Protecting the honey producing industry in Wisconsin

Improving marketing for Wisconsin honey and bee products

Supporting educational programs and promoting awareness

Providing resources for Wisconsin's beekeeper community

Whether you’re a beekeeper, thinking of becoming one, looking to buy local honey,
or just curious about the importance of bees in our ecosystem, the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association is here for you!

Wisconsin State Fair

Try honey varieties and see live bees in the observation hive at the WHPA Honey Booth at the State Fair August 3-13, 2017!

Honey Queen

Honey Queen

The Wisconsin Honey Queen spends the year traveling the state to educate the public and promote Wisconsin’s beekeeping and honey industry.

New Beekeepers

Beekeeping is an amazing learning experience that is immensely rewarding, though at times, considerably frustrating.

Find Local Honey

Find Local Honey

Find a Wisconsin honey producer near you, healthy bee-related products, local beekeepers, and helpful beekeeper resources.

Upcoming WHPA Events

 

2018 Spring District Meetings

 

Saturday, February 17 9:00am  SOUTHWESTERN DISTRICT – Location: Phoenix Center, 100 S. Orange Street (Hwy 14) Richland Center, WI 8:00am Registration – $10/person includes lunch for members/$15 for non-members. Meeting Speakers: Gunner Bernning, 2018 Wisconsin Youth Beekeeper telling us how he got started beekeeping. Lexi Gegare, WI Honey Princess. Strong Microbials will be sharing new ideas on bee health. Door prizes and silent auction. Lunch and Breakout sessions. Business meeting. Call to RSVP. Contact: Shelly Astle 608.489.2456

Saturday, March 3 10:00am  CENTRAL DISTRICT – Location: McMillan Memorial Library – 490 East Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin Rapids, WI Agenda: State bee inspector Dan Ziehli will discuss mite checking and treatments, foulbrood and other diseases and working with veterinarians. There will be a report on the ABF convention, overwintering reports, spring management and short business meeting. Breakout sessions for new and experienced beekeepers. Contact: Dayton Kauth 715.886.4030 or [email protected]

Sunday, March 4 1:00pm   NORTHEASTERN DISTRICT Location:  Mosquito Hill Nature Center N3880 Rogers Road, New London, WI Directions: Located just off US Hwy 45 and Hwy 54 Program includes overwintering report and presentation by Slava Strogolov on Strong Microbials; Honey sampling from around the world; WHPA updates; Q & A Session. Bring snacks for break session. Contact: Dan Piechowski 920.566.4132

Friday, March 9 6:00-9:00pm    WESTERN DISTRICT- 1st meeting Exploring Beekeeping no cost to attend Location:  Myrick Park Center 789 Myrick Park Dr. La Crosse, WI

Saturday, March 10 9:00am-4:00pm   WESTERN DISTRICT – 2nd Meeting Location:  Myrick Park Center 789 Myrick Park Dr. La Crosse, WI. Guest Speaker: Michael Bush of Bush Bee Farm Topics to Include: Treatment-Free Beekeeping, Natural Cell Beekeeping, Steps to Healthier Bees Bee Colony as a Whole System Fee for Saturday—$25 INCLUDES LUNCH Contact: Tony Bowers 608.272.3998

Saturday, March 10 9:30am SOUTHEASTERN DISTRICT Location:  MPTC – Room S111, 2151 N. Main Street, West Bend (enter in Door L1) Doors open 8:30am Registration: $5 includes pizza lunch Speakers include Thelma Baker, conservation biocontrol specialist for pollinators & cover crops; Jim & Karen Belli of Belli Farms in Wadsworth, IL; Darryl Daniels of Helena Seeds; American Honey Queen Jenny Gross; ABF updates; door prizes and more! Contact: Don Thill 262.689.2076

Saturday, March 10   9:00am  NORTHERN DISTRICT Location:  Saron Lutheran Church, 517 9th Ave West, Ashland Lunch: Potluck please bring a dish to pass. Approve Fall minutes; Treasurers Report; Overwintering Report; Membership; Farm & Garden Show April 14, 2018; Bee Package Ordering update; Loaner Program; Social Media; News: WHPA Summer meeting; Set fall meeting date. Guest Speaker Contact: Jackie Eid 715.209.6762

Saturday, March 17 8:30am-2:00pm     SOUTHERN DISTRICT   Location: Milton High School Auditorium, 114 W High Street    Milton, WI Host Cub: Rock County Beekeepers Speakers/Agenda: 9:00am Awards and Recognition 9:30am–12 pm Marla Spivak, PhD., Director of the University of Minnesota Bee Lab–Dr. Spivak will be speaking about exciting honey bee research taking place at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab 12pm-12:45pm Lunch: Hot Dogs and chips lunch provided by a local group at a reasonable cost 12:45-1:30pm Dan Ziehli, Southern Wisconsin Apiary Inspector 1:30-2:00pm Open Discussion Contact: Tim Wilbanks 319.321.2494

Saturday, March 17 10:00am    NORTHWESTERN DISTRICT  Location:  Knapp Community Center, Knapp, WI. Doors open at 9:30 am — meeting starts at 10:00 am Speakers: Matt LaForge WHPA Vice President; Hannah Sjostrom WI Honey Queen; Winter reports; Business meeting. Please bring a dish to pass and items for Queen’s Auction Contact: John Spate 715.874.6454

Latest News

Best Management Practices for Mite Control in WI

Best Management Practices for Mite Control in WI

WHPA issues a Best Management Practices for Varroa mite control in Wisconsin. Beekeepers from hobbyist to commercial scale are challenged by controlling Varroa mite infestations in their colonies. This document is intended to educate Wisconsin beekeepers on factors to be considered when choosing methods to control mites as well as give a brief biological sketch of the mite.

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Upcoming WHPA Events

 

 

Saturday, February 17 9:00am  SOUTHWESTERN DISTRICT – Location: Phoenix Center, 100 S. Orange Street (Hwy 14) Richland Center, WI 8:00am Registration – $10/person includes lunch for members/$15 for non-members. Meeting Speakers: Gunner Bernning, 2018 Wisconsin Youth Beekeeper telling us how he got started beekeeping. Lexi Gegare, WI Honey Princess. Strong Microbials will be sharing new ideas on bee health. Door prizes and silent auction. Lunch and Breakout sessions. Business meeting. Call to RSVP. Contact: Shelly Astle 608.489.2456

Saturday, March 3 10:00am  CENTRAL DISTRICT – Location: McMillan Memorial Library – 490 East Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin Rapids, WI Agenda: State bee inspector Dan Ziehli will discuss mite checking and treatments, foulbrood and other diseases and working with veterinarians. There will be a report on the ABF convention, overwintering reports, spring management and short business meeting. Breakout sessions for new and experienced beekeepers. Contact: Dayton Kauth 715.886.4030 or [email protected]

Sunday, March 4 1:00pm   NORTHEASTERN DISTRICT Location:  Mosquito Hill Nature Center N3880 Rogers Road, New London, WI Directions: Located just off US Hwy 45 and Hwy 54 Program includes overwintering report and presentation by Slava Strogolov on Strong Microbials; Honey sampling from around the world; WHPA updates; Q & A Session. Bring snacks for break session. Contact: Dan Piechowski 920.566.4132

Friday, March 9 6:00-9:00pm    WESTERN DISTRICT- 1st meeting Exploring Beekeeping no cost to attend Location:  Myrick Park Center 789 Myrick Park Dr. La Crosse, WI

Saturday, March 10 9:00am-4:00pm   WESTERN DISTRICT – 2nd Meeting Location:  Myrick Park Center 789 Myrick Park Dr. La Crosse, WI. Guest Speaker: Michael Bush of Bush Bee Farm Topics to Include: Treatment-Free Beekeeping, Natural Cell Beekeeping, Steps to Healthier Bees Bee Colony as a Whole System Fee for Saturday—$25 INCLUDES LUNCH Contact: Tony Bowers 608.272.3998

Saturday, March 10 9:30am SOUTHEASTERN DISTRICT Location:  MPTC, 2151 N. Main Street, West Bend (enter in Door L2) Doors open 8:30am Registration: $5 includes pizza lunch Speakers include Thelma Baker, conservation biocontrol specialist; State Bee Inspector Dan Ziehli; WI Honey Princess Lexi Gegare. Contact: Don Thill 262.689.2076

Saturday, March 10   9:00am  NORTHERN DISTRICT Location:  Saron Lutheran Church, 517 9th Ave West, Ashland Lunch: Potluck please bring a dish to pass. Approve Fall minutes; Treasurers Report; Overwintering Report; Membership; Farm & Garden Show April 14, 2018; Bee Package Ordering update; Loaner Program; Social Media; News: WHPA Summer meeting; Set fall meeting date. Guest Speaker Contact: Jackie Eid 715.209.6762

Saturday, March 17 8:30am-2:00pm     SOUTHERN DISTRICT   Location: Milton High School Auditorium, 114 W High Street    Milton, WI Host Cub: Rock County Beekeepers Speakers/Agenda: 9:00am Awards and Recognition 9:30am–12 pm Marla Spivak, PhD., Director of the University of Minnesota Bee Lab–Dr. Spivak will be speaking about exciting honey bee research taking place at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab 12pm-12:45pm Lunch: Hot Dogs and chips lunch provided by a local group at a reasonable cost 12:45-1:30pm Dan Ziehli, Southern Wisconsin Apiary Inspector 1:30-2:00pm Open Discussion Contact: Tim Wilbanks 319.321.2494

Saturday, March 17 10:00am    NORTHWESTERN DISTRICT  Location:  Knapp Community Center, Knapp, WI. Doors open at 9:30 am — meeting starts at 10:00 am Speakers: Matt LaForge WHPA Vice President; Hannah Sjostrom WI Honey Queen; Winter reports; Business meeting. Please bring a dish to pass and items for Queen’s Auction Contact: John Spate 715.874.6454

 

 

 

 

Latest News

Best Management Practices for Mite Control in WI

Best Management Practices for Mite Control in WI

WHPA issues a Best Management Practices for Varroa mite control in Wisconsin. Beekeepers from hobbyist to commercial scale are challenged by controlling Varroa mite infestations in their colonies. This document is intended to educate Wisconsin beekeepers on factors to be considered when choosing methods to control mites as well as give a brief biological sketch of the mite.

read more

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