Honeybees are a not native to the United States, and are classified as a livestock
species. These helpful pollinators generate honey and wax that can be used for food
and other products. This site will provide helpful information for those interested
in beekeeping as well as established beekeepers.
This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2021-70027-34722.
Beekeeping has been increasing in popularity. Whether you are interested in beekeeping,
or just want to learn more, we are working to provide accessible resources. In general
beekeeping is governed by the Oklahoma Apiary Act, which provides regulations as well as protection for beekeepers. Since bees are
livestock, beekeepers can benefit from USDA farm support programs for registered hives. More detailed resources and contact information are available below.
For questions regarding ODADD apiary complaints, inspections and permits, please contact
Caroline Nelson, ODAFF Hemp, Apiary, & Restricted Use Pesticide Program Administrator at (405) 522-5974.
Introduction to Beekeeping Online Course
This course is designed to help prepare you with the basics of beekeeping.