Welcome to the home of the West Virginia Beekeepers Association webpage. Established in 1917, West Virginia Beekeepers Association has a long history of guiding beekeepers in the mountain state through educational, agricultural and scientific means. Annually, the association hosts a spring conference and annual meeting in the fall featuring some of the finest speakers in beekeeping. Workshops offered during the conferences are suited for all levels and interests. The conference halls are always buzzing when we come together in the name of beekeeping.
The benefits of being a member of the West Virginia Beekeepers Association include:
- Educational opportunities through local clubs
- Special “Members Only” conference registration rates
- Novice program benefits to encourage continued education for first year beekeepers
- Annual Honey Show
- Master Beekeeping Program
In addition, local clubs who are member affiliates of the West Virginia Beekeepers Association are eligible for:
- Speaker’s bureau program and compensation to offset speaker fees
- WVBA Grant program to foster education and community outreach
The West Virginia Beekeepers Association works with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture to promote the honey bee, products of the hive and initiatives to support beekeepers. The honey bee is West Virginia’s state insect. West Virginia was the first state to pass the Limits of Liability if beekeepers sign a voluntary agreement to follow the WVDA Best Management Practices.
Through education, collaboration and camaraderie, West Virginia Beekeepers Association strives to support the beekeepers of West Virginia and to promote the honeybee. Wild wonderful West Virginia, it’s what the buzz is all about.