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.


USDA 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 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.

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.

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.

University of Florida. IFAS Extension. Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab.

These short videos inform about honey, the importance of honey bees, beekeeping, African Honey Bees, and bee pests and diseases.

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

USDA organization provides research and information about bee diseases and bee genetics.

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) works to "to enhance overall honey bee health and improve bee management practices by studying honey bee diseases and parasites and how best to control them, as well as basic honey bee biology and genetics."  In addition to ARS News and ARS Research, this website includes information on honey bee health issues, recommendations about Colony Collapse Disorder for beekeepers and the public, and recent scientific publications on honey bees.

University of Arkansas. Cooperative Extension Service.

The Extension Service offers free online guides and factsheets including: Getting Started, About Honey Bees, Africanized Honey Bees in Arkansas, Bee Hive Pests & Diseases, Bees as Pollinators, Honey Bee Swarms, and Honey Plants.