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James Theuri
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
1650 Commerce Drive
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Phone: 7087057701
FAX: 815-933-8532

David Shiley
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
122 S Walnut St
Arthur, IL 61911
Phone: 217-543-3755
FAX: 217-543-3757




This is where lots of additional beekeeping information is that didn't fit anywhere else

  • Application for Apiary Registration - Illinois
    In compliance with the Illinois Bees and Apiaries Act, every person keeping bees must register with the Illinois Department of Agriculture. There is no charge for registration.

  • Beekeeping 101
    Beginning information on bees and beekeeping; general knowledge, equipment requirements, and resources. By: James Theuri, Extension Educator.

  • Beekeeping in the Midwest
    This publication includes information about insecticides, chemicals, drugs, and other materials whose usage is regulated by state and federal agencies. Every effort has been made to provide information that is current and correct as of the date of publication. However, the status of some materials is not clear, and that of others may change at any time. Anyone using regulated materials, or planning to do so, should read and follow the label directions. If there is any question about the use of such materials, contact the extension apiculturist or extension entomologist in your state, or the local extension adviser or county agent. Beekeeping periodicals often include announcements about changes in the accepted uses of regulated materials by beekeepers. So that the information in this publication may be more easily understood, trade names of products or equipment have been used in place of complicated descriptions or chemical identification. No endorsement of named products is intended, nor is criticism implied of similar products that are not mentioned.

  • Bees Profile
    2012 Publication from the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. Written by Ray Hansen, Iowa State University.

  • BeeSpotter
    BeeSpotter is a partnership between citizen-scientists and the professional science community designed to educate the public about pollinators by engaging them in a data collection effort of importance to the nation. It is a web-based portal at the University of Illinois for learning about honey bees and bumble bees and for contributing data to a nationwide effort to baseline information on population status of these insects.

  • Best Management Practices for Beekeepers
    Project Apis m. and the Managed Pollinator Coordinated Agricultural Project November 30, 2010

  • Broodmapper: Honey Bee Development and Citizen Science (Fig. 2) is an interactive environment where you can learn to identify different stages of brood development and cell contents as you perform citizen science. Reed Johnson at The Ohio State University OARDC is investigating Miticide and Fungicide Interactions (Johnson 2011) and their effect on honey bee brood survival and development. As a part of that study, is used to determine the cell contents using photographs of combs from experimental colonies. Anyone can volunteer to help identify the cell contents in these photographs and hone their skills in inspecting colonies.

  • Driftwatch - National Speciality Crop Site Registry
    DriftWatch™ is a tool for identifying specialty crop sites and to further enhance communications between producers of specialty crops and pesticide applicators that promote awareness and stewardship activities to help prevent and manage drift effects that sometimes occur from spray operations.

  • Gene Robinson, expert on honey bee behavior, genomics and biology
    The mysterious syndrome that is killing off honey bees, called Colony Collapse Disorder, has recently gotten worse. Commercial beekeepers reported bigger losses of honey bee hives in 2012 than ever before. University of Illinois entomologist and Institute for Genomic Biology director Gene Robinson, an expert on honey bee behavior, genomics and biology, describes the advances scientists have made in understanding the causes of CCD.

  • Got Pumpkin Pie? Thank a Bee!
    Would pumpkin pie be as plentiful without the diligent efforts of pumpkin-pollinating bees? USDA Agricultural Research Service.

  • Illinois Bees & Apiaries Rules
    Rules and Regulations relating to the Bees and Apiaries Act; registration, colony ID, inspection, equipment, diseases, permits, and quarantines.

  • The Robinson Laboratory
    Honey Bee Research at the University of Illinois

  • U.S. Drought monitor

  • USDA and EPA Release New Report on Honey Bee Health
    Released May 2, 2013. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health.

  • USDA Illinois Bees and Apiaries Program
    Assists beekeepers throughout Illinois with the management and protection of honeybee colonies.