The Honey Bee - the official State Insect of Kansas since 1976.

Spring 2022 KHPA will meet again at the Marriott Courtyard in Salina (where we were last November). Still filling some speaker spots. We will have a full agenda and presenters!  Watch for the "Cappings" soon as a rough draft for the spring conference.

The following are ‘in stone’

Gary Reuter – Un. Of Minnesota will present, but via distance (Zoom) due to conflicts.  
Dean Krehbiel USDA Farm Service Salina office will present on Programs for Pollinator Plantings Available Through USDA.
Jim Kellie will host Home-made and Handy- highlighting items they’ve invented, modified for making bee work easier
Nikki Bowman - Splitting Hives
Ebony Murrell – Land Institute (environmental agriculture think-tank and research association at Salina)  Honey Production & Native Bee Conservation Potential of Perennial Grains: Silflower and Sainfoin

Greg Swob- Placing Hives to Work With Nature (beware of Derechos)
...and several more are still in the works.

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.

2022 March 4&5 Meeting Selection(s)
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Notes on correct fill level: 

The correct fill level on a “Queen-line” or “Classic” style honey jar is at the top of the fill ring of each jar. The fill ring is the raised ridge or ring of glass immediately herein the shoulder of the jar, and herein the closure threads. It can be distinguished from the threads in two ways: a) the fill ring forms a complete circle, without ends; and b) the fill ring will be completely parallel with the bottom and top of the jar.


There should be enough honey in the jar to reach the top of the fill ring, without going over. . Liquid honey in a circular shape forms a concave surface sometimes referred to as a meniscus.


For purposes of filling jars containing liquid honey (including chunk comb entries) for exhibition, the edge of the meniscus should meet the top of the fill ring. Jars of creamed honey should be filled to the top edge of the fill ring. A jar of honey being over-filled is preferable to one being under-filled. 

Did you know?  The honey bee is the State Insect of Kansas. Kansas designated the honey bee as official state insect in 1976 in response to a petition signed by over 2000 Kansas school children to make the honey bee the state insect. A quote from Kansas House Bill 2236; "... The honey bee is like all Kansan's in that it is proud; only fights in defense of something it cherishes; is a friendly bundle of energy; is always helping others throughout its lifetime; is a strong, hard worker with limitless abilities; and is a mirror of virtue, triumph and glory;... The honey bee, by making its honey, gives not only to Kansans but also to all the world's peoples a gift which is sweet and wholesome, something which all Kansans strive to emulate in other ways."  

Welcome.  Become a supporting member, register for a meeting, or renew a membership.  Review the KHPA Membership Form for details and to print and mail.    Or use the convenience of PayPal to sign-up or renew. 

The Traditional 2022 Kansas State Fair is on! 

For more information and planning for 2022, visit the Kansas State Fair on-line.

The 2022 Kansas State Fair is returning again.  

The 2022 fair runs September 9 to 18. We start setting up on the 7th. See you in Hutchinson KS at the fair.


Signup genius (link) is current as-of July 19, 2021. If you have used this app in the past to sign up to volunteer you will be sent an email when it goes live. If you are new, create an account, and look for the signup “2022 Kansas State Fair” or you can look for it by the creator's email which is sandersonk09@gmail.com. It’s not password protected, so don’t pay attention if it asks for a password.


If you would prefer you can always contact me at 913-768-4961 by phone or text and I will help you sign up for the date and time you wish to volunteer.

Thank you and see you in Hutchinson in September 2022       Kristi Sanderson

Kansas Honey Producers Association is a not-for-profit IRC 501(c)5 agricultural-educational organization.

Liquid Foaming Soap written instructions and Honey Shampoo from Robin Kolterman's presentation October 15, 2021. 

​Where:   Salina, Kansas

       ​ Spring Conference:  March 4 & 5, 2022

 

Register via PayPal or use the form in the Program Details (available NOW). Call to make hotel reservations by 11 February 2022. Please call 785-309-1300, code KHP or mention the association. 


Don't miss the in-person Spring 2022 Conference!

This event will not be via Zoom, however some of the presentors will be by Zoom.

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Welcome to the Kansas Honey Producers Association   or just "KHPA" for short ....

​​Buy Local Honey  .... Buy Kansas State Honey  ...  Know your Beekeeper ....

 ​​The Kansas Honey Producers' Association               (from 1903 to 1981 aka: Kansas State Beekeepers' Assn)

​​ ​   Support Kansas' Beekeeping with your membership. We hold meetings twice annually through out the state with great speakers and presentations while publishing a quarterly newsletter. In addition, we have established apiaries through out the state, using our apiary products to demonstrate and sell to the public at the Kansas State Fair, held annually in Hutchinson, KS in September. The fair gives us an opportunity to promote Kansas' honey and beekeeping. We have supported a scholarship/grant program for nearly 18 years in which we have donated bees, expertise, wooden-ware, and other supplies in the support of teaching beekeeping around the state. We are a diverse group people, keeping bees as hobbyists as well as on a commercial level. We look forward to meeting you.                                                                                                Email: info@kansashoneyproducers.org

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. It's free and it's easy. Learn more information about the program. 

"Beautiful Beneficial Beeswax for Body & Home" ~ KHPA September 2021 from Becky Tipton's presentation September 16, 2021. 

​​Virtual Honey Show, October 21, 2020  6:00 pm  It was a fantastic event! View it here via YouTube.

We are working out the details of a virtual honey show, but you must be registered for the meeting to participate.  Watch the website for final details but here is the jest of it.  Ginny Mitchell, our state fair honey judge, has agreed to be the judge.  We are only going to have 4 categories:
 
1. Extracted honey-2 1 lb. glass Queenline or Classic jars

2. Creamed honey-2 straight sided glass jars 8-12 oz.

3. Beeswax block -1 – 1 lb.

4. Black Label-2 oz. in an opaque jar (minimum needed 2 oz. but not more than 8 oz.)
*Judged on taste only


 Judging by Ginny will be held on Wednesday night, October 21st via Zoom (the link will be made available to registered participants later), which will offer an additional learning experience.  Those who want to participate will be responsible for sending their entries to Ginny and they will need to be postmarked by October 9th.  Entries that you want returned, will need to include mailing instructions and money to send them back to you.  KHPA will not be responsible for entries damaged during shipping. Winners will be announced during the meeting on Friday, October 23rd. Prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st prize $20.00, 2nd Prize $15.00, and 3rd prize $10.  A $40 prize will go to the winner of the Black Label Honey. No additional awards will be given.   

Our organization was originally founded as the “Kansas State Bee Keepers” in 1903. Annual dues were $1.00.

Kristi Sanderson - holds the position of 2nd Vice President in charge of the KHPA booth at the Kansas State Fair. Kristi is a double master beekeeper (EAS & Midwest Master Beekeeper). She lives in Olathe Kansas and has been a beekeeper for more than 30 years.

​​​​​NEW:   Virtual Question & Answer Session-Monday, February 7, 2022, 7:00 pm.  (pending future date)

Join us for a Virtual Question and Answer Session. Send your questions to Robert Burns at any time.  During the session, you will also have an opportunity to ask questions through the chat room during the zoom meeting.  We plan to have members available to answer your questions.  If you do not get The Cappings by email but would like to be updated and get the Zoom meeting link by email, please email to request that you be notified.  Consider this your “practice” meeting so that you can make sure that you understand how to log in on zoom and how to use it!  

2022 March 4&5 Meeting Selection(s)
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Our most current newsletter  (January 1st Quarter 2022)  "The Cappings" is availableFor questions about membership or registration, you may contact us by email. We will assist with any issues you may have in this regard.  Thank you for your support.

At our bi-annual meetings, you will find lectures, hands-on workshops and discussions. These meetings are held for beekeepers with any level of skill, experience or ability.  Topics on introductory beekeeping tools and techniques, as well as learning opportunities for the more advanced beekeeper are available.

​​The Kansas Honey Producers'  Spring 2022 Meeting Conference. 

in person meeting -  march 4 & 5, 2022.

​​The next program is:


​Thursday, February 17th, Queen Rearing with Cheryl Burkhead

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 
When: February 17, 2022 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)  


Register in advance(required) for this free meeting: (Link) 

**After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Thursday, March 17th Selling at Farmers Markets and Craft shows- Stephanie Brown ​

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The in-person Spring Conference is Friday & Saturday, 4&5 March 2022.

Meeting location:  Courtyard by Marriott Salina, KS 

Pls call by

11 February 2022 to make your (block: KHP) reservation.


Our most current newsletter 1st Quarter (January) 2022 edition "The Cappings" is available.

Our Mission

*Conferences for members, featuring current research, beekeeping management techniques, etc.

*Encourage better beekeeping methodology
*Promote cooperation among the beekeepers of the state and nation
*Reach a common understanding regarding our problems and their solutions
*Maintain friendly and helpful relations among beekeeping advocates
*Develop markets for beekeeping products
*Foster closer cooperation among members of the KHPA
*Improve purposes relating to honey bees and beekeeping for our members and the general public  

KHPA - 2021 State Fair Volunteers  - We couldn't do it without you.  


​​Register as a 2021 volunteer by going to SignupGenius_(KHPAlink).   

As a way to promote honey bees and their products, each year we sponsor a booth at the Kansas State Fair.  Our booth at the fair is in the Pride of Kansas Building.  The 2022 fair runs from September 9 - 18, 2022.  

 

We rely on our membership to help man the booth, and would appreciate any time you have to offer. This is a wonderful time to interact with the general public.  Meet with the public and share your beekeeping knowledge.

Questions? Please contact 2nd VP, Kristi Sanderson via email. She'll get back with you asap.