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.
Celebrates and builds awareness of the importance of the role of pollinators in the world food supply and ecosystems. Information on National Pollinator Week 2011.
Bee Research Laboratory
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
USDA organization provides research and information about bee diseases and bee genetics.
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.
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.
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.
Beekeeping Virtual Gallery
International clearinghouse for commercial services and suppliers, articles and reports, databases, forums and more. Available in English, French, German and Spanish.
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.
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.
Who's Who in North American Beekeeping
Bee Culture: The Magazine of American Beekeeping.
U.S. and Canadian beekeepers, arranged by state/province.