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Forms and Related Info

2017 Honey Report Form for Ky. Dept. of Ag.
2017 Hive Count Form for Ky. Dept. of Ag.
2016 State Fair Honey Booth Prices
Proper Labeling of Honey and Honey Products from FDA
Labeling Floral Source of Honey from FDA
Honey and Cosmetic Regulations abridged from the Commercial Food Manufacturing in Kentucky – A Starter Guide, Revision: April 2016


Pollen Analysis of Honey

Pollen Analysis at Morehead State University


Pesticide Kills

Guide to Reporting Pesticide Related Bee-Kill from Honey Bee Health Coalition
Pesticide Related Bee Kills: How to know, how to collect samples, how to report – published in American Bee Journal, June 2016


Foulbrood and Veterinary Feed Directive Regulations

Foulbrood Information from the Kentucky State Apiarist
State Veterinarians Willing to be Contacted for Veterinary Feed Directive for Beekeepers (Updated: March 31, 2017)
American Foulbrood – Prevention and Management from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Webpages about American Foulbrood (AFB) from the New Zealand Management Agency, National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan

Do I Need a Vet for My Bees? – published in Bee Culture, September 26, 2016
FDA Video on New Antibiotics Regulation from the FDA
Guidance for Industry Small Entity Compliance Guide Veterinary Feed Directive Regulation Questions and Answers – 22 pg pdf published by the USDA, FDA
American Foulbrood (AFB) Videos from the New Zealand Management Agency, National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan


Varroa Mites

Tools for Varroa Management – 24 pg pdf published by the Honey Bee Health Coalition
Honey Bee Health Coalition Varroa Mite Videos

 Bee Club Program on Varroa Mites – Honey Bee Health Coalition


Grants and Business Resources for Kentucky Beekeepers

County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) – 50 / 50 cost share program, Administrator varies by county so ask local FSA or extension office where to get information
Kentucky Proud Promotional Grant – 50 / 50 cost share for marketing materials, 2018 funding approved but finalizing details, link will be posted as soon as it is available
Kentucky State University Small Scale Farm Grant – developed to support the expansion of certain types of agriculture in Kentucky, especially among underserved groups. Grant funding decisions are based upon the future impact expected on the production and sales of Kentucky-grown and Kentucky-raised farm products.
Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) – Non-profit providing help with business development, marketing plans, business training, looking for funding, etc.; most services are free
SCORE – non-profit supported by Small Business Association, recently partnered with USDA to provide free mentoring and small business assistance to farmers


E-books for Kentucky Beekeepers

Beginning Beekeeping for Kentuckians – 20 page pdf published by the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Office
The Kentucky Beekeeper’s Calendar – 11 page pdf published by the Kentucky State University and the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Office


Pollinator (including honey bees) Protection Plans and Handbooks

White House Pollinator Partnership Action Plan – 24 pg pdf published by the White House’s Pollinator Health Task Force
Kentucky Pollinator Handbook – 144 pg pdf published by the NRCS
Kentucky Pollinator Protection Plan – draft, Nov.  3, 2016


Kentucky Farm Bureau Across Kentucky Podcasts

JULY 17, 2017 – “The bees are biting back,” and we’re going to spread that trait to bee hives across Kentucky to stop the loss of hives from the varroa mite; that’s the intent of Dorothey Morgan, President of the Kentucky Queen Bee Breeders Association. A new trait “mite biting” trait has emerged among some hives and efforts are underway to spread that to hives throughout Kentucky.
FEBRUARY 1, 2017 – Almost a dozen classes and conferences are scheduled for veteran and beginner beekeepers across the state.  State Apiarist, Tammy Horn Potter, discusses the growth and popularity of beekeeping these days, and some of the developing new potential sidelines, like producing and selling queen bees.
DECEMBER 20, 2016 – A new set of tools is now available for beekeepers to better manage their hives year round; and right now is the time to take action to have a high degree of success is knocking back the varroa mite; the number one threat to honey bees.  State apiarist, Tammy Horn Potter, discusses a new serrie of short videos available free of charge to beekeepers.
JULY 29, 2016 – American bee hives have been taking a hit in recent years experiencing an over-winter loss in many colonies of up to 40%, much of that due to the Varroa Mite.  Ky Ag Dept, State Apiarist, Tammy Horn Potter talks about some research at Purdue University where they’ve discover that some hive queens have developed a “mite biting” trait, which will help fight against losses from that insect.  Purdue is beginning a program of sharing that genetic trait with beekeepers across the country.
JULY 28, 2016 – A feature report on the development of a beekeeping program at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park and a related Beekeeping Expo this Friday and Saturday (Aug 5/6) at that facility.  Park interpreter, Trinity Shepherd, is featured discussing the value of the program for the region and the opportunity for local honey sales for the public this coming weekend.
FEBRUARY 19, 2016 – Winter time is one of the best seasons of the year for anyone interested in looking into bee and honey production. Ky Ag Department, State Apiarist, Tammy Horn recommends a full year of exploration before spending a nickel on beekeeping equipment. She also discusses a pollinator protection plan forum scheduled for Feb 24. (Details on line at:
DECEMBER 4, 2015 – A report on the state of beekeeping in Kentucky, which says Ky Ag Department State Apiarist, Tammy Horn, is really starting to head in the right direction. She talks about a couple of the signs of that growth in interest among current and potential beekeepers, and she discusses this weekend’s annual meeting of the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association in Livingston County.
NOVEMBER 18, 2015 – The honey production season is well over but the fall and winter provide plenty of educational opportunities for current and potential beekeepers. Ky Ag Dept, State Apiarist, Tammy Horn talks about the season and chores for beekeepers to keep their hives in good shape to make it through the winter.
JUNE 16, 2015 – Earlier honey harvests and more young beekeepers getting into the act; those are two interesting trends in beekeeping spotted by State Apiarist, Tammy Horn, with the Ky Department of Agriculture. She also discusses some unique opportunities at the upcoming state fair (Aug 20-30) for beekeepers to compete and for consumers to get a little taste of Kentucky honey.
APRIL 10, 2015 – A follow-up report on the appearance of the new state apiarist, Tammy Horn, doing a presentation at the recent Ky IPM annual training school in Princeton. Horn talks about how beekeepers use IPM (integrated pest management) techniques in their work and about how beekeepers and row crop farmers have a lot more in common than they might think.
MARCH 24, 2015 – From the use of unmanned aerial drones, to assisting with efforts to protect honey bees, the IPM, Integrated Pest Management school, this week in Princeton, will draw scores of crop managers for required training to meet their ongoing certification requirements. Featured guest is UK entomologist, Ric Bessin, coordinator of Kentucky’s IPM program.
JANUARY 30, 2015 – A story with Ky Ag Department state apiarist, Tammy Horn, who says at least two major farm crop protection companies, Bayer and Monsanto, are developing products to help beekeepers: one will reduce the potential for spray drifts and another will fight the varroa mite. Horn also touts several, upcoming beekeeper schools across the state in February.
JANUARY 13, 2015 – Beekeepers in recent years have been sustaining over 20% winter losses in their hives. Tammy Horn, State Apiarist with the Ky Department of Agriculture, says that figure is actually an improvement in the trend. Despite the challenges she says interest in beekeeping is growing, and she touts a series of training meetings set for this winter.