Results of Poll “What would you like to see KSBA do?”


By: Shannon Trimboli

In our October poll, I asked “What would you like to see KSBA do?” Nineteen people responded to this poll and their responses can be found below. A big “thank you” to those who responded and an even bigger “thank you” to the nine people who said they were willing to help KSBA accomplish its goals.

1) Do you believe KSBA represents you as a Kentucky beekeeper?

  • 83% Yes
  • 17% No (What can KSBA do to change this?)
    • Get better organized. Develop long range plan with goal and action items. Lay out a five year strategy for the organization to accomplish goals. Get better organized. Engage member bee clubs
    • Hold multiple workshop or educational meetings.
    • KSBA ignores our end of the state. The little done recently doesn’t fix the years of neglect.

2) What would you like to see KSBA do in 2018? Mark all that apply.

  • 22% Provide financial support for local bee clubs
  • 56% Help local bee clubs find speakers
  • 72% Announce workshops and special events held by local bee clubs
  • 39% Share information about topics relevant to KY beekeepers (How you would like to see this done?)
    • I would like to see more relevant information for the hobbyist beekeeper or maybe even sponsor a monthly Q&A session online to help answer questions that may not get answered on a local basis.
    • Online
    • web page, e-mails
  • 56% Provide educational workshops for beekeepers (How you would like to see this done?)
    • Be the central source of KY bee related info and education support. The depository so to speak. Obviously universities and state apiarist are the educational experts. But I don’t see much info coming out of Ky universities.
    • Queen raising, hive management, IPM Management
    • I would like to see sessions on queen rearing and growing an apiary.
    • Hosted by local universities. We would pay a fee to attend.
    • Get agricultural grants to pay for certified professionals to give master beekeeper qualifying seminars.
    • Hold several throughout year around the state
    • assist local bee group bee schools
  • 28% Education and outreach for the public (How you would like to see this done)
    • Need a public message about buy local. Get the message out more. Use social media. And news releases.
    • Bee Biology, What are other countries doing that we can take advantage of such as Canada. I was watching a video on how to manage single brood deep hive boxes.
    • Educational continuing education classes in local county extension offices.
    • encourage/assist local group programs, provide recommendations on “how to”
  • 28% Support local schools in establishing beehives and beekeeping clubs (How you would like to see this done?)
    • Would like to see how the local clubs can support observation hives in every school
    • Local clubs could have a booth at school fairs.
    • develop grants in conjunction with local 4-H
  • 67% Host the honey booth at the State Fair
  • 28% Marketing of KY Honey (How you would like to see this done?)
    • Labeling is one thing but what about pricing or average pricing for bee products
    • Certified label not necessary. I have never had problem selling my local honey to local buyers.
    • communicate with groups to let them know what KSBA is doing
    • We need certified Kentucky honey. None of the marketing done or anything else helps if our industry is overrun by out of state honey sold as Kentucky.
  • 31% Try to establish a Certified KY Honey Label
  • 72% Lobby for beekeeping supplies to be tax exempt
  • 11% Other (please specify)
    • Up to date lectures on bee health matters.
    • Continue coordinating workshops/training sessions with local bee groups and continue listing them on the KSBA webpage, Coordinate/encourage local bee group education/community outreach

3) Based on your answers above, if KSBA can only do one thing in 2018, what should it be? (Options that no one chose have been deleted.)

  • 37% Provide educational workshops for beekeepers
  • 5% Education and outreach for the public
  • 5% Support local schools in establishing beehives and beekeeping clubs
  • 5% Host the honey booth at the State Fair
  • 26% Try to establish a Certified KY Honey Label
  • 21% Lobby for beekeeping supplies to be tax exempt

4) KSBA is a volunteer-led and run organization. The more people who volunteer, the more we can do. Can you help with any of these items? (Thanks again to all those who volunteered. I will be passing your information and the activities you volunteered for to the KSBA officers for follow up. Items that no one volunteered to help with have been deleted.)

  • 33% Be a speaker at local bee clubs
  • 11% Send KSBA webmaster information about workshops and special events to be included on the KSBA website and calendar
  • 22% Research and write news posts or other short articles to be included as news posts or on the KSBA website
  • 11% Provide education and outreach for the public
  • 44% Serve as a mentor for schools and youth organizations interested in beekeeping
  • 56% Speak about honey bees, beekeeping, and related topics to classes and community organizations
  • 22% Help with organizing KSBA meetings
  • 44% Help with the honey booth at the State Fair
  • 11% Other
    • host visits to my apiary