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. 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.


Four USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) bee research laboratories provide access to subject experts, research projects, scientific articles and publications, news, and software.

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Describes "simple, inexpensive ways" to increase the number of native bees on farmland for crop pollination. "Improvements to pollinator habitat may be eligible for financial support from government programs."


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.

USDA. Farm Service Agency.

Describes the Farm Service Agency's Conservation Reserve Program. Links to research, conservation programs, pollinator information and Web sites, training, and the Bee Informed Partnership.

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.