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ABF Works on Your Behalf!


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. More than 80% of your membership dues support education, research and legislative action on your behalf. Your paid membership helps to sustain the beekeeping industry and hobby we all love. The ABF offers six different levels of membership to match your operation.


"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


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Membership Types & Dues Schedule


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Membership Type Annual Dues
Small-Scale
Up to 25 Colonies or Scientist, Student
$60
Sideliner
26 to 299 Colonies
$125
Commercial
300 to 1,499 Colonies
$300
President's Club
1,500 to 1,999 Colonies or Queen Breeder, Package Bees, Nuc Producer, Commercial Honey Importer, Bee Supply Dealer
$500
President's Club Silver
2,000 to 2,999 Colonies Membership includes one primary member and one additional member.
$1,000
President's Club Gold
3,000 or More Colonies Membership includes one primary member and two additional members.
$1,500



ABF dues and contributions, except those to the ABF Foundation, are not tax deductible as a charitable contribution. However, they may be deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense, subject to restrictions imposed as a result of ABF lobbying activities. The ABF estimates that the non-deductible portion of your dues and contributions (the portion allocatable to lobbying) is 20%.



Members have access to all ABF programs, including:


ABF Advantage Program
Through the ABF Advantage Program, ABF members enjoy exclusive access to perks, discounts and preferred pricing from the beekeeping industry's leading product suppliers and service providers.


Government Relations & Legislative Activity
While you are busy with your bees, the ABF is keeping tabs on what’s happening in D.C. of special interest to beekeepers and getting the information to you.


On-Demand Beekeeping Education
The ABF Education Committee works year-round to keep members engaged and informed between annual conferences. Our "Conversation with a Beekeeper" online education series offers more than 100 on-demand classes for ABF members to enjoy whenever and wherever you are.


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.


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.


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 Website
Up-to-date information about the ABF, industry news and industry links are posted regularly on the website.


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 website is a great source for information and resources related to the beekeeping industry.


Assisting with Beekeeper's Liability Insurance Program
The ABF has identified and recommends an agency from which you can obtain liability insurance to protect your beekeeping operation in today's litigious society.


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.