Pollinator Resources

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Resource page from presentation at KRC’s June 10, 2017 Women in Farming Workshop – “Why pollinators are important and what we can do to help them.”

Honeybees and Beekeeping Resources –

Kansas Beekeeping Associations – state and regional

Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers’ Association (NEKBA)– very active beekeeping group based in northeast Kansas, but also affiliated with Kansas Honey Producers’ Association, which is a statewide group.  NEKBA hosts beginning beekeeping classes each March, and a FunDay in June, bringing national experts and internationally-known speakers and providing a wealth of information and training for beekeepers of all experience levels.

Kansas Honey Producers’ Association – statewide beekeeping and honey producers’ group.

The Konza Beekeepers Association – Manhattan based organization dedicated to supporting area beekeepers and educating the public about honey bees. “Our mission is to gather together beekeepers and persons interested in beekeeping to build program and foster dialog that will contribute to the health of and expansion of honeybees in our region.”

The South Central Kansas Honey Producers Association is in the process of transferring over to the Great Plains Beekeepers. Our meetings are the second Saturday of each month at the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita, KS. We have hive inspection before the meeting at noon. Our meetings start at 1:00 pm. We can be reached on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/574912615977341/, via email at contact@greatplainsbeekeepers.org, or on our website greatplaisnbeekeepers.org.

Online Beekeeping Resources

Beekeeping – Penn State Extension – Online Courses and Information – A well-spring of information for beekeepers, beginning and experienced.

Teaching Kids About the Importance of Honeybees – A great resource for teachers or students who are studying honeybees. Recommended by Jennifer, in Aurora, Colorado – a middle-school student who used our page for a school project and thought this would be a great addition. We agree!

KRC Pollinator Resources – Information Guides and Workshop/Conference Presentations

Why Pollinators are Important and What We Can Do to Help Them – presentation given at June 10, 2017, Women in Farming Workshop.

Resources for Better Beekeepingwritten by Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers’ Association/Kansas Honey Producers’ Association &  Kansas Rural Center, 2014 – Information and resources for Kansas beekeepers – beginners and experienced, alike.

Marketing Honey and Hive Products in the Douglas County Area – written by Kansas Rural Center, as part of a pollinator project in Douglas County, Kansas, 2014 – General information on marketing your honey and hive products, with some information specific to Douglas County, Kansas.

USDA Programs for Implementation of Pollinator Habitat – Holly Shutt, Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever, Farm Bill Biologist, presentation from Kansas Rural Center’s June 13, 2014 “Pollinator Habitat in Rural Areas” workshop.

Your future flies on the wings of pollinators: Things you should know about pollinators and pollination – O. R. “Chip” Taylor, Director Monarch Watch, Department Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, presentation from Kansas Rural Center’s 2013 Farm & Food Conference, Newton, Kansas.

Native Bees and Pollinator Habitat Resources

**The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation offers a wealth of pollinator resources and habitat guides.  Visit their website to find information on native pollinators and habitat,  regionally specific resources and planting guides, and an outstanding selection of books geared towards attracting pollinators to your farm or garden.

How To Attract Native Bees to Your Organic GardenMother Earth News, August/September 2013.

Farming Methods that Reduce Pesticide Use – 

Farming for Pest Management – The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation – Conservation Biological Control – strategies to attract beneficial insects in order to reduce pesticide use – https://xerces.org/conservationbiocontrol/. This page has a number of really useful resources.

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation – Preventing Negative Impacts of Pesticides on Pollinators – https://xerces.org/guidelines/pollinator-pesticide-risk-reduction/.

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