Beekeeping Information & Resources


Click here to download the best beginners' beekeeping guide, written by Dr. Thomas C. Webster of Kentucky State University.

Do you have an annual bee plan? Bees require year-round attention. This guide explains the yearly bee calendar.

Make sure your bees have plenty of resources for making honey! Check out the Selecting Plants for Pollinators guide. In addition, UK research developed a list of Woody Ornamentals for Bee-Friendly Landscapes in the Ohio River valley.

Read about the Kentucky Pollinator Protection Plan, created by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Kentucky Farm Bureau, and Kentucky Cooperative Extension.

The KDA Pollinator Protection Program is designed to be a voluntary tool between chemical applicators and beekeepers in an effort to reduce hive mortality.


Kentucky Beekeepers Association


Visit the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association website (and on Facebook). Dues are $15 per family a year. Members of the Kentucky Beekeepers Association enjoy the following benefits:

  • An opportunity to meet new friends in all phases of the beekeeping industry at the three yearly conventions held in the Spring, Summer and Fall.
  • Opportunity to sell honey at the KY State Fair Honey Booth.
  • Discount on American Bee Journal and Bee Culture.
  • Work closely with the KY State Apiarist.
  • A chance to participate in the legislation process in forming and influencing legislation that affects the beekeeping industry.
  • Opportunity to buy or sell beekeeping equipment and bees on the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association website.

Click here to learn more about joining the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association.


The Kentucky Department of Agriculture also provides a great deal of information concerning bees, including how to raise a wildflower garden, grant oppotunities for beekeepers, and beekeeper suppliers.