Organizations

Bee Informed Partnership

The Bee Informed Partnership is a collaboration of efforts across the country from some of the leading research labs and universities in agriculture and science to better understand honey bee declines in the United States.

 

Pollinator Partnership

The Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research.

Honey Bee Health Coalition

Our mission is to collaboratively implement solutions that will help to achieve a healthy population of honey bees while also supporting healthy populations of native and managed pollinators in the context of productive agricultural systems and thriving ecosystems.

 

Project Apis m.

Project Apis m.’s mission is to fund and direct research to enhance the health and vitality of honey bee colonies while improving crop production.

 

Eastern Apicultural Society

The Eastern Apicultural Society of North America, Inc. (EAS) is an international nonprofit educational organization founded in 1955 for the promotion of bee culture, education of beekeepers, certification of Master Beekeepers and excellence in bee research. EAS is the largest noncommercial beekeeping organization in the United States and one of the largest in the world.

 

Western Apicultural Society

WAS is a non-profit, educational, beekeeping organization founded in 1978 for the benefit and enjoyment of all beekeepers in western North America. Membership is encouraged from anywhere in the world. However, the organization is specifically designed to meet the educational needs of beekeepers from the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming as well as the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Yukon.

Honey

National Honey Board
We’re an industry-funded agriculture promotion group that educates consumers about the benefits and uses for honey and honey products. Our research, marketing and promotional programs are funded by an assessment on domestic and imported honey and are designed to increase awareness and usage of honey by consumers, the foodservice industry and food manufacturers.

 

True Source Honey:
True Source Honey, LLC is an effort by a number of honey companies and importers to call attention to the problem of illegally sourced honey; to encourage action to protect consumers and customers from these practices; and to highlight and support legal, transparent and ethical sourcing.

The initiative seeks to help maintain the reputation of honey as a high-quality, highly valued food and further sustain the U.S. honey sector.

Publications

Bee Culture
The magazine of American beekeeping.

 

American Bee Journal
The American Bee Journal was established in 1861 by Samuel Wagner and has been published continuously since that time, except for a brief period during the Civil War. The Journal has the honor of being the oldest English language beekeeping publication in the world. Today, Dadant and Sons has the privilege of publishing the American Bee Journal for subscribers throughout the world. Readership is concentrated among hobby and commercial beekeepers, bee supply dealers, queen breeders, package-bee shippers, honey packers, and entomologists.

Honey Producer Magazine
AHPA's membership magazine. Non AHPA members may subscribe to Honey Producer magazine by submitting a $40 annual subscription fee.

Disaster Assistance Programs

ELAP

ELAP provides financial assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish for losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events or loss conditions, including blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary. ELAP assistance is provided for losses not covered by other disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, such as losses not covered by the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

 

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)

NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters. 

USDA-ARS Research Facilities

USDA Agricultural Research Service

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency. Our job is finding solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table

 

USDA Beltsville Bee Research Laboratory - Maryland, USA

The mission of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center is to provide the American public with an exceptionally talented, highly interdisciplinary scientific community in the USDA’s largest scientific installation, and leverage these resources to envision, create, and improve knowledge and technologies that enhance the capacity of the nation – and the world – to provide its people with healthy crops and animals; clean and renewable natural resources; sustainable agricultural systems; and agricultural commodities and products that are abundant, high-quality, and safe.

 

USDA ARS Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology Research Unit - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The mission of the Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Research Unit is directly related to improving honey bee stock and honey bee management. This broad mission includes components related to problems caused by varroa mites, tracheal mites and microsproidians in the genus Nosema. The devastating problems caused by varroa mites and the serious problems caused by tracheal mites and Nosema are targeted as the most critical. Scientists are engaged in breeding and testing honey bees for resistance to mites and Nosema, evaluating mite-bee interactions to better describe breeding criteria, and evaluate stock production processes to explore and solve stock problems caused by mites and Nosema.

 

Carl Hayden Bee Research Center - Tucson, Arizona

The mission of the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center (CHBRC) is to conduct research to optimize the health of honey bee colonies, through improved nutrition and control of Varroa mites in order to maximize production of honey bee pollinated crops.

Beekeeping Insurance

Howalt-Mcdowell

For your beekeeping insurance needs please visit Howalt - McDowell Insurance, Inc

Beekeeping Insurance Services
BEEKEEPING INSURANCE SERVICES are specialists if working with beekeepers to provide them with the best possible options for their insurance needs. As licensed Crop Insurance Agents our experts can work with you to best understand and take advantage of the benfits offerred by the U.S.D.A.'s APICULTURE INSURANCE PROGRAM. Beekeepers from around the country - who have colonies located in any one of the eligible states may enroll their colonies and take advantage of the benefits this program offers.
 

State & County Offices

A quick & easy way to find your local county offices:
http://www.countyoffice.org

Weather

USDA - Crop Weather
The Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin (WWCB) is jointly prepared by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The WWCB provides a vital source of information on weather, climate and agricultural developments worldwide, along with detailed charts and tables of agrometeorological information that are appropriate for the season.

The Bulletin is posted every Tuesday by 4:00 p.m. (ET). Posting will be delayed to the next business day when federal offices are closed.

Weather.com
The Weather Channel and weather.com provide a national and local weather forecast for cities, as well as weather radar, report and hurricane coverage.

 

National Weather Service/NOAA
The National Weather Service is a component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is an Operating Unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Supplies

Mann Lake, Ltd

“We know bees” 

Dadant & Sons, Inc. 

“Your one-stop shopping center for beekeeping supplies”

Western Bee Supplies, Inc.

Western Bee Supplies, Inc. is pleased to be able to serve all levels of beekeeping from the beginner to the largest of commercial beekeepers

Information for All Ages

The Guide to Beekeeping for Adults and Kids
(Thank you Anna and Ms. Ward's class from Delaware for finding this website for us!)

Beekeeping is the term used to describe human maintenance of a colony of honeybees. A beekeeper usually keeps his bees in hives contained in a “bee yard.” The beekeeper maintains the beehives so that he can collect beeswax, honey, pollen and propolis. A beekeeper may also maintain the hives so that the bees will pollinate his crops. Finally, beekeepers may use the hives to produce new generations of bees for sale to other beekeepers.

 

Buzz About Bees

Inspiring children to love bees and nature, is not only life enriching for the child, it is a great way to help ensure the environment will be protected for future generations.

The Buzz on Beekeeping: A Guide to Bringing Up Bees in Your Own Backyard

(Thank you Peyton Langdon for sending us this link!)

by HomeAdvisor

This guide will get you on the right track toward your very own backyard bee colony by discussing the benefits of beekeeping, necessary tools and equipment, and offering advice on how to choose and build the right set-up for your yard.

Avis Flowers

(Thank you Shelly Humphrey and New Orleans Rose Society kid's class for sending us this link!)

Why Bees and Pollination Are So Important

www.avasflowers.net/why-bees-and-pollination-are-so-important

Pollination

Almond Board California

At the request of the almond industry, a Federal Marketing Order for almonds was established in 1950. At that time, it dealt primarily with compliance issues, and accordingly, was called the Almond Control Board.  In the 1970’s, recognizing a need to address market development, the name was changed to the Almond Board of California.  While compliance is still a crucial part of its activities, the Board now engages in production, nutrition and market research, advertising and promotion in domestic and international markets, quality control and statistical analysis and dissemination.  As a Federal Marketing Order, it is important to note that the Board is not involved with and is expressly prohibited from setting field or market prices.

Almond Board California - Orchard Management

USDA ERS - Publications

Land Use, Land Cover, and Pollinator Health: A Review and Trend Analysis

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Links and Resources

American Honey
Producers Association

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Cassie Cox
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PO Box 435
Mendon, UT 84325
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cassie@ahpanet.com