Bee Organizations and Conferences

By Howland Blackiston

Here are some favorite national and international beekeeping associations. Joining one or two of these is a great idea because their newsletters alone are worth the price of membership (dues are usually modest). Most of these organizations sponsor meetings and conferences. Attending one of these meetings is a fantastic way to learn about new tricks, find new equipment, and meet some mighty nice people with similar interests.

American Apitherapy Society

This nonprofit organization researches and promotes the benefits of using honey-bee products for medical use. A journal is published by the society four times a year. Once a year, AAS organizes a certification course.

Phone 631-470-9446

American Beekeeping Federation

This nonprofit organization plays host to a large beekeeping conference and trade show each year. The meetings are worth attending because they include a plethora of interesting presentations on honey bees and beekeeping. By all means join this organization to take advantage of its bimonthly newsletter. The organization’s primary missions are benefiting commercial beekeepers and promoting the benefits of beekeeping to the general public.

3525 Piedmont Rd.

Bldg. 5, Ste. 300

Atlanta, GA 30305

Phone 404-760-2875

Email info@abfnet.org

American Honey Producers

American Honey Producers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the common interest and general welfare of the American honey producer. The handsome website provides the public and other fellow beekeepers with industry news, membership information, convention schedules, cooking tips, and other information.

P.O. Box 435

Mendon, UT 84325

Phone 281-900-9740

Email cassie@AHPAnet.com

Apiary Inspectors of America

The Apiary Inspectors of America is a nonprofit organization established to promote better beekeeping conditions in North America. Members of the Association, consisting of state apiarists, business representatives, and individual beekeepers, work collectively to establish more uniform and effective laws and methods for the suppression of honey-bee diseases, as well as a mutual understanding and cooperation between apiary inspection officials.

Apimondia: International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations

Apimondia is a huge international organization composed of national beekeeping associations from all over the world, representing more than 5 million members. The organization plays host to a large international conference and trade shows every other year.

Corso Vittorio Emanuele 101

I-00186 Roma

Italy

Phone +39 066852286

Fax +39 066852287

Eastern Apiculture Society

The Eastern Apiculture Society (EAS) was established in 1955 to promote honey-bee culture, the education of beekeepers, and excellence in bee research. Membership consists mostly of beekeepers east of the Mississippi River. Every summer, EAS conducts its annual conference in one of its 22 member states/provinces. The event is simply wonderful for a beekeeper. You can even take a comprehensive exam to become certified as an EAS “master beekeeper.” By all means, try to attend one of these weeklong adventures.

International Bee Research Association

Founded in 1949, the International Bee Research Association (IBRA) is a nonprofit organization with members in almost every country in the world. Its mission is to increase awareness of the vital role of bees in agriculture and the natural environment. The organization is based in the United Kingdom. IBRA publishes several journals and sponsors international beekeeping conferences.

91 Brinsea Rd.

Congresbury

Bristol

BS49 5JJ

United Kingdom

Phone 00 44 (0) 29 2037 2409

Email mail@ibra.org.uk

USDA Agricultural Research Service

Known as Beltsville in the bee world, the Bee Research Laboratory is a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is a good agency to know about. After all, if you’re an American, your tax dollars are paying for it! The mission of the Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville is to conduct research on the biology and control of honey-bee parasites, diseases, and pests to ensure an adequate supply of bees for pollination and honey production. The list of scientists who have worked at Beltsville in the past reads like a “Who’s Who of American Beekeeping Research.” If you ever need to (let’s hope not), you can send samples of your sick bees to the lab for analysis. The lab also is consulted when there’s a question about whether a colony is Africanized.

Bee Research Laboratory

10300 Baltimore Ave.

Bldg. 306, Room 315, BARC-East

Beltsville, MD 20705

Phone 301-504-5143

The Western Apiculture Society

The Western Apicultural Society is a nonprofit, educational, beekeeping organization founded in 1978 for the benefit and enjoyment of all beekeepers in western North America.