Texas Honey Queen

Through the Texas Honey Queen Program, the Texas Honey Queen serves as an official representative of the Texas Beekeepers Association (“TBA”) to educate the public on all aspects of bees, honey, and the beekeeping industry. The Texas Honey Queen is selected annually from qualified candidates at the TBA convention in the fall of each year. The Texas Honey Queen Program is under the direction of TBA and is funded by donations from individuals and organizations that support the purpose of the Program.

2023 Texas Honey Queen Program – Now Accepting Applications

Applications are NOW OPEN for the 2022-2023 Texas Honey Queen Program. As an official representative of the Texas Beekeepers Association, our program participants are given the opportunity to travel across Texas to speak and educate about the amazing creature the honey bee. This program has helped participants to build confidence, build their network and connections in and out of the beekeeping community, and experience unique opportunities throughout the State of Texas. As a small token of appreciation, the Texas Honey Queen is awarded a gift of $3,000 upon completion of their service program.

TBA Youth Ambassador Program

Know a youth age 13-18 interested in bees and beekeeping?

The Texas Beekeepers Association now has a Youth Ambassador Program! Teens will receive training in bees and beekeeping in order to engage with their community and support a bee themed project of their choice. At the completion of the program, Ambassadors will receive a $500 scholarship.

Applications are due June 1, 2023. Apply for 2023 at: https://forms.gle/TppCHWLd9hYmenkDA

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2022 Texas Honey Queen

Marie Yanchak

“My favorite fact about honey bees has to be that the generalist bees that overwinter with the queen live so much longer than the workers that exhibit age polyethism in the spring. While this may not be the most flashy or interesting fact about honey bees, to me it says so much about how honey bees have perfected what they do. A worker that is born in March works for 6 weeks straight and lives a hundred different lives with all of the jobs she carries out in her life, and then she forages until her wings can’t take her anymore. The same worker, if she had been born in late fall could have lived a relatively cushy life through January. It is a perfect example of how specialized and brilliant honey bees are.”
Marie Yanchak

As a student at Texas A&M University, Marie is currently pursuing a double major in Entomology and Agricultural Leadership and Development. With background experience in beekeeping both professionally at a commercial apiary and as a hobbyist, she continues to learn more about honey bees each day.

The last decade of Marie’s life have revolved around agriculture in some way or another.

She enjoys communicating the importance of agriculture to others, and uses her communication skills to help promote and advocate for honey bees and the beekeeping industry. She enjoys connecting people to honey by helping consumers learn how to support local beekeepers and buy real, local honey.We are thrilled to have Marie as an advocate for bees and a partner of the Texas Beekeepers Association.

Previous Honey Queens

The Texas Beekeepers Association and its members cannot begin to show their gratitude for the personal sacrifices and service that our previously crowned Honey Queens have provided to our association.  Their tireless efforts, miles traveled, children educated, presentations given, and honey recipes crafted would exhaust the normal person.  Please provide a donation to their Texas Honey Queen Fund if you agree. (Donations will be processed through the Texas Honey Bee Education Association (THBEA), in a new tab/window.)

Scroll through the photos of these magnificent and beautiful ladies to the right.  Think about how you can continue their efforts today. Small wild plum, March 2, 2011, Terry Fender


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