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We are excited to announce the upcoming Virginia State Beekeepers Meeting is scheduled for October 25-27, 2024.

This event is a must-attend for anyone involved in or interested in beekeeping.

  • Date: October 25-27, 2024
  • Location: To Be Determined (South Western Virginia Region)
  • Schedule: Currently Under Planning

Our team is actively working to organize a comprehensive and engaging program for this gathering. While we are still finalizing the location and the detailed schedule, we assure you that the event will provide a wealth of information, resources, and networking opportunities for beekeepers of all experience levels.

The Virginia State Beekeepers Meeting aims to bring together the beekeeping community to share knowledge, experiences, and the latest advancements in the field. This event will be an ideal platform for both seasoned apiarists and those new to beekeeping to learn, engage, and collaborate.

Upcoming Announcements:

We will be providing updates regarding the event's speakers, workshops, and planned activities. We encourage you to stay informed by regularly visiting our website for the latest information.

We eagerly anticipate your participation in what promises to be an enlightening and enriching experience. Mark your calendars and join us in advancing the practice and appreciation of beekeeping.

Our Mission

The Virginia State Beekeepers Association is dedicated to promoting and preserving the art and science of beekeeping in the state of Virginia.

Our mission is to:

  • Provide effective solutions to the common apiculture problems faced by the members of the Association.
  • Promote the education and adoption of sustainable and productive beekeeping methods throughout the state.
  • Advance both the scientific and practical aspects of apiculture.
  • Cultivate positive relationships with individuals, businesses, and organizations that share a mutual interest in apiculture.
  • Organize events and activities that foster positive relations between Virginia beekeepers and the general public.
  • Encourage the utilization of hive products.

How we serve our members

Twice a year VSBA conducts its biannual meetings consisting of lectures, workshops, vendor displays, Master Beekeeper examinations, and business meetings. VSBA sponsors awards and grants to honey bee researchers and graduate students; and offers a scholarship program for undergraduate students.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization from our board members leading the charge to serve our membership to our conference committee and host clubs planning the biannual meetings and committees dedicated to improving how we can best serve our members throughout Virginia. Our Regional Representatives serve the regions of Virginia as the voice from our many local organizations to the state leadership.

We encourage new, experienced, and aspiring beekeepers to join their local organizations not only for educational opportunities but to be a part of growing our community. 
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Catch the latest Buzz with the VSBA Newsletter! 

VSBA publishes its newsletter, The Commonwealth Buzz four times a year with a wealth of articles from across the state and beyond.  Articles are submitted by executive leadership, our state apiarist and Virginia Agricultural Extension agents.

The VSBA newsletter serves as one of the main sources of communication to its members. If you have exciting news or events happening in your area of Virginia we encourage our members to contact the newsletter editor to submit articles or events for inclusion in the quarterly newsletter. Learn More

Virginia Master Beekeeper Program

The Virginia Master beekeeper program was developed because of the continuing growth of an interest in beekeeping over the last decade. There is a need for competent beekeepers to provide education and assistance to beginning beekeepers and serve in other capacities in our community as experts in beekeeping. The Master Beekeeper program was developed to certify qualified beekeepers to fill this need.

Anyone with an interest in honeybees is invited to participate in this program. All participants must be a member of Virginia State Beekeepers Association to enroll and continue membership to be identified as a VSBA Master Beekeeper. All of the educational offerings to support the program as well as all of the testing are conducted within Virginia. Apprentice, Journeyman and Master Beekeeper written exams as well as the Master lab testing and face to face interviews are only held during the membership conferences. Exam and Testing times will be announced prior to each membership conference. Learn More

Click here for volunteer application

We are always looking for volunteers on any committee and to run for office during elections. If you think you would be a great addition to the team email us at

Donations to VSBA go to furthering educational resources for beekeepers, Honey bee research, Environmental preservation and to help aspiring beekeepers.

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