Why Should I Join the ABF?
For more than 75 years, the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) has been working in the interest of all beekeepers, large and small, and those associated with the beekeeping industry to ensure the future of the honey bee. Today, there are many challenges facing the industry that are endangering the very existence of nature's most valuable insect. From disease to shrinking habitat to detrimental legislation to new science that is modifying nectar sources in ways we have yet to fully understand, beekeepers rely on the ABF for the education they need to succeed in the business of keeping bees in today's competitive world.
"Joining the ABF was the best thing I have done to improve my ability to care for our bees. We are fruit farmers who became beekeepers of necessity for pollination. We have since discovered that beekeepers are a lot like fishermen in that everyone insists their way is the only way but no one actually has factual research to support their position. The ABF is a breath of fresh air in the strongly academic approach and open exploration of new ideas and methods." - Gary Winkel
Join ABF today and be a part of beekeeping's future!
The ABF offers six different levels of membership to match your operation. Click here for our Membership Types and Dues Schedule.
Members have access to all ABF programs, including:
- Industry Resource
Operating as a resource point for the beekeeping industry, each day the ABF staff fields a wide range of questions about the beekeeping industry. These include reporters looking for information, buyers searching for sources of hive products, and members and other beekeepers looking for miscellaneous information. The ABF Web site is a great source for information and resources related to the beekeeping industry.
- Honey Defense Fund
Used to help protect the image of honey and ensure the purity of honey in the market by testing honey samples suspected of being adulterated with a cheaper sweetener and funding honey purity research.
- American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow
In addition to an informative program and dozens of commercial exhibits, the conference features the American Honey Show and the selection of the American Honey Queen and Princess, as well as other educational and social activities.
- Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar Series
The ABF Education Committee has been hard at work developing new ways to keep its members engaged and informed in between ABF annual conferences each year. The ABF has introduced a new online educational Webinar series in which members can learn about relevant topics presented by industry experts. Plans are in place to host these sessions every few months.
- American Honey Queen Program
Each year, a Honey Queen and a Honey Princess are chosen to promote honey and beekeeping across the country at fairs, festivals and other events. In addition, recipe folders using honey are available to you for use in your promotional and educational efforts. You can also arrange for the Queen or Princess to visit your marketing area for a promotion.
- ABF Quarterly Magazine
Features educational articles and state-of-the-industry editorials along with ABF activities and happenings in the beekeeping industry.
- ABF E-Buzz Newsletter
Published monthly and sent via e-mail to all ABF members. Contains up-to-the-minute ABF updates, legislative news, event information, member features and useful beekeeping tips and tricks.
- ABF Membership Directory
Both a printed and online membership directory are available to ABF members. The directory is often used by members for networking and by suppliers and buyers seeking sources and customers.
- ABF Web Site
Up-to-date information about the ABF, industry news and industry links are posted regularly on the Web site.
- The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees
The ABF established the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc., a non-profit corporation, for the express purpose of the preservation of the practice and the profession of beekeeping through education and research. The Foundation provides a vehicle to channel grants, gifts and bequests into beekeeping research and education.