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USDA Research Facilities

Five USDA laboratories are studying breeding, behavior, and benefits of wild and domesticated bees. Check these sites regularly to monitor current research into controlling many of the honeybee's parasites and diseases.

USDA/BARC Bee Research Laboratory

Building 476, BARC-EAST

Beltsville, MD 20705

  • 301) 504-8205, Fax: (301) 504-8736
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Studies bee diseases, pests, and nutritional needs. Provides bee diagnostic services.

Carl Hayden Bee Research Center

2000 E. Allen Road

Tucson, AZ 85719

  • 520) 670-6380, Fax: (520) 670-6493
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Research explores pollination, mites, and control of Africanized honeybees. They also have Expert Forum on Honey Bees, a state-of-the-art, user-friendly, Internet question-and-answer information resource available at no cost. Anyone can use this service to ask any and all questions about bees and get answers directly from the experts at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center.

Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology Research

1157 Ben Hur Road Baton Rouge, LA 70820-5502 (225) 767-9280, Fax: (225) 766-9212

Research on breeding honeybees that tolerate harsh climate, disease, insects, and other hazards.

Bee Biology and Systematic Laboratory

Utah State University

5310 Old Main Hill

Logan, UT 84322-5310

  • 435) 797-2524, Fax: (435) 797-0461
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Research involves alternatives to honey bees as pollinators, and wild bees.

USDA/ ARS Beneficial Insects Research Unit 2413 E. Highway 83 Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 969-4852

Studies mites that infest breathing tubes (trachea) of honeybees. Designs mite control measures and tracks spread of mites.

Computer Software

Carl Hayden Bee Research Center

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The new release: BK-Economics 1.34 is available for Windows and Macintosh. BK-Economics is a software package that was developed by a team of scientists at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, Arizona, to assist commercial beekeepers in streamlining their business practices. This software allows beekeepers to simulate years of business, taking into account factors like equipment purchases, labor force, transportation, marketing strategies, loans, honey flow, and other hive products. This software, when used in combination with the marketing strategy information in the publication, can help beekeepers formulate a successful business plan.

This software is downloadable on-line in "net installer" versions. If downloading BK-Econom-ics off the web is not a viable option, you may choose to receive a copy by mail. This software is a product of USDA research and is offered AT NO COST to anyone. Address and phone numbers for Carl Hayden Bee Research Center are listed above in the USDA Research Facilities.


American Bee Journal Dadant & Sons, Inc. 51 South Second Street Hamilton, IL 62341 (217) 847-3324, Fax: (217) 847-3660 Monthly magazine for hobbyists and professional beekeepers. Subscription: $20.95 per year.

Bee Culture

A. I. Root Company

Subscription Dept., Dept. W

623 W. Liberty Street

Medina, OH 44256

  • 800) 289-7668, ext. 3255
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Monthly apiculture magazine. Subscription: $21.50 per year.

The Speedy Bee

Jesup, GA 31545-1317

Monthly newspaper for the beekeeping and honey industry. Subscription: $17.25 per year.

National Honey Market News

USDA/ AMS/ Fruit and Vegetable Division

21 N. First Avenue, Suite 224

Yakima, WA 98902-2663

  • 800) 487-8796
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Search for "National Honey Report" for the latest reports. Catalogs monthly honey prices for the country. Subscription: $36 for 12 issues.


American Beekeepers Federation

Jesup, GA 31598-1038

  • 912) 427-8447
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Members include commercial beekeepers, researchers, and hobbyists. Encourages development of better bees through better queens. Seeks to maintain uniform trade practices and principles in production/sale of packaged bees and queens. Annual meeting.

Apiary Inspectors of America Blane White (651)296-0591 aiahome.htm

Members include state/provincial apiarists, inspectors, researchers, and individuals. Active in research meetings and publishes a newsletter. Has an on-line directory of all state and provincial apiarists.

National Honey Board

390 Lashley Street

Longmont, CO 80501-6045

  • 303) 776-2337, Fax: (303) 776-1177
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The National Honey Board administers an industry-funded national research, promotion, and consumer information program to increase honey consumption in the United States and abroad. Excellent website with many marketing ideas and suggestions.

American Honey Producers Association 536 Ashmont Road Madison, SD 57042 (605) 485-2221

Membership is mostly for commercial honey producers, but membership ranges in scale from 1 to 40,000 hives owned. They hold an annual convention and publish a quarterly newsletter. They have a varying dues structure according to size of honey operation.

Eastern Apicultural Society of North America, Inc.

John Tulloch

EAS Treasurer

Odessa, DE 19730

  • 302)378-1917
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The largest non-commercial beekeeping organization in the U.S. Has an annual conference every summer with lectures, workshops, vendor displays, and short courses for beginning and advanced beekeepers in one of its 26 member states or provinces in the eastern U.S. and

Canada. EAS also publishes a quarterly newsletter, The EAS Journal.


Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO) on-line Book Store:

Beekeeping: A Practical Guide. 1993. By Richard E. Bonney. 192 p. $18.95.

Golden Insect. 1989. By Stephen Adjare. 103 p. $14.50.

Hive Management: A Seasonal Guide for Beekeepers. 1990. By Richard Bonney. 145 p. $14.95.

Order from:

Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO) 17391 Durrance Road North Fort Myers, FL 33917 (239) 543-3246, Fax: (239) 543-5317 html/foodprocessing.htmi

Volunteers in Technical Assistance (VITA) publications (see their complete catalog at http://

A Beekeeping Guide. 1989. By Harlan Attfield. VITA Technical Bulletin #9. 45 p. $7.25.

Centrifugal Honey Extractor. No date. VITA Technical Bulletin. VIT009-1. 9 p. $5.25.

Order from:

PACT Publications

1200 18th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20036

Email: [email protected]

Other Books:

The following books are available from bookstores and on-line booksellers. If a book is listed as out-of-print, you may be able to obtain it through Interlibrary Loan; check with your local librarian. You may also be able to buy a copy through an on-line used-book search site, such as <>.

The ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture. 1990. By Roger Morse. 516 p. $32.00.

The Beekeepers Handbook. 1998. By Diana Sammataro, Alphonse Avitabile, and Roger Morse. 224 p. $24.95.

Beekeeping for Dummies. 2002. By Howard Blackiston and Kim Flottum. 336 p. $19.99.

Beeswax: Production, Harvesting, Processing, and Products. 1982. By William L. Coggeshall and Roger A. Morse. 192 p. Out of Print.

The Hive and the Honey Bee. 1992. Joe M. Graham, editor. 1324 p. $36.00.

Honey Bee Pests, Predators and Diseases. 1997. Roger Morse and Kim Flottum (editors). 575 p. $40.00.

How to Keep Bees and Sell Honey. 1993. By Walter T. Kelley. 144 p. $9.00.

The New Complete Guide to Beekeeping.

The New Starting Right with Bees. 1990. By Kim Flottum and Diana Sammataro. 136 p. $7.99.

Rearing Queen Honey Bees. 1997. By Roger A. Morse. 128 p. $14.95.


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