Friday, March 6, 2015

Bee School Has Been Cancelled

The 2015 Bluegrass Beekeeping School has been cancelled due to weather :-(.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 Bluegrass Beekeeping School Program And Class Descriptions

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2015 Bluegrass Beekeeping School

What’s Going on at the 2015

Bluegrass Beekeeping School!

Here is a quick overview of some of the classes planned for this year’s school.

Our Opening Address will be given by Dr. Subba Reddy Palli, professor at the University

of Kentucky who will talk on his research on “Development of RNA Interference as a

Bee-safe Pest Control Method”.

If you want to become a beekeeper, this school has 4 “Beginning Beekeeping” classes

designed for you. You will learn about bee biology and behavior, what supplies are

needed, how to install your bees and first year management. If live in the city, come and

learn in the class about “Keeping Bees in Urban Areas”.

In your second plus years of beekeeping you might want to attend these classes. “What

I wish I Had Known” will teach tips from an experienced beekeeper so you don’t have

to learn the hard way! “Problems inside the Hive” where you will learn what’s going on

inside the hive and what you can do. Do you have a disease, mites or need to requeen for

example? “Spring Management” will talk about what you should be doing to build that

hive up for the spring and summer honey flow. When you get that first honey crop you

might want to be prepared by taking the class on “Processing Honey” where you will

learn about extracting honey.

Want to do a “Top Bar Hive”, we will offer a class for you.

For the advanced beekeeper there are several classes for you. Learn more about “Small

Hive Beetle Control”, “Queen Rearing”, “Catching Swarms”, “Making Nucs Using a

2 Queen System” and “Crop Pollination”.

What to do with the honey you extracted? “Marketing Honey & other Honey-valued

Products” should help you sell that honey. Or maybe you want to show your honey

and honey products in your local or state fair. Learn how to have a winner by taking

“Competing in Honey Shows”. How about “Making Mead” with that extra honey?

This class is for you.

We will be offering a class in “Wildflower Pollinator Plants”. Hear from a Fayette Co.

school teacher who did research in Greenland on “Greenland, Climate Change, and

Pollinator Plants”. You provided hive counts to our state apiarist, come find out what

that data is telling us in the “Honey Bee Hive Count”.

Come join us for this one day event. Learn, visit the vendors, see about joining a local

beekeeper’s association and the Kentucky State Beekeeper’s Association and hear about

Apimondia and Pollinator Stewardship Council.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Honey at the 2014 Governor's Breakfast - Kentucky State Fair

Bottles of honey donated by Kentucky beekeepers for the Governor's breakfast at the 2014 Kentucky State Fair.

Photos by Tammy Horn

Friday, August 1, 2014


John Campbell won the Silver Plate award at the Eastern Apicultural Society's 2014 conference for his design of a tilting bottling stand.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

State fair honey price list

Active members of the Kentucky state beekeepers association are eligible to sell honey at  the KSBA.honey booth at the Kentucky state fair this is a copy of the current price list.

2014 State Fair Honey Prices
Type Selling Price Price toBkeep (70% of sale price)
Extracted Honey    
8-ounce jar 5.5 3.85
1 lb jar 8.5 5.95
Pint jar 11 7.7
1.5 jar 11 7.7
2 lb jar 15 10.5
2.5 lb jar 17 11.9
Quart jar 18.5 12.95
5 lb jar 40 28
8 ounce bear 5.5 3.85
12 ounce bear 7.5 5.25
2 ounce bear 3.5 2.45
Comb Honey   0
1 lb jar 10 7
2 lb jar 16 11.2
Pint jar 12 8.4
2.5 lb jar 17 11.9
Quart jar 20 14
1 lb box 10 7
Ross Round 10 7
Creamed Honey   0
8 ounce jar 8 5.6
1 lb jar 11 7.7
Bulk Wax lbs   0
  10 7
Pollen   0
8 ounce 10 7

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Kentucky appoints new state apiarist

From Tammy Horn

​Hi friends:

Some of you have been aware of some conversations taking place between Commissioner of Agriculture Comer and myself to fill the vacancy left in the State Apiarist position when Sean Burgess resigned, effective April 30th.

Although I recommended two highly-qualified people to the Commissioner, I was invited to submit my application, and I have accepted the position of State Apiarist, effective June 01, 2014.  

Because EKU will be hosting EAS this summer and an ongoing Steele-Reese grant, Commissioner Comer and EKU-CEDET have agreed to let me maintain my office at the university for the immediate future. 

My assistant Randy Rosbrook will maintain the responsibilities of Coal Country Beeworks for the immediate future.  He can be reached at (email in the URL).

My email will remain the same for the next four months.

I just wanted to get ahead of the curve a bit by sharing the news that the press release will happen today and also to say, nothing much will change if you need to contact me.  I'm available at this same email address and my cell is still the best way to reach me.

I am looking forward to continuing the goals of both Sean Burgess and Phil Craft as well as working for all the KY beekeepers.  It's a privilege to serve.


Tammy Horn, president of EAS and KSBA