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ADK – New Beekeeper

The USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant allows OSBA to provide up to 700 complimentary Apiary Diagnostic Kits to new Ohio Beekeepers to help increase their monitoring skills.

Eligibility requirements for new Ohio Beekeepers:
  • Have taken and completed a 2018 or later beginner beekeeping class.   Proof of class is required unless we have a class list provided by your instructor.  The class must be at least 4 hours long provided by a local beekeeping association in Ohio, or at least 6 hour class given by other organizations.   The class may take place over multiple days.
  • Proof of current Ohio Apiary Registration apiary registration certificate issued by the Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • Proof of Woodenware (complete hive) or Bee purchase (receipt for purchase of bees or equipment)
  • Commitment to fill out short online monthly surveys throughout 2018 and 2019 regarding your hive visits.
If you meet all these requirements, we welcome you to sign up for the Apiary Diagnostic Kit.

If you do not qualify for a complimentary kit, Kits are for sale at

The number of available kits is limited.  Completing the sign up does not guarantee you will be approved for a kit.  

To sign up for a complimentary kit, please complete the survey here.

This project was financed in part or totally through a grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the State of Ohio and the United States Department of Agriculture under the provisions of the Specialty Crop Block Grant.   This project was supported by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture through grant 16SCBGPOH0028. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.