Beekeeper Resources

US Beekeeping Survey: Colony Loss and Management

Find more information about this survey and partnership, visit here.

The Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) is no longer administering an annual survey. Auburn University and Apiary Inspectors of America have created a survey that continues long-term monitoring of key aspects of the US beekeeping industry by complementing BIP’s efforts over the past 15+ years.

As a Citizen Scientist, you can contribute your own data to this monitoring effort before midnight on May 31st 2024. All US beekeepers age 18 and over – from hobbyists to those running multi-state commercial operations – are invited to participate. The survey will take 15-30 minutes to complete.

APHIS National Honey Bee Survey

The USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) National Honey Bee Survey is a comprehensive examination of colonies throughout the United States each year. The survey addresses concerns about diminishing health in honey bees and invasive threats to honey bees. For more information about this program, see or the USDA APHIS website.

Bee Informed Partnership brings you those results filtered by calendar year and state where samples were taken.

How to register your hives with the WSDA

Find more information about WSDA honey bee apiary registration here.

Beekeepers are required to register their name, address, phone number, and number of hives they own each year. Registration fees that are collected by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) are pooled into an account directed by the Washington Apiary Advisory Committee, and all funds within this account can only be spent on apiary activities by WSDA or honey bee research. Among other entities, WSU Bee Program has applied and utilized funds from this account to research ways to improve honey bee health.

Honey Bee Health Coalition

The Honey Bee Health Coalition brings together beekeepers, growers, researchers, government agencies, agribusinesses, conservation groups, manufacturers, and consumer brands to improve the health of honey bees.

Click on the links below!

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Supporting Veteran Beekeepers in Western Washington

Beekeeping has been found to reduce the severity of PTSD, something many vets confront upon returning to civilian life.
Photo courtesy: GRuB.
Credit: Mary Ellen Psaltis, Thurston Talk

Funded through the USDA’s Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program, and in partnership with Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB), the Washington State Beekeepers Association (WASBA), and the Washington Farmer Veteran Coalition (WA-FVC), Healing Through Hives aims to support a new generation of Veteran beekeepers and Veteran-owned apiaries across Western Washington.

Healing through Hives recognizes the importance of providing meaningful opportunities for veterans to continue to serve their communities after their military service has ended. Beekeeping not only offers a way for veterans to contribute to the agricultural sector and support local food systems, but it also provides therapeutic benefits that can help veterans overcome the physical and mental challenges associated with their service.

Visit their website for more information and how to get involved!