The Kentucky Certified Honey Program (KCHP) was established by KSBA in an effort to promote the sale of local honey to consumers in Kentucky and to promote the many beekeepers in Kentucky that raise their bees, harvest and process their honey and sell their honey all within the State of Kentucky. These beekeepers may be recognized by KSBA as Kentucky Certified Honey Producers through formal application to KSBA. As Certified Honey Producers, they will have agreed to follow the Program Guidelines and to will apply the trademarked certified honey label to the bottles of honey that they sell. All beekeepers within the State of Kentucky are eligible to be certified by making formal application to KSBA and paying the appropriate annual dues. The annual dues include membership in KSBA at no extra cost. Each local association will receive $3 back for each of its members that become certified. The $3 will be paid back to the local associations at the end of each calendar year. The labels are for sale to Certified Produces:
- $4.00 per 100;
- $7.00 per 500
- $5.00 for packaging and postage
Currently application and the purchasing of labels must be by mail to the address below. KSBA is working to provide online application, paying of dues and the buying of labels as part of the website rebuild.
KY Certified Honey Producers memberships are based on annual honey production:
- For producers of < 250 lbs. $35.00
- For producers of > 250 lbs. but < 750 lbs. $45.00
- For producers of > 750 lbs. but < 1250 lbs. $55.00
- For producers of > 1250 lbs. but < 1800 lbs. $65.00
- For producers of > 1800 lbs. $100.00
KSBA has been awarded a KADF Grant in the amount of $128,000.00 over the next two years to help fund the hiring of a KSBA/KCHP Program Manager; to fund the rebuilding of the KSBA website to better serve our members and to support the KCHP; to develop a social media promotional program to help educate the general public on the benefits of buying local honey from Certified Honey Producers; and assisting Certified Honey Producers in the sale of their honey. As of 2019, only honey provided by Certified Honey Producers will be sold at the KSBA Honey Booths at the Kentucky State Fair. For the first time, KSBA will have two honey booths at the KY State Fair. KSBA and our Program Manager will also be promoting through many different venues like KY State Parks and Farmer’s Markets that they to support the sale of local honey provided by Certified Honey Producers. The goal is to have the majority of beekeepers in Kentucky certified by the end of 2020 and the KCHP to be self sustainable by then.
KSBA has also been tasked to develop a State wide Beekeeper Mentoring Program and Beekeeper Cost Sharing Program by the end of 2019 with the goal of possible implementation of both of these programs in 2020. These two programs would greatly enhance the growth of beekeeping within Kentucky. During 2019, KSBA will be soliciting input from local associations and beekeepers in the drafting of these two programs.
Program Manager: Sarah Preston, P. O. Box 636, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342