Resources for Tennessee beekeepers

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.

TBA Lifetime memberBeekeeper 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
Life Membership

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Dr. John Skinner


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:

StateApiarist
Michael Studer


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.

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George Imirie

 

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.

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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).

Tennessee laws affecting beekeepers are collected under the title “Tennessee Apiary Act of 1995″ which can be found under “Title 44 Animals And Animal Husbandry” of the Tennessee Code Unannotated. These laws can be viewed online thanks to LexisNexis.  One of the most commonly referenced pieces of Tennessee law is referred to as the Honey House Bill. In short, a beekeeper who produces less than 150 gallons of honey per year can package and sell his/her product in retail stores without the requirement of an inspected food kitchen. You can review details here (PDF file).

While the most beekeepers in Tennessee legally bottle honey under the Tennessee Apiary Act, some may wish to build a “honey house” to process their honey harvest. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has prepared a document detailing what is required for constructing a honey house under the state’s regulations.  You can download it here: HONEY SANITATION REQUIREMENTS, 6-11-08 (pdf file)