The Tennessee Beekeepers Association’s objectives include the promotion of modern, scientific beekeeping throughout Tennessee, encouragement of youth in the art of beekeeping, and informing the public of the importance of the honey bee.
Beekeeper of the Year and Life Membership awards. Since its inception, the TBA has annually recognized two beekeepers for their outstanding contributions to beekeeping in Tennessee. The Beekeeper of the Year award is given in recognition of a member’s service and participation in their local association(s) and the TBA during the previous year. The Life Membership award is given in recognition of a member’s service and participation in their local association(s) and the TBA over the course of their lifetime. Nominations are evaluated and voted on by the TBA board of directors during their fall meeting. Nomination forms can be downloaded here (.doc format):
Beekeeper of the Year
Dr. John Skinner conducts honey bee research and serves as extension specialist in apiculture at the University of Tennessee. Visit his web site at bees.tennessee.edu.
Free publications available online from the University of Tennessee:
- Beekeeping in Tennessee
Comprehensive beekeeping pub covers everything from getting started to managing for pests.
- Preparing for Honey Bee Emergencies in Tennessee
Guidelines for Emergency Personnel to Subdue Honey Bees
- The Small Hive Beetle – A New Pest of Honey Bees
- Tracheal Mites in Tennessee: Parasites of the Honey Bee
- Using Terramycin for the Prevention of American Foulbrood
Michael Studer is Tennessee’s state apiarist. Contact Michael for colony inspection, entry permits, moving colonies, pollination list, apiary registration, County or Area Beekeeping Associations Apiary Inspection Grants and other regulatory issues. Visit the state apiarist web site for information on hive registration and inspections. Click here for a registration form in PDF format that you can mail in.
Master Beekeeper George Imirie (1933-2007) of Maryland published scores of helpful essays for beekeepers, including some specifically for the TBA. We have collected many of them into a PDF file for your benefit. Click here to download the file.
The Tennessee Beekeepers Association is chartered as a 501(c)(5) non-profit organization. We are governed by a constitution which you can review here (PDF file).