​The Wisconsin Honey Producers Association has historically said to have been established in 1878.  However, research has shown that it was established earlier, perhaps as early as 1864.  It was initially named the Wisconsin Beekeepers Association, however, the name was changed to the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association in 1965.  It was initially formed to be a resource for beekeepers and be an advocate for beekeepers in Wisconsin. The organization today still embraces these goals and additionally works to educate the public about the beekeeping industry.