USDA Requesting Help from Kentucky Beekeepers


By: David Knoph, NASS

During December USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will be conducting three surveys to collect bee and honey statistics. Collectively, the three surveys will provide information about bee colonies, bee health and honey production. NASS gathers the data for the surveys online, by mail, phone and in-person interview. Specific information for each survey is below.

  • Bee & Honey Inquiry (operations with 5 or more hives)
    • Data collected: Honey producing colonies, honey production and price by color class and marketing channel
    • Mail date: December 21, 2017
    • Number of beekeepers sampled: 216
    • Report published: March 14, 2018
  • Bee & Honey Production and Loss Inquiry (operations with less than 5 hives)
    • Data collected: Honey producing colonies, honey production and sales; income from pollination and other sources such as bees sold, expenses on queens, pest and disease treatments, etc.
    • Mail date: December 29, 2017
    • Number of beekeepers sampled: 43
    • Report published: March 14, 2018
  • Quarterly Colony Loss (operations with 5 or more hives)
    • Data collected: Colonies owned, colonies by state, colony loss, and colony health
    • Mail date: December 22, 2017
    • Number of beekeepers sampled:73
    • Annual report published: August 1, 2018

From the sample sizes listed above, it is obvious that not all beekeepers will be asked to participate in the surveys. If you are one of the beekeepers who receive the survey, please be sure to complete the survey and return it as directed. Your participation will help NASS gain a statistical picture of bee colonies, bee health and honey production across the state.

Published reports are available at nass.usda.gov. Questions may be directed to Dan Palermo, Statistician, 502-907-3226 or daniel.palermo@usda.gov.