"Good Beekeeping and Good Fellowship"

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.

Members join for the benefits. We offer region specific knowledge and support for all levels. Become a member, register for events, renew, subscribe to the monthly bee magazines from our membership page.  Looking for a 2016 bee class?

See you at our next meeting
 in Lawrence, KS, on Monday, October 19, 2015 - "Making plans for 2016 & Evaluating your Hives."  Here are some tips from Cecil's Fall Management presentation.

Kansas Honey Producers Association (KHPA) 
2 full days of beekeeping related lectures! KHPA (state affiliation) details for our fall 2015 meeting that will be October 30 and 31, 2015 (Friday, Saturday) in McPherson, KS. Details are in the September 2015 "Buzzer". In addition, attached is the KHPA newsletter. Consider coming to this meeting or joining. Hotel reservation deadline October 8th. $35 early registration fee until October 23rd. $55 registration starting October 24 and at the door. See you there!

KHPA State Fair Volunteers September 2015
A big 'thank you' from Kristi Sanderson for another successful Kansas State Fair.  Come to the KHPA meeting in October to hear her report.

Robbing and How to Manage
As a point of interest as to why we do not let bees clean out our extracting equipment and open honey supers, here is good information on robbing and how to manage the situation.

Varroa Mite Testing Kit 
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! 

NEKBA 2015 June Bee Funday

Thank you to all the 315+ attendees for making it such another fun event. Save June 4th 2016 as the date!

NEKBA Honey Extractor Rental Program
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 for openings. Send a reservation request via the Contact Us. We'll get back to you asap.

Lose your bee colony over the winter?
Read our tips on what to do with your dead-out.

Monthly Bee Periodicals
As a beekeeper, one of the best things to do for yourself and your bees is subscribe to the monthly bee magazines American Bee Journal and Bee Culture.  Get them in print or web additions to your smart phone, iPad, or tablet.

Proposed National Definition of Honey
The new Farm Bill, Food Safety, and Honey. Read it here what the definition of honey article that's being talked about!

NEKBA Bee Fun Day 2016

Save the Date! Saturday June 4th 2016! 
Jamie Ellis will be our  keynote speaker! See you in Lawrence, KS! What is our BeeFun Day?

From 2014's featured guest speaker & author, professor, biologist, Dr. Tom Seeley,:
Let the bees show you that with the right organization, democratic groups can be remarkably intelligent, even smarter than the smartest individuals in them."Tom Seeley is professor of biology aCornell University(Ithaca, NY) and a passionate beekeeper.

NEKBA Newsletter 
Help us to save resources. Sign-up to get the monthly newsletter sent to you via email. Get it in color, and quickly! Use the Contact Us  or sign up at the monthly meeting to get on the list

(Last updated 09/22/2015)

Greetings from the Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers' Association! We hope you find your visit enjoyable and educational.
For more information or questions about the club, please contact any of our club officers or use the Contact Us page and we'll get back to you!

Our purpose: to promote knowledge in modern beekeeping and improve marketing conditions.

Top Bar Hive Beekeeping?
Thinking about Top-Bar Hive (TBH) beekeeping? While there is some interest in TBH (Tanzanian, Kenyan, Warré), the NEKBA Board does not recommend it. Here are some points to review. 

NEKBA Meetings

We are always happy to have new members join us for good beekeeping and good fellowship. Our meetings are regular and monthly.

NEKBA Financial Information

We raised $1,108.00 from December's annual meeting and auction. 100% of the auction proceeds are dedicated to the Scholarship Fund.  
Thank you! With the generous funding from the association supporters, we are able to sponsor a teenager and their family an opportunity to experience and learn beekeeping in Kansas.
Treasurer Reports
2014 has been another great year for accomplishing the goals of the association. We could not do it without membership support and the  generosity of many volunteers. Thank you!

December 2014 & YTD  
December 2013 & YTD


NEKBA Reading Interest
It's fall. Are you and the colony ready for winter? Here's a great article from Kelley's on 
"Putting Your Bees to Bed for Winter".
A good read for the season.

NEKBA Presentations
See some of our past NEKBA presentations at the bottom of our Funday page. Topics include Biology, Honey Production, Diseases, and much more. Have a look! (click on the FUNDAY link and go to the bottom).

Association Documents Our 

NEKBA Constitution and By-Laws
*One of our committee projects for 2015/2016 will be to review and revise our association Constitution and By-laws.  Things change, and our guidelines should change as well to keep up with the times. Stay tuned for other association legacy and archive documents to be accessible here in the future.

Healthy Tips for Healthy Living Direct from the Bees

  • The Bees are going to do what they do. Sometimes you have to let nature take its course You're just here on earth to offer a little help.
  • Think before you act. Slow, calm movements keep the bees charmed.
  • Bees sense your fear -- even more than dogs do!  Send bees love. When faced with the choice of fear or love, always choose love.
  • To everything there is a season. The bees rest in winter, renew in the spring, and work all summer when nectar is easily available.
  • A hive is a marvelous miracle of nature -- all creatures work together for a common purpose. Cooperation is far more important than being right or getting credit.

-- from Mary Janes Farm Magazine February/March 2009

A respected commentary on Top Bar Hive (TBH) Beekeeping:


From our April 2012 Bee Buzzer,  here is Dr. Chip Taylor's response to an inquiry from a beekeeper in Atchison, KS about top-bar hive (TBH) beekeeping. 

Dr. Chip Taylor replies:  

"I've worked with top bar in the tropics - marginal even there. Certainly not a way to produce honey or effectively manage bees. These hives are only slightly better than the wooden butterfly hibernation houses. In the latter case, the wood should be reused to make bat houses. Carol: Top-bar hives are the rage but are inappropriate for use at this latitude. Bees do not overwinter well in hives with this design. Standard beekeeping equipment is designed to allow bees to store honey and move up the way they do in natural nests.

It sounds like you don't inspect the bees to see what is actually happening inside the nest. This is a must. You have to open the hive and look at the bees. Further, you have to be able to diagnose what is happening in the colony. There are books and locals who can help with this. If your bees swarmed - shouldn't have but a more common problem with top-bar hives - your bees may have died due to the failure to properly requeen themselves. Or, like so many colonies in this area, they may simply have gone into the winter with too few stores. 

My suggestion is that you get together with the folks from the NE Kansas Beekeepers Association. This group has many programs for beginners and you may find someone who can mentor you so that you can learn the basics of bee management.  Frankly, I'd retire the top-bar hive and buy standard equipment." 

The Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers' Association is a supporter of Dr. Taylor's pet project "Monarch Watch" program.

Read news on the 2015 Fall migration.  (FB)

                              (Last updated 9/30/2015)

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