​​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.

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

in person meeting -  november 4 & 5, 2022.

​REGISTER TODAY.


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

(free information & handout)

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.  (free information & handout)

​Where:   Salina, Kansas

        Fall Conference:  November 4 & 5, 2022

 

Register via PayPal or use the form in the Program Details. Call to make hotel reservations by 14 October 2022. Please call 1-785-309-1300 to speak with someone in Reservations, code KHP or mention the association. 


Don't miss the in-person Fall (November) 2022 Conference!

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

Welcome to BeeCheck™

BeeCheck is a voluntary communication tool that enables beekeepers and pesticide applicators to work together to protect apiaries through use of the BeeCheck mapping program. It is not a substitute for any state regulatory requirements.


​It is free to create an account on Beecheck.org and register (define) all of your Kansas ' bee yard locations.  

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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 next Fall Conference is Friday & Saturday, 4&5 November 2022. 

Meeting location:  Courtyard by Marriott Salina, KS.  Please make your reservations before 14 October 2022 by calling 785-309-1300.

​Everything is up-to-date in Salina!!

 

From Greg Swob, Program Director about the Fall 2022 Conference Program.  FALL (November) 2022 Program & Agenda.

(updated 28 October 2022)  

2022 November 4&5 Meeting Selection(s)
(yes/no)ok to email newsletter

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 21, 2022. 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 early September 2022       Kristi Sanderson

Beecheck map for Kansas 2022

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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  

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. 

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."  

 ​​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

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

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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.

2022 November 4&5 Meeting Selection(s)
(yes/no)ok to email newsletter

Richard Wieske started beekeeping nearly 22 years ago as a hobby. He now operates it as a business along with co-owner and wife, Joan Mandell, called Green Toe Gardens in the Detroit, Michigan area. Richard and Joan have been speakers  at the Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers' Fun Day event. They manage 100+ colonies among many urban farm locations in the Detroit area. Richard is a film-maker and has made documentaries and commercials about beekeeping. 

Together, Rich and Joan sell products from their beekeeping adventure on-line and at several farmers markets on the weekends. Richard is an advocate of Apitherapy, using products from propolis, pollen, beeswax. He also uses bee stings on himself for relief of his own arthritic pain.

Join us for September's program.  

Our most current newsletter  (October 4th 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.

The next program is:

 

Thursday, November 17, 7pm  "Holiday Gift Ideas- Making Beeswax Wraps, Making Honey Caramels, Making Hot Honey and Making Honey Butter". 

 

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: 17 November 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.

 

Next: 
Thursday, 15 December 2022 TBA

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. 

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. 

Our most current newsletter 4th Quarter (October) 2022 edition "The Cappings" is available.

Find the recordings of these sessions on the Archives page.

Elderberry Jelly Recipe ~

KHPA October 2022 from Robert Burns' presentation October 20, 2022 

(free information & handout)

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.

Fall 2022 KHPA met again at the Marriott Courtyard in Salina (where we were last March & 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’

The main event begins Friday, November 4, 2022, at 8:45 AM concludes the following afternoon. Our actual timeline of presentations is still in the working stages, but we have a great lineup of presenters and topics. The following is a list of most who will be speaking and their topics, with more to follow as we get closer to the Big Event. In addition to networking and camaraderie, the following speakers and topics should entice you to attend.

Katie Lee, PHD of the University of Minnesota will bring us 3 presentations. She will speak on: Do Healthy Queens Lead to Healthy Colonies? * Un of Minnesota Bee Lab updates * Varroa Biology & Management. Katie and I were both presenters at Colorado State Beekeepers Assn Summer Bee College a few years ago. I can personally attest that her energy and knowledge are great assets which you will enjoy.

Randy Oliver, Scientific Beekeeping (via Zoom): The Latest in the World of Varroa Mite Control. We enjoyed Randy at our 2017 Spring KHPA conference and he is an incredible asset to the industry. Due to conflict, he cannot join us in person but will present by Zoom.

Gerrett Morris, Rolling Hills Zoo Horticulture Director/ KHPA member: Trees as Pollen/Nectar Sources. Garrett is one of our own and has blended beekeeping into the zoo which has become a favorite stop for visitors.


​​The results are in!  2022 Kansas State Fair - Kansas Honey Producers Assn winners! Judging has taken place and the results checked and verified and available in PDF format for downloading. Thank you to everyone who participated and made this event so great for 2022.  HONEY SHOW & SWEEPSTAKES RESULTS (link).

KHPA - 2022 State Fair Volunteers  - We couldn't do it without you.  


​​Register as a 2022 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.