The Kentucky Certified Honey Program (KCHP) is established by Kentucky State Beekeeping Association (KSBA). The purpose is to promote the sale of local honey to Kentucky consumers and promote the many beekeepers in Kentucky that raise bees, harvest, process and sell their honey all within the State of Kentucky. These beekeepers may be recognized by KSBA as Kentucky Certified Honey Producers. As certified honey producers, they will agree to follow the Program Guidelines and 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.
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
The program is funded by Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund (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
- fund the rebuilding of the KSBA website to better serve our members and to support KCHP
- 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 Kentucky Certified Honey Producers in the sale of their honey.
As of 2019, only honey provided by Kentucky Certified Honey Producers will be sold at the KSBA certified honey booth 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 Kentucky State Parks and Kentucky 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 KCHP to be self sustainable.
KSBA is also tasked to develop a Kentucky Beekeeper Mentoring Program (KBMP) and Beekeeper Cost Sharing Program by the end of 2019 with the goal of implementation in 2020. These two programs will 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