Bluegrass Beekeepers Association

Beekeepers in the Bluegrass

Association Meeting Information

The Bluegrass Beekeepers meet monthly throughout the year excluding January and August. The meetings are the second Monday of each month and include an always fabulous potluck starting at 7:00 p.m. The meetings are held at the Fayette County Extension Office in Lexington, Kentucky.

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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

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

Kentucky is hosting the 2014 Eastern Apiculture Society Conference July 28 –August 1, 2014. This will be a very informative conference regarding the care of bees and concerns regarding the loss of bees.
The conference will be at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. The short course will be July 28, 29, 30. The conference will be July 30 thru August 1, 2014.  Register online at
Dorm rooms are available and going fast. For pictures of the dorms and more information about the conference and speakers, visit the EAS 2014 Facebook page.
Kentucky is a unique and beautiful state with much to see and do – something for everyone! We invite you to come early and stay late.

Student / Senior Essay and Poetry Contest Sponsored by the Capital City Beekeepers Association.

Student Art Contest Hosted by Wilsons Nurseries

entry forms and more info available at the following link

“Wings of Life” will be showing from 4pm.  at the Lexington Downtown Public Library, Feb. 22nd, 2013. 

This will be the menu for those people who want to join us at Azur after the “Wings of Life” Showing at the Downtown Public Library, Feb. 22nd, 2013.  The event is from 1-4, and we’ll head to the Azur restaurant (859 -296 -1007) at 5:00.  Anyone is welcome to join us, or make a reservation for later in the evening.

February 21st and 22nd
$45 per person
tax and tip not included
Wings of Life Pollinator Dinner
cast iron baked boone creek creamery bread cheese, sunflower and poppy seed crust, hot pepper creamed honey, hoe cakes and AZUR 2 year old country ham
fennel pollen dusted tangerine and saffron chowder with pickled fennel salad, coconut pillows tempura scallop and honey cured salmon
ham shank, braised in mead wine and crusted with pork crackling and honeycomb over white bean and venison sausage cassoulet with charred cauliflower blistered okra
classically unadorned baklava with bourbon honey ice cream and pecan honey
   for more information contact
  Tammy Horn,
Here’s a link to the broadcast.  Text below.

Florida’s citrus industry is having more problems. Growers are already plagued by crop diseases like canker and greening. Now, an effort to control greening has led to the deaths of millions of bees.

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Florida’s citrus industry has a new problem. It’s long wrestled with crop diseases like canker and greening. But the effort to halt greening has killed millions of bees, as growers have increased their use of pesticides.
And that, in turn, is straining relationships between citrus farmers and their longtime partners, beekeepers. Here’s Ashley Lopez of member station WGCU.
ASHLEY LOPEZ, BYLINE: Harold Curtis runs an 1,100-acre grove in southwest Florida. He walks through the rows of trees, packed full of plump, juicy oranges.
HAROLD CURTIS: This is all juice fruit. And this is a Hamlin, which will start being picked around the first of December.
LOPEZ: Growing oranges is hard work, and Curtis says it’s even harder these days. Citrus greening, which is caused by bacteria, has devastated his grove for a couple years now.
CURTIS: I mean, you can see, a lot of this fruit right here on the ground, that’s greening.
LOPEZ: As he talks, Curtis kicks around shrunken oranges. Greening makes the fruit ripen quickly and fall before they’re grown. It can also kill the tree. Curtis says the only way to save his grove is to spray pesticides to kill off insects called psyllids that spread the greening.
CURTIS: Before you had all these greening problems and canker problems, you know, you were probably spraying maybe three times a year, where now some of these people are spraying 10 times a year.
LOPEZ: This year, the state of Florida fined a big grower $1,500 after the overuse of a pesticide killed millions of bees. The incident strained the relationship between citrus growers and beekeepers. Beekeepers from all over country put their hives in orange groves during winter to keep their bees alive. The bees, in turn, also help pollinate the trees. They also produce the popular orange blossom honey.
Ron Hamel of the Gulf Citrus Growers Association says the industry needs bees and the bees need the trees.
RON HAMEL: They are still very important and the industry looks at them as working symbiotically with the growers to live together in that grove environment.
LOPEZ: In an effort to ensure there isn’t another bee-killing incident, Florida officials have told both industries to coordinate better. Like citrus, pollination is big business. Keith Councell is president of Florida’s Beekeepers Association. He says their organization is concerned.
KEITH COUNCELL: We’re losing bees faster than we can replace them. So if we have to move our bees away from the citrus groves for a while until they can correct this problem, that’s what we are going to do.
LOPEZ: Florida is the nation’s largest citrus producer, worth at least $9 billion annually. By some estimates, greening has cost the state’s growers almost a billion dollars and the bee deaths just make the problem worse.
LOPEZ: Rene Pratt runs a honey store in the city of LaBelle, surrounded by orange groves. Pratt says she’s one of a few commercial beekeepers still in the area. She and other beekeepers have had a tough couple of years.
RENE PRATT: Like everything else, we have to overcome it and we have to work together. And we’ve been very fortunate with our growers that we have worked and have a good relationship with them. But they have to take care of their fruit and vegetables, and we have to take care of our honeybees.
LOPEZ: Several weeks ago, Florida’s Agriculture chief, Adam Putnam, sat down with business leaders from both industries. He said preserving the relationship between citrus and beekeepers is one of his biggest priorities.

For NPR News, I’m Ashley Lopez in Fort Myers.

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