Pennsylvania State
Beekeepers Association

 Happy Birthday PSBA! 

Join us as we enter our 110th year. Our commitment to the honeybees and the beekeepers of Pennsylvania is still going strong.

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Dennis Keeney    View Obituary
The membership of PA State Beekeepers would like to express their condolences to the family.

2014 Fall Conference

We would like to welcome all members of PSBA to the annual conference November 14-15, at the Country Cupboard, Lewisburg, Pa. Further details and agenda

Candidates wanted for 2015 Honey Queen and Princess

The Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program is currently seeking candidates for the 2015 Honey Queen and Princess. Contestants must be Pennsylvania residents between the ages of 18 and 24 as of Nov 1. Further details on our Honey Queen Program Page.

2014 Summer Picnic Photos

Picnic Photos   (Photos by Charlie Vorisek)

PA Beekeepers Celebrate Milestones

Lori Stahl, a member of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association, teaching children about the importance of honey bees. Providing educational services is one goal of the organization.

The Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association is celebrating two milestones in 2014. This year marks the 110th anniversary for the association and the 60th year of its Honey Queen program.

“This is a huge milestone for the organization,” Charles Vorisek, PSBA president said. “The beekeeping industry has changed and evolved over the past 110 years, but the PSBA’s mission of supporting beekeepers, advocating for research and educating the public still remain the same.”

One of the ways the PSBA provides education services is through the Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program. Founded in 1954, the program has provided educational presentations and a spokesperson for the industry for 60 years.

“Our Queens and Princesses work diligently to promote the beekeeping industry, educate the public on the importance of honey bees and increase the consumption of honey,” Rachel Bryson, chair of the Honey Queen program said. “Reaching 60 years is a testament to the quality of this program and the hard work of its many queens, princesses and chair people.”

The PSBA currently has approximately 800 members. It was formed on April 12, 1904 during its meeting in Williamsport. The first president of the association was Prof. H.A. Surface, who was also the state zoologist. The organization holds two meetings each year; one during its summer picnic and the second at its annual fall convention. The PSBA continues to serve beekeepers throughout Pennsylvania with a commitment to supporting honey bee research, advocating pure PA honey and providing education to the community.

Presidential Memorandum

"Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators"
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BeeInformed Winter Loss Survey Results

Thanks to all those who participated in the BeeInformed Winter Loss Survey. PA was the state with the highest number of responses! View Results

1962 Honey Queen Photos added to Archive

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Honey Queen program, we've added some old pictures of the 1962 Honey Queen to our photo archive.

2014 PA State Apiary Inspection Season has Begun

Find you local inspector's name and contact information. Alternatively, you can click on your county on the map on that same page.

PA Honey Queen named American Honey Princess

Elena Hoffman, 2013 Pennsylvania Honey Queen, was selected as the 2014 American Honey Princess during the North American Beekeeping Conference and Tradeshow. Details on our Honey Queen Program page.

Photos from 2014 Farm Show

Our Farm Show page has pictures from the January 2014 PA Farm Show. Photos by Charlie Vorisek.

2013 Fall Conference Photos

Fall Conference Photos (Photos by Bill Mondjack)

Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program

The Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program may be able to provide a speaker for your event. See details and contact information on our Honey Queen page.

Honey Sale Legislation Documents

Honey Sale And Labeling Act
Guidelines for the Sanitary Operation of Honey Extracting Facilities
Selling Honey In PA

Bee Behavior Expert Studies Honeybee Swarms

Read the Smithsonian article about Thomas Seeley: "The Secret Life of Bees".

Archived Newsletters

Previous editions of the PSBA Newsletter are now archived online for your convenience.

Pesticide Information

A list of Pesticide descriptions and information is available on our Current Research page.

Protecting Honey Bees from Chemical Pesticides

Documents and Brochures Available in PDF Format

Are Honey Bees pollinators and beneficial insects or pests?

Value of Honey Bees in Pennsylvania

Give Honey Bees a Helping Hand

Beekeeping Basics

Zoning Ordinances, Gardens and Honey Bees

Best Management Practices  (updated 6/25/13)

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Interested in joining PSBA?

For a list of membership benefits and a form to join the association, see our Membership page.

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