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Johnson County

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Johnson County
11811 S. Sunset Drive
Suite 1500
Olathe, KS 66061

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday,
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

(913) 715-7000
(913) 715-7005 fax

Map to our office

K-State Research and Extension is committed to making its services, activities and programs accessible to all participants. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Johnson County Extension at (913)715-7000. Notify staff of accommodation needs as early as possible.

Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service

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Honey Bees and Honey Production

Whether you’re wanting to begin beekeeping or looking for a solution to your honey production, we can assist in connecting hobbyists and producers to different resources.

European honeybee in midflightPhoto credit Betsy Betros

Beginning Beekeeping

For beginner beekeepers, one of the best places to start is by joining a beekeeping organization. There are a few in the Johnson County area:

Northeastern Kansas Beekeeper’s Association

Kansas Honey Producers Association

Midwestern Beekeeper’s Association

Fall and winter are good times to start preparing for spring bee season. Research suppliers, needed equipment, and potential hive sites. The University of Missouri has a guide with Beekeeping Tips for Beginners.

Also check local ordinances to make sure there aren’t regulations or rules for your area regarding beekeeping. Some cities that do have beekeeping ordinances are listed in Beekeeping in the Suburbs.

Advanced Beekeeping

Contact our office if you have advanced beekeeping questions. We also have K-State entomology specialists to help find you answers.

Additional Resources:

Beekeeping in the Suburbs

Bees and Bee stings

K-State Publication Pesticides and Bees



Contact Us

Amy Keigher
Natural Resources and Mid/Small Scale Agriculture Agent