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General Beekeeping Resources


Beekeeping Calendar for the Northeast

This calendar outlines month-by-month the beekeeping activities to consider to maintain healthy, productive colonies. Emphasis is placed on inspection, nutrition, managing pests and diseases, and bloom times for important plants.


Find a beekeeping club in your county

The state-wide beekeeping club in New York is the Empire State Honey Producers Association. In addition to this organization, there are 30 regional beekeeping clubs. Use our map to find the club closest to you.


Honey Testing Labs in the US and Canada

Locate labs that will test honey for antibiotics, pesticides, adulterations, amino acids, HMF levels, and nutritional content.


Wintering bees in cold climates & diagnosing spring colony deadouts

This document helps beekeepers determine whether their colonies are ready for wintering in the Northeast US. It includes recommendations and best management practices for how to prepare your colonies for winter. If beekeepers find dead colonies in spring, they can use the decision-making tool in this guide to determine the cause of death.


General beekeeping information

Created by Roger Morse and Elton Dyce in 1982, this publication still serves as a great resource for beekeeping in New York State. This bulletin highlights the major honey producing regions of the state and includes general information for purchasing bees and equipment.


Reporting a pesticide-related bee kill incident

Beekeepers are encouraged to report pesticide-related bee kills. This guide includes contact information for each state agency and describes the process of a pesticide investigation.



Bait hives for honey bees

This original publication was created by Tom Seeley, Roger Morse, and Richard Nowogrodzki. It discusses the biology and ecology of swarming, as well as instructions for how beekeepers can build, position, and maintain a bait hive to catch swarms.


NYS apiary inspection protocol

New York State apiary inspectors certify packages and nucs for sale and colonies destined to leave the state. They also investigate American foulbrood incidences and oversee the destruction of infected colonies. Beekeepers can read this guide to learn more about the New York State apiary inspection protocol and to familiarize themselves with what to expect should they require an inspector's services.


Pollination Services Contract

Beekeepers in New York rent their colonies to pollinate a variety of crops including apple, berries, pumpkins, and legumes. A written pollination contract allows both parties to clearly outline their expectations. It also ensures all factors are considered before the colonies are moved. This sample pollination contract can serve as a starting point for beekeeper-grower negotiations.