January, I started a KSBA poll asking everyone to report when you saw the first pollen coming into your hive. Thirteen people took the time to respond and their results are below. I apologize for not posting the results sooner, but April and May were crazy busy and other things had to be prioritized. The results of the swarm survey we started in March will be posted in June. The first pollen in the state was reported the week of Jan. 21-27 in Bullitt and Warren Counties. The map shows when the first pollen was reported […]

Results of February’s Poll on Must-Have Books

In last month’s poll, I asked two questions. What are the 1-3 beekeeping books that every beginner should read? What are the 1-3 beekeeping books that every advanced beekeeper should have on their bookshelf? Two people, both of whom have over 5 years of experience keeping bees, responded. Their answers are below. Thank you to the two beekeepers who responded. Books every beginner should read: How to Keep Bees and Sell Honey, by:Walter T Kelley Langstroth’s Hive and the Honey Bee The Joys of Beekeeping by Richard Taylor Bee Master of Warrilow First Lessons in Beekeeping Books every advanced beekeeper […]

March Poll – First Swarms of 2018

Hi Everyone, Last year I started these surveys as a way to share information and get to know each other a little better. The very first survey we did was about tracking the first swarms of 2017. Everyone seemed to enjoy that survey, so let’s do it again this year. Mark the week in which you see or hear about the first swarm this year. Also, let us know what county it was in so we can track the first swarms as they move across the state. Only report the first swarm you see in each county. In other words, […]

February Poll: Must-Have Books

February is a busy month. Bee schools are happening all across the state. Many people are thinking about getting into beekeeping for the first time. Others are trying to figure out how they are going to improve their apiary this year. At the heart of all those activities is education. This month’s poll continues that theme. As always, all survey responses are anonymous. You can either participate by taking the survey below or by going to this link. I’ll share the answers next month. Thanks to everyone who participates! Shannon Trimboli     Create your own user feedback survey

January 2018 Poll: First Pollen of the Year

Hi Everyone, We started doing these surveys last spring by asking everyone to share when they saw their first swarm. Many people seemed to be interested in that survey. As we start the new year, I thought it would be interesting to do a similar survey focused on when we see the first pollen coming into our hives. I think it will be fun to see how it varies across the state. In order to make sure everyone has a chance to participate, I’ll let the survey run until early or mid-March then post the results in late March or […]

Results of Poll “What would you like to see KSBA do?”

By: Shannon Trimboli In our October poll, I asked “What would you like to see KSBA do?” Nineteen people responded to this poll and their responses can be found below. A big “thank you” to those who responded and an even bigger “thank you” to the nine people who said they were willing to help KSBA accomplish its goals. 1) Do you believe KSBA represents you as a Kentucky beekeeper? 83% Yes 17% No (What can KSBA do to change this?) Get better organized. Develop long range plan with goal and action items. Lay out a five year strategy for […]

October Poll – What would you like to see KSBA do?

By: Shannon Trimboli In the August poll about the Certified Kentucky Honey label, I provided lots of opportunities for people to add additional comments because I knew it was a complicated subject that would create strong opinions. I was right and the participants took full advantage of the spaces for comments. Among the comments were several statements that got me thinking about a different topic. For example, one person wrote “I am a member of [neighboring state]’s beekeeping organization because KSBA does not support [my] region.” Several other people said they thought KSBA would be better off spending its time […]

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Results of the Consumer Survey about a Certified Kentucky Honey Label

By: Shannon Trimboli In July we started two surveys. One asked Kentucky beekeepers for their opinions on pursuing a certified Kentucky Honey label. The second survey was aimed at gathering input from our customers about their thoughts and what is important to them when they buy honey. Results of the first survey were reported earlier. This report summarizes the results of the second survey focused on the consumers. Click on any of the images to view a larger version. The second survey started on July 29 and ran until October 5 in order to give as many people as possible […]

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Summary of Beekeeper Survey about Certified Kentucky Honey Label

By: Shannon Trimboli Over the past few weeks we have been conducting a survey asking Kentucky’s beekeepers about their interest in a Certified Kentucky Honey Label. A second survey asking consumers about what is important to them when they buy honey is being run through the end of the month. Results from that survey will be presented in September. The response rate for the survey of Kentucky beekeepers was very low compared to the survey distribution. (See full survey results for distribution information.) However, the 80 people who participated in the survey provided very valuable and detailed answers. (A BIG […]