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.


“Tool for beekeepers, gardeners, growers and land managers to assess the quality of their landscapes for supporting managed honey bees and wild bees”. Landscape data available for select states.

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.

Penn State Extension.

Factsheet on starting a beekeeping operation covers planning and budgets, acquiring bees, marketing, pollination services, risk management, and pests and diseases. Includes lists of beekeeping associations, books, and Websites.

Colorado State University Extension.

Blueprints for beehives and equipment, available to download in PDF format or to order.

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.

University of Missouri. Cooperative Extension Service.

Practical ideas for the beginning apiarist. (Revised May 2016.)

Bee Informed Partnership.

Collects, analyzes, and reports data to support honey beekeepers. Engages beekeepers in citizen science initiatives through surveys, apps, and other tools. Find data visualizations, reports, and other useful tools on their companion research site

University of Florida.

The Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory conducts basic and applied research projects on bees.  The lab's website provides beekeeper resources, information on bee removal and eradication, and research on honeybee husbandry, honeybee ecology and conservation, and pollination ecology

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)