Welcome to beekeeping!

Keeping honey bees can be a fascinating hobby with many benefits to you, your community, the planet, and the bees! Getting started can be summarized in a few steps:
Get educated; join a bee group; take some classes. Do some reading.  Find a location.  Decide on the type of equipment you want. Find a source for bees. Manage your hive.

Why beekeeping? It’s the back-to-nature hobby that has many people buzzing. Honey bees are an interesting and exciting social insect. Besides pollination, making honey for food, and beeswax, how bees live, work, and reproduce has intrigued humans since before recorded history.

Education is the most important step to successful beekeeping and will greatly increase your chances of enjoying a long and happy relationship with your bees. A bee class is invaluable for getting good basics. Even longtime beekeepers are sometimes challenged by new problems and are learning throughout their time with the bees.

The Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers’ Association has a great mixture of beginners, hobbyists, and well-seasoned beekeepers. There are so many different areas of knowledge that at first it can be daunting. Do not despair, and remember that there is more than one right way to do things. So, what are you waiting for?

Special Announcement:  Kansas Legislative Quick Action Needed:

Support re Kansas HB2720. Details on the Legislative page(link).   ( posted 18Feb2024; up-ated 26Apr2024)

NEKBA Newsletter & Document Archive (newsletter page link)  

BEE class 2024

We are building a knowledgeable beekeeping community through fellowship, classes, and events.  (bee class page)

NEKBA to print & mail Membership Form 2024 & NEKBA Benefits

Have you heard about our mentoring and Open Apiary programs? Thanks to generous funding through the Great Plains Master Beekeeping Program, we have been able to start an apiary in April of 2023 just outside of Lawrence, KS. GPMB and Open Apiary(link).   First 2024 Dates -April 6th & 7th!   Thank you for coming and see you soon!

Bee FEED SYRUP MIXING Calculator spreadsheet 

Trying to work out the sugar-to-water ratio (1:1 or 2:1) for feeding sugar syrup to your bees?  Here's a link to a spreadsheet calculator.​  Download and save the calculator for future reference. Did you know thatsugar syrup is the absolute best solution to feedyour bees?Sucrose (table sugar) is a 50/50 blend of fructose and glucose. 

Are you skillful with wood working? Want to make some of your own bee equipment?

Here's an article by Ed Simon from Bee Culture magazine

about building feeder stands for jar feeding.

Get a copy of Ed Simon’s book Bee Equipment Essentials, $20. (*Wicwas Press).  

Just Getting started in 2024?

What equipment should I get? How much does it cost??  

Here is an outline of items to get you started for the 1st year.(download .pdf2024 or .xlsx2024) Use this information to keep track of the equipment you'll need. Also, check out our tips for feeding your bees!

Kansas Honey Producers Fair Booth - 2024 September 6-15th 

Thank you to all involved at the State Fair and Booth. We would sure love to have you! Help us at the KHPA Honey Booth. It's easy to schedule using  Sign-Up Genius 2024 (link). We depend on volunteers. The fair dates are September 6 - 15, 2024 in Hutchinson, Kansas. See you at the Kansas State Fair! More info on the link...

NEKBA is your Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers' Association.

Welcome, and thank you for exploring our site. Check out what's happening locally for beekeepers on our FB group site, what's going in our hives, and what's blooming in your backyards. Come back soon.

Honey production and pollination services increase significantly, and so does beekeeper enjoyment and honey bee health in general, by improving regional and independent beekeeping practices through better husbandry and recognition skills of diseases and pest problems as well as and better colony management.

Handouts: KHPAMaking Liquid Foaming Soap Instructions and Honey Shampooby  Robin Kolterman

Special Announcement:  2024 Open Apiary Inspection Sign-up

Various dates during the 2024 bee season. Details on the Open Apiary & GPMB page. ( posted 08Mar2024)

Our state affiliate, The Kansas Honey Producers' (Kansas State Beekeepers) Assoc and their newsletter April 2024 "Cappings"  (2nd Quarter 2024).                                                                  

Are you listed? Sign up here for BeeCheck (formerly DriftWatch). It's a free mapping program. Beekeepers and pesticide applicators need to work together to protect apiaries.

Questions re Shawnee North CC meetings? Pls email: Becky Tipton  Classes held 3rd Wednesday of each month: 6:30-8pm.  See you in 2024!

March 20, 2024

April 17, 2024

May 15, 2024

June 20, 2024

July 24, 2024

August 21, 2024

September 18, 2024

October 16, 2024 (last meet-up)

The Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Association has a more than 76-year legacy of supporting beekeeping from 1948 through 2024. Learn more about us.  2023 was our Diamond Jubilee !! 

2024 Membership and other Fees on-line via PayPal.

Beekeeping can be a life-long endeavor. We hope you'll continue to stay with us for all the benefits and enjoyment of getting out with nature. Membership and re-newal is easy Online: Use the PayPal option (above) to register and re-new. You have the option of using your own debit or credit card. One does not need to have a PayPal account. Try it out!  Or by Mail: print and mail using the

2024 Membership Form. We'll be letting you know when you are up for renewal. 

Thank you! Have a great bee-season for 2024!. 

​​​​​​Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Association

The Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Association is a 501(c)5 non-profit organization.

Use the NEKBA Registration Options drop-box for memberships, magazines, events, and more!  

Great Plains Master Beekeeping Program 
There is a new program for Best-management practice beekeeping. The program covers beekeepers in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Learn the benefits and reasons to join. To participate, one needs to join GPMB. It's free to begin and it's easy. Learn more information about the program. Up-coming GPMB events calendar.


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We offer region specific knowledge, and support for all levels. Join, renew, register, subscribe! more

2024 kansas honey producers Association FALL meeting!    (Kansas state beekeepers

 A monthly meeting is just not enough sometimes? 

Join us for our semi-annual bee conference for all levels and commercial as well as hobbyist. Next meeting - Friday & Saturday, November 8&9, 2024. Organizers are busy planning.We will have some 'work shop' presentations. Join us for another exciting beekeeping harvesting year!  (KHPA link). Two full DAYs of bee topics and education.  

The Kansas State Fair is coming up. We depend on volunteers. Please consider taking a shift or two with Sign-up Genius link 2024. The fair dates are September 6 - 15, 2024 in Hutchinson, Kansas. See you at the fair!

Our most recent NEKBA newsletter ... 2024 July "Buzzer".  

Join, re-new, or register on-line via PayPal.  

NEKBA 2024 Membership - form to view, print and mail.

You do not need to print, mail, or email this form, if you register via PayPal.

Yes! There are honey bee magazines for beekeepers! 

We all need a little extra help in keeping our bees going. Good beekeepers stay up-to-date with publications, meetings, and more!


Bee Culture Magazine (link)        American Bee Journal (link)

For annual subscription rates average of just $2.47 or $2.83 per month, this is fantastic information is right at your finger tips. It's important to keep up-to-date with the trends in biology, honey processing, and more!

Plenty of informative how-to articles, bee biology, and market up-dates. Regular contributors help you to learn to keep your bees healthy. Subscribe on-line (Bee Culture) or through the association (discount on ABJ only). Don't miss out! 

​Get the latest news.

SINCE 1948    

2024 is the association's 76th milestone year!​   EXPLORING THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF BEEKEEPING  TOGETHER

For honey bees and beekeepers, we give each season our best effort in making an indispensable contribution to our rich and healthy environment. It is not just because we have a special delicacy but due to our passion and responsibility to the world in which we all live.

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Link to Bee FunDay page -

Join us for an entire day for bees !

Saturday June 1, 2024!

Monday, July 15th, meeting via Zoom.  See July's newsletter for details theJuly 2024 "Buzzer" newsletter

MEMBERSHIP Renewal TIME for 2024

Is your membership Current? 

We do our best to give all members advance notification before expiring memberships.
THANK YOU for your interest and support throughout the years!

Electronic newsletters: Thank you for helping the environment and our labor resources! We make every attempt to notify our members of their expiring membership status on the newsletters and via email. If you do not receive any special notification in your email, then your membership is current and in good-standing. We do understand extenuating circumstances and financial difficulties. If you are have a situation and would like to continue, please contact the treasurer to make arrangements. 

Hard-copy newsletters: If you are receiving your newsletter via USPS, please check your mailing label. The year displayed after your name indicates the calendar year through which your membership is paid. For example “2023” indicates a membership paid through Dec. 31st 2023. A renewal would be necessary to participate in 2024 activities. We do our best to give you advance notification before expiring all memberships.

Handouts: Making Colorful Soaps

June 2024 Bee FunDay presentation by  Lisa Opitz

Handouts: Propolis for Personal Use

December 2022 presentation by  EAS Cindy Hodges


Special Announcement:  2024 Queen Rearing Workshop

2.5 Days on the dates of May 10,11,12, 2024. Details on the Workshop page(link).  ( posted 18Feb2024)

Handouts:  Beeswax Soap-Making  September 2021 by  Becky Tipton

(You will need Adobe Acrobat to view some documents. Please click on the link below to download a free copy.)


"What's New Section"  - see what's new!

Handouts: Elderberry Jelly Recipe  October 2022 presentation by  Robert Burns

Next monthly meeting is Monday,  July 15, 2024 7pm via Zoom ...

Check the July 2024 "Buzzer" newsletter!  

We have posted our most current Video Listing. Be sure to 'subscribe' to our YouTube channel for when we do go public with the files! Looking for KHPA "Value-added"?

NEKBA Registration Options 2024
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