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KSBA Fall Meeting – Dec. 5

The Kentucky State Beekeepers Association will meet Saturday, December 5 at the Livingston County Extension Office located at 803 US Hwy 60 East in Smithland, Ky.


  • Dr. Tammy Horn Potter, Kentucky State Apiarist,
  • Dr. Tom Webster, KSU Professor and bee expert,
  • David Knopff, USDA, and
  • Kent Williams, EAS certified Master Beekeeper.

Schedule (all times CST):

  • 8:30 a.m.: Registration
  • 9:15 a.m.: Opening remarks
  • 11:30 a.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m.: Afternoon sessions start
  • 4:00 p.m.: Closing remarks and door prizes

There will also be an executive meeting Friday evening beginning at 7:00pm in the breakfast area of Patti’s Inn located at 1017 Dover Road, Grand Rivers, KY, just northeast of I24 off exit 31. We will be discussing KSBA business and accepting nominations for officers for 2016. We will be electing a new secretary, treasurer, and vice-president at the Saturday meeting.

The Smithland and Paducah area is very scenic and we welcome all to attend our final meeting of 2015 and help us welcome our President for 2016, Ray Tucker Jr. of Somerset, Ky.


Accepting Nominations for KSBA Officers

Nominations are currently being accepted for KSBA secretary, treasurer, and vice-president. The offices of Secretary and Treasurer are one year terms. The Vice-President will become the President-elect in 2017, and eventually the President in 2018.

Nominees should be Kentucky beekeepers devoted to beekeeping and willing to volunteer their services and ideas to further KSBA and beekeeping in KY. If you would like to nominate someone, please send their name and a brief bio to John Benham, KSBA President, at

The current officers will vote on the new officers on Dec. 4 at the KSBA executive meeting. The new officers will be introduced at the KSBA fall meeting on Dec. 5.

Many thanks to those who have supported the KSBA.


Letter from the KSBA President

Kentucky State Beekeepers Associations

Hello fellow beekeepers!

I am contacting you concerning the Fall meeting of the Kentucky State Beekeepers which will take place December 5 in Smithland, Ky at the Livingston County Extension Office located at 803 U.S. Hwy 60 East. We will have an Executive Meeting at the breakfast area at Patti’s Inn located at 1017 Dover Road, Grand Rivers, Ky northeast of I24 at exit 31 beginning at 7:00pm Central Time Friday, December 4.

The reason for the Executive meeting will be to confirm nominations for officers for next year, 2016. We are now accepting nominations for Treasurer, Secretary and Vice-President. The offices of Secretary and Treasurer are held yearly while the Vice-President will become the President-elect in 2017 and eventually the President in 2018. We would like your help in filling the nominations with beekeepers you feel would benefit and advance our association. The KSBA needs officers who are devoted to beekeeping and willing to volunteer their services and ideas to further the KSBA. The past couple of years we have sought to redevelop the KSBA into an organization equal to the groups in surrounding states.

Currently we are redesigning the KSBA website with a number of new additions such as links, pages and memorials that will help Kentucky beekeepers both beginning and advanced as well as our statewide associations in general. It will take several weeks to get our site to the point we are seeking so check in from time to time and watch us develop. One of the key additions will be an add on web site for each state association where they can post their news and other information they see fit. We are also seeking to advance to the point where we are an integral part of the beekeeping schools and field days that take place every year by using our position to help acquire key note speakers for these events and help with the honorariums required for these speakers.

These are just a few of the advances we are instituting and welcome other ideas. That is why I am contacting each association seeking nominations for these positions. If you know of those who would keep our association going forward and fill the vacancies for next year please submit their names and a brief bio so we can vote on them at our Fall meeting. During my tenure I have heard various criticism about different things the KSBA should be doing so now is your chance to nominate those who can implement these ideas. Please submit your nominations to me at or

You can also call me or message me on my cell direct at 270-404-0648 with your nominations. Please bear in mind that I live in an isolated area and that there are parts of my farm where I do not receive a cell signal so please leave a message and I promise I will return your call if needed. Thank you very much for your time and I am looking forward to hearing from you. We have more planned for our association in 2016 including the revival of our newsletter to all our members either by email or a hard copy through the US mail.

Best Regards,
John M. Benham
KSBA President 2015


UK to Host Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

Phil Craft, author of a monthly column in Bee Culture magazine and retired Kentucky State Apiarist, will teach two Beginning Beekeeping – Getting Started workshops at the University of Kentucky’s Ecological Resource and Education Center. The workshops will be held from 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 12. More information about the workshop and how to register can be found here.


Beekeeping Emergency Response Workshop – Postponed

The Bee Emergency Workshop originally scheduled for Oct.17, 2015 is being rescheduled to coincide with the Kelley’s 2016 Field Day next June. Checks will be returned to everyone who registered for the October event.

The workshop is designed for emergency responders to learn the basics about the migratory bee industry, how to effectively control overturned bee truck situations, aggressive bee hives, non-honey bee emergencies, and to buy basic equipment. Having the workshop coincide with the Field Day will also provide a good opportunity for Emergency Responders and Beekeepers to meet and exchange information such as call lists and discuss swarm control plans.

More details about the rescheduled event will be available later.


Accepting Nominations for 2015 KSBA Beekeeper of the Year

Any KSBA member can nominate another outstanding KSBA beekeeper for the award. Nominations will be accepted Sept. 5 through Oct. 20. No late nominations will be accepted.

Nominations must include:
•  Nominee name
•  Nominee contact information;
–  Address
–  Phone Number
–  E-mail address if possible
•  Brief justification (about 10 lines)

Submit nominations by email ( or mail (Joe Taylor, P.O. Box 234, Leitchfield, KY 42755).

A committee of prior KSBA Beekeepers of the Year will review the nominations and vote for the 2015 Beekeeper of the Year. Results will be announced at the Fall KSBA meeting, Dec. 5, 2015.