Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers

AssOCIATIOn

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  • CLOSED! -last meet up was August 8th 
  • 2nd Monday of each month thru Aug 8th.
  • Apr 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8
  • 6:00PM Meet at Joli's & Cecil's house

  • Inspect a couple of different hives

  • Bring your own protection

  • Weather Permitting

  • 19201 S Clare Rd., Spring Hill KS 66083

  • call 913-856-8356 (closed for 2016)

  • or email joli@heartlandhoney.com

  • $10 donation to NEKBA Scholarship Fd

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Leavenworth County Fair 2016

It was great having you come see our NEKBA Leavenworth County Beekeepers in action as they demonstrated extracting and selling honey directly at the grounds inside with A/C, of course! The 2016 fair was from Tuesday thru Saturday, July 26th thru July 30th, at the fairgrounds in Tonganoxie, Kansas  405 W 4th St, Tonganoxie, KS 66086   (more LVCO info)  (FB page)

Johnson County Fair 2016

Fair is always a family event- even watching livestock! Monday, August 1st thru Saturday, August 6th, 2016. Thanks for visiting our beekeeping booth! It was a warm (hot) few days in August. (more JOCO info)  "Blue Jeans & Country Dreams" is the 2016 JOCO Fair theme.  (FB page)

Small Hive Beetle(s)  ...  While we are still learning how best to deal with this new problem in our geographical area, these links have been provided for more information that should be of interest to our members. You can also find more informative information from our presentations page (link).

  1. Handbook of Small Hive Beetle from Clemson Cooperative Extension (.pdf download 1.9MB)
  2. ​Managing Small Hive Beetles, Jon Zawislak, Univ. of Arkansas, Div. of Ag.  (.pdf download 424KB)
  3. Small Hive Beetle: A Potential Pest in Honey Bee Colonies in Oregon, Dr. Dewy Caron, et al (.pdf download 835KB)
  4.  MAAREC Small Hive Beetle Fact Sheet-Revised 2015 (.pdf download 379KB)​​​​



welcome beekeepers

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

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Upcoming Events

​​​​​​​​Upon finalization of your PayPal transaction, you should get a PayPal confirmation email. An email is also sent to the Treasurer, which will be used as your registration. No  paperwork needs to be completed sent. Have any questions, you may email. We'll respond as soon as possible. Thank you for your support! 

Bee Funday 2017 !  Our 2nd big educational event of the year!   STAY TUNED (UPDATING MARCH 2017)

We had 376 actual registrations with over 362 people in attendance. Thank you to our vendors and members for the items to donate as well as your contributions to the entire event.   We had bee fun! Stay tuned for next year.

Bee Class will be 5TH & 12TH of March 2017. Bee Funday will be Saturday, June 3, 2017.

!! 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. (Page Link)​  Downlaod and save the calculator for future reference. Working on an update for a 1:2 ratio.

Getting started?

What equipment should I get? How much does it cost in 2017?  Here is an idea for items to get you started for the 1st year. (download .pdf or  .xlsx)

NEKBA is your Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers' Association.

We welcome you to explore 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. Thank you for visiting and we hope you'll come back soon.

BEEKEEPING CLASS 2017     (2-part sessions)

WHEN: Sundays,  March 5th and March 12th  |  12 PM– 5 p.m.

WHERE: Douglas County Fairgrounds | Lawrence, Kansas 

REGISTRATION is OPEN: Use the PayPal option to register on-line

(below) or review, print, and mail the 2017 information/registration form

(download).  Topics are subject to change as the board meets to decide on

possible improvements. Organizers are still busy with details. 



2 days of Honey Bee School    Sundays    March 5th (session I) & March 12th (session II)




WE CAN HELP YOU GET STARTED IN KEEPING HONEY BEES  
As a local association, we've been around for a while...since 1948!  

People are keeping bees in the city, suburbs, as well as in the country!  We make beekeeping fun and interesting.  We share ideas on best practices - keeping your bees alive, ways to collect and harvest honey, process bees wax, market your products.   We have always been BIG on honey bee education and sharing ideas.

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We share ideas on what to do with your honey, beeswax, and how to best present your products. We have members of all ages and levels--new hobbyist to professional. Our monthly meetings are open, and there's no pressure to join. Also, check out our Calendar page.  Organizers are busy getting details together for 2017.  

The association connects you with other beekeepers, and supports a common effort to promote and protect bees, and the beekeeping industry, of which we are all a part.  

Join the effort.  It’s worth it. You are making an investment with many returns.

The Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Association has a more than 66-year legacy of supporting beekeeping in the Mid-West. Learn more about us

We know there are beekeepers in other counties like Miami, Douglas, Dickinson, Shawnee and more that may want to go in as a group and represent the association in providing education and interest in honey and other bee products. Let us know how we can help you in this endeavor for 2017. 

We use PayPal with an integrated shopping cart system due to it's easy use. Most of our members are familiar with PayPal. We hope you find it simple and convenient. If you experience any issues or would like to leave a comment, please contact us by ​email: beekeepers@NEKBA.org    Your feedback is appreciated.   Thank you!

Attention: Varroa Mites will kill your colony more than any other problem!. Yes, it's that important to test and know your mite load. A simple powdered-sugar roll will let you know. The U of MN supported Bee Squad has an excellent way to test your mite load using the powdered sugar roll method.  All the equipment you need for a complete testing kit. Get it today! University of Minnesota Bee Squad.  Varroa Mite Testing Kit (click site link).                     


Great news! Here's the article from the March 2016 Bee Culture  Oxalic Acid Sublimation. You might agree with the authors of this study that this is the best practical tactic for mite control.


Here's a the most updated version of the guide "Tools for Varroa Management" (3rd Edition - February 16, 2016) by The Honey Bee Health Coalition.  Be vigilant in mite detection and keeping our colonies healthy from this tick-like problems. 


As quoted by Kim Flottum, Editor of Bee Culture magazine from August 2016 issue:              "It's August. Fall's here. It's time to take care of the bees that take care of the bees that go in to winter....Enjoy the bees, and enjoy the life they give you."  (page 90).

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Contact US by ​email: beekeepers@NEKBA.org

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  2. NEW! We've added a calendar pagefor the meetings and events, andweather360.
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2017 Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, Kansas   SAVE THE DATES!   Sept 8th thru 17th

SIGN UP! using SignupGenius (currently not applicable until later). We depend on volunteers to help promote our state's most beneficial insect and products as well as education and dealing directly with the fair public.  Want to learn how to market honey? Come join us in Hutchinson. The 2017 Kansas State Fair runs from September 8 thru September 17, 2016, Friday thru Sunday.

That's a long stretch. So, treat yourself to a little vacation.

GOOD FELLOWSHIP & GOOD BEEKEEPING

LEARN, SUPPORT, subscribe

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

2017 kansas honey producers SPRING meeting! 

Joins us for a 2-day bee conference for all levels and commercial as well as hobbyist. Meeting March 4th and 5th, 2017 in Topeka, KS (Friday & Saturday).

See our February 2017 NewsletterOrganizers are busy planning.

Details will be announced here when available.

2017 Kansas Honey Producers (State Beekeeping Group) Meeting March 10th & 11th, 2017 

KHPA 2017 Kansas Honey Producers Meeting Information  Friday and Saturday March 10th & 11th 2017  Ramada Inn 420 SE 6th St., Topeka KS 66607O 

Our main guest is Dr. Keith Delaplane from The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences where he is a professor and Walter B. Hill Fellow and Honey Bee Program Director.  Meeting Agenda & Registration from (download) or use PayPal on their site.

2017 Kaw Valley Seed Sale   Saturday,    February 11, 2017 

8th Annual fair. The Seed Fair features a seed exchange, educational exhibits and a raffle for various gardening-related prizes. The annual fair, which has drawn 1,200 visitors the past three years, is expected to include more than 40 exhibitors offering educational information, gardening products and local farm products. For more information, find their event on FB.

Our most recent NEKBAnewsletter ...​  February 2017 "Buzzer" (download)

SINCE 1948

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.

NEKBA Honey Extractor Rental Program  CLOSED UNTIL JULY 2017
Need to extract your honey? You can rent the club's radial & motorized honey extractor for a nominal $30 fee, available to current and active association members. Please read the Rules & Info and review the reservation list (as-of 9-23-2016) for openings. Send a reservation request via email to: beekeepers@nekba.org. We'll get back to you asap.  2-day rental limit. The extractor holds 6 medium (Illinois-sized super) frames only - sorry no larger frame sizes.

mentorship  Pending 2017

NEKBA Newsletter & Document Archive (newsletter page link)  

BEE FUNDAY 2016

Thanks for supporting the annual FunDay-full of demos, classes, speakers, lunch, and honey ice-cream -everything to do with honey, bees, and more ! See you in 2017.

Other interests for ALL beekeepers