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Beekeeping is an increasingly popular, enjoyable, and deliciously rewarding hobby. As a local association, we offer you some advice on how to continue and get started in 2020. 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.

NEKBA Funday 2020 Update: Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers' Association is cancelling it’s annual Bee Funday event for June 6, 2020.  It is uncertain if the progression of the virus would allow for large groups to gather and that venues would be available. The decision was made to look ahead to June 5, 2021. Thank you for your understanding and support.  See you in 2021!      Updated March 21, 2020

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welcome beekeepers

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

Next General Meeting   Monday, December 14, 2020 (7 p.m.).  

Join Us for a ZOOM Meeting. These are Stay-at-Home Bee Meetings using your computer or mobile devices.

Never used Zoom before? Go to for information on how to use. 


December's Zoom invitation will also be posted and in the Kansas Beekeeping Calendar (see above) 48 hours in advance of the meeting. We send an invitation via email to all current NEKBA members. 

Thanks for joining joining us. If you missed any Zoom meetings or videos, 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!

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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.


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

Use the links to subscribe directly and on-line...annual subscription rates average to just $2.08 per month.

You need either or both of these monthly magazines to help keep up-to-date with beekeeping. Sign up!!!

Don't try to go it alone when fantastic information is right at your finger tips. As part of your beekeeping experience, it's important to be up-to-date with the trends in biology, honey processing, and so much more! The club newsletter and monthly meetings, classes, and events supplement each other.

We all need a little extra help in keeping our bees alive. Subscribe or re-subscribe. 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 or through the association (association discount on ABJ only). 

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.

The Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Association has a more than 72 year legacy of supporting beekeeping from 1948 through 2020. Learn more about us.  2018 was our Platinum Jubilee !!! 

NEKBA “Let’s Talk Bees” Zoom Meeting.  An opportunity for Q&A discussion and to keep in touch.
You have questions.  We have answers!  Join us Monday, December 7, 2020 @ 7:00 PM for our 8th Q&A session about our bees.  Please submit questions at anytime via email to:  During the meeting, ask questions by typing them in the Zoom Chat Box.  Robert Burns will be posing the questions to our experienced officer panel.  Join in the conversation, “Let’s Talk Bees”.  

See you Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7:00PM.    --- Find the zoom link when available or check the calendar for Zoom information. Never used Zoom before? Download the Zoom App and watch from your PC, smart phone, or tablet. Go to for information on how to use.

Look for our NEKBA YouTube video listing.

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2021 kansas honey producers March 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. Meeting October 23, 2020 (Friday - only)Organizers are busy planning.We will have some 'work shop' presentations. See you there after another exciting beekeeping harvesting year!  (KHPA link). One full DAY of bee topics and education.

Our most recent NEKBA newsletter ...November 2020 'Buzzer' & "What's Blooming-November 2020"    Club meetings are being presented via Zoom in lieu of meeting in person. Join, re-new, or register on-line via PayPal.  NEKBA 2020/21 Membership - form to view and print.

SINCE 1948    2018 was our 70th or

                            our Platinum Jubilee!


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.

BEE class 2021

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

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

2020 Mentoring at the hives - DONE FOR 2020!


On the second Monday of the month, beginning on April 13th at 6 pm, Joli Winer and Cecil Sweeney will hold mentoring classes at their home located at 19201 S Clare Rd. Spring Hill KS, 66083. During these classes, beekeepers can go through hives with them and talk about any issues they may be having. Their goal is to make sure that everyone can see eggs, larva, queens and the various stages of brood. Please bring your beekeeping suits and let them know you are coming. (Call or text) 913-593-3562 or email The cost is $10 per person with the money going to the youth scholarship and military mentorship program. Veterans are exempt from paying a fee. Additional Monday dates are: May 11, June 8th, July 13th, August 10th and September 14th, 2020.

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. (Page Link)​  Download and save the calculator for future reference.

Just Getting started?

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 .pdf2020 or .xlsx2020) Use this information to keep track of the equipment you'll need. 

Our state affiliate, The Kansas Honey Producers' (Kansas State Beekeepers') Assoc and their newsletter August 2020 "Cappings"  (3rd Quarterly).  Reduced Meeting Rate!!

                                                          What color spectrum do bees see? Look below...