Alabama Bee and Honey Division is composed of beekeepers across the state involved in the production of honey and honey products as commercial producers, sideliners, and hobbyists. Bees are a mutually-beneficial commodity. Not only do they produce sweet-tasting honey, but through pollination, bees provide an invaluable service to farmers and to the wildlife community.
Did You Know?
- The colors of honey range from water white to dark amber, depending on its mineral content and floral source. Light colored honey typically has a mild flavor, while dark colored honey is usually stronger.
- There are more than 300 floral sources in the U.S., including clover, alfalfa, buckwheat, cotton, and kudzu.
- Honey contains 64 calories per tablespoon.
- Bees travel 55,000 miles and visit more than 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey.
As a part of Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Bee and Honey Division is represented at the state and national levels through departments of Governmental Affairs and National Affairs.
The Local Connection
County Farmers Federations, with the assistance of Area Organization Directors, provide support and a mechanism to address issues on the local level. Herein lies the strength of Alabama Farmers Federation. Each county may establish its own Bee and Honey Committee. Needs and requests from producers in the county are the beginning of policy development and the direction of Alabama Bee and Honey Division. You may contact your county Bee and Honey chairman, or if none currently exists, the Area Organization Director in your region or your County President for more information. County Extension System offices can also be a valuable source of beekeeping information.
Why Should I Be a Member of Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Bee & Honey Producers?
The Alabama Farmers Federation brings farmers of all commodities together for a common cause. Together, we can accomplish more for everyone’s benefit. The more producers actively participating in Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Bee and Honey Division, the more effective the organization can be on issues affecting them. With membership in the Alabama Farmers Federation come many benefits.
2016 Activity Report
- Held Education and Promotion Events — State committee members and other beekeepers held numerous educational and promotional activities during the year in schools and public events. Members and the division director promoted the division, shared information, answered questions and distributed honey at various events.
- Created Pollinator Protection Program — State committee chairmen, in partnership with Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, created a Voluntary Pollinator Stewardship Program committee. The committee was formed to encourage communications between applicators and commercial pollinators; help identify critical needs of farmers and beekeepers; and propose a plan to reduce risk to pollinators, educate producers about changes in pesticide labels and share helpful resources concerning honeybee health.