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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

(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!

MEMBERSHIP Renewal TIME for 2024

Is your membership Current? 

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.

We do our best to give all members advance notification before expiring memberships.

THANK YOU for your interest and support throughout the years!

Handouts: Elderberry Jelly Recipe  October 2022 presentation by  Robert Burns

Handouts: Propolis for Personal Use

December 2022 presentation by  EAS Cindy Hodges

welcome beekeepers

2024 Bee FunDay(link) is open for sign-up. Bigger and always better!

We have reduced our registration price to pre-COVID! Check out the newsletter, FB, and the website page for more information...

Bee Funday 2024 ! Saturday, June 1, 2024
Beginning, Intermediate, & Advanced Beekeeper's program for people interested in the wonderful world of bees & beekeeping. This is a great way to learn more about beekeeping and meet talented, "seasoned" beekeepers that are known and recognized at the local, regional, national, and even international levels.

Saturday, June 1st, 2024 Registration: 7:45-8:45am, Programs until 5:00pm, BBQ dinner 5:30pm
Where: Douglas County Fairgrounds 2110 Harper 2 blocks north of K-10 / 23rd Street

Sign up anytime but get registrations in by May 28th for the regular rate; includes lunch & honey ice-cream. Don't forget the evening BBQ dinner, too. Details on the Bee FunDay(link) web page.  Print & mail registration available, too.  Our last big educational event of the year.     ( posted 05Apr2024)

 2024 Bee FunDay Schedule - as-of May 16, 2024. Copies will be available at the event registration. 

2024 Bee FunDay Program - please read the program for vendor & speaker details. 

Next monthly meeting is Monday,  May 20, 2024 7pm in-person! ...

Check the May 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 77th Anniversary Year ... since 1948

May 20, 2024 7pm meeting in-person in Lawrence, Kansas

April's MAIN PROGRAM:   Swarm Trapping - Utilizing local genetics to grow your apiary presented by Noah Summers.  

The swarming season is coming here. This will be a great presentation as well as perfect timing for what’s coming up.​.

Beekeeping can be a life-long endeavor.  We hope you'll continue to stay with us for all the benefits. Maintaining your membership & financial support is easy. Online: Use the PayPal option prompt.

By Mail: print and mail using the 2024 Membership Form.  Thank you!

NEKBA Registration Options 2024
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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

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 2023 - September 8-17, 2023 - see you in 2024.

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 (link). We depend on volunteers. The fair dates are September 8 - 17, 2023 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!

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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 (below) for events, memberships, magazines, 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.

Special KHPA Series:  Extracting More $$$ from your Hives

Extracting More $$$ from your Hives- these new, Free, Value-Added programs will be presented on the 3rd Thursday of each month.  It is being sponsored by the Kansas Honey Producers Association.  To register for this FREE presentation, use the link below.  You will get an invitation link for the live presentation sent to you by email. ​ Please register in advance for this free meeting: (Link). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Program: When do you need a certified kitchen? What to do to get one and Legal Labels- weights and measures- Maybe a longer meeting to include getting product development help from K-State?


LEARN, SUPPORT, subscribe

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. The fair dates are September 8 - 17, 2023 in Hutchinson, Kansas. See you at the fair!

Our most recent NEKBA newsletter ... 2024 May "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 will be our 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.

Link to Bee FunDay page -

Join us for an entire day for bees !

Saturday June 1, 2024!

Monday, May 20th, meeting in-person in Lawrence, KS See April newsletter for details (pending) theMay 2024 "Buzzer" newsletter

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 2023. 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.