Honeybee hive (Copyright IStock).Apiculture - the maintenance of honeybees and hives - provides farmers and hobbyists with a variety of enterprises including production of beeswax, honey and other edible bee products; crop pollination services and sale of bees to other beekeepers.

U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agricultural Research Service.

"The honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) is not native to the Western Hemisphere....Information available indicates that colonies of honeybees were shipped from England and landed in the Colony of Virginia early in 1622..." (Everett Oertel.  In: Agriculture Handbook 335. August 1967)


University Extension experts and other experienced bee experts provide information on the basics of beekeeping including "colony inspection and manipulation, monitoring for pests and diseases, producing honey, and preparing for winter." Topics cover bee colonies; best management practices for beekeepers and growers; honey; queen making and requeening; and more.


University Extension experts and other experienced bee experts provide information on "sustainable, bee health management practices" in order "to secure continued pollination of natural and agricultural plant communities." Topics cover honey bee health, beekeeping techniques, current research and native bees. Features webinars, videos, FAQs, and an Ask an Expert service.

AgMRC - Agricultural Marketing Resource Center.

This overview and profile of the beekeeping industry covers production and demand, export and import statistics, government regulations, and trends in farming. Identifies and links to resources that address production and marketing.

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program's topic room includes a collection of educational materials on honey bees, native bees and alternative pollinators. The resources are from SARE grant-funded projects plus other materials on pollinators and sustainable production practices from other institutions and organizations across the Southern region.

Ohio State University.

Provides access to "freely-available, evaluated, digital content" related to bees and pollination. Covers beekeeping; bee diseases and pests; honey bee biology; honey and other products; pollination; and native bee identification and biology.  Offers an Ask-An-Expert service and links to publications, images, and teacher resources.

Ohio State Beekeepers Association

The program consists of 34 videos, several Power Point presentations, and an online textbook. Topics include protective equipment for beekeepers, assembling hive equipment, installing packages, inspecting hives, moving bee colonies, commercial pollination and more.

A.I. Root Company

This print and online magazine, available by subscription, is a source of information for beginning and experienced beekeepers. Beekeepers, Extension specialists researchers and scientists provide information on raising bees, making beekeeping equipment, developing new products, and more. Provides honey reports and market surveys.

American Bee Journal.

News and resources for "hobby and commercial beekeepers, bee supply dealers, queen breeders, package-bee shippers, honey packers, and entomologists."  The journal includes an events calendar, FAQs, instructional materials, and listings of National, Regional, State and International bee programs, organizations and other resources.

Beekeeping in Tennessee  ( PDF | 1.3 MB )

University of Tennessee. Extension.

This guide covers most aspects of beekeeping from getting started to building nucs to working with colonies to identifying predators. Topics include: beekeeping basics; bee biology and behavior; races of bees; beekeeping protective gear; hardware and tools; wooden equipment; starting, working with or moving bee colonies; queen making and requeening; honey; pests of honeybees; and seasonal management.