Honey as a value-added product.

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.

Bees Profile

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.

Bee Health


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.

SARE Topic Room on Pollinators

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.

Beekeeping - Apiculture in Arkansas

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.

Videos on Bees and Beekeeping

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.

Honey Bees and Honey

USDA. National Agricultural Library.

Searches for article citations in the NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA) on honey bees and honey production from January 2005 to the present. Or search for books and audiovisuals from 2000 to the present.

Bee Research Laboratory

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

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

Sugar and Sweeteners Yearbook: U.S. Honey Production and Trade

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Tables and spreadsheets including U.S. Honey Production, Imports, Exports, Stocks and Average Price, by Calendar Year.

Pollinator Partnership

Pollinator Partnership.

Celebrates and builds awareness of the importance of the role of pollinators in the world food supply and ecosystems. Information on National Pollinator Week 2015.

Beehives and Honey Equipment (PDF | 528 KB)

Pennsylvania State University. Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Historical plans for: Beehives and Honey Equipment, Solar Beewax Extractor, Low Cost Beehive, Honeycomb Uncapping Tank and Super Dumping Board, 5 and 6 Deep Brood Hive and Honey Extractor.


National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Publication discusses state inspection programs, beginning basics, income sources and budgets, insurance, Africanized bees, organic certification and various bee pests and diseases. Information on educational and training opportunities and further resources are also included.

Beekeeping Tips for Beginners

University of Missouri. Cooperative Extension Service.

Practical ideas for the beginning apiarist.

Who's Who in North American Beekeeping

Bee Culture: The Magazine of American Beekeeping.

U.S. and Canadian beekeepers, arranged by state/province.

Beehoo - World's Beekeeping Directory

International clearinghouse for commercial services and suppliers, publications and more. Includes section on bumblebees and wasps. Available in English and French.

Beekeeping Virtual Gallery


International clearinghouse for commercial services and suppliers, articles and reports, databases, forums and more. Available in English, French, German and Spanish.