Texas Honey Bee Education Association

aka THBEA   |   Thrall, TX   |  www.thbea.com

Mission

To enhance and expand the awareness of the contribution of honey bees to agriculture and to society, to create additional appreciation and interest in the profession of beekeeping through studies in technical and scientific subjects, to strengthen beekeepers' skills through education programs, to provide resources for continuing bee research particularly in areas which will advance bee culture, improve pollination, and conserve biodiversity.

Ruling year info

2016

Director and Chairman

Roger D Farr

Main address

400 County Road 440

Thrall, TX 76578 USA

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EIN

81-3124041

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (K12)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (K05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (D05)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Honeybees are important pollinators and their work is responsible for approximately 30% of the world's food production. Some crops, such as almonds, are nearly 100% pollinated by honeybees and over 80% of the managed bee colonies are transported to California each year to pollinate the almond blossoms. Honeybees are under significant survival pressure and year-on-year colony losses average 30% per year. Beekeepers are able to make up losses, but have been unable to significantly increase the number of managed hives in the US. Beekeeper education will help ensure the transfer of technology from laboratory to field and will influence beekeeping practices. Honey bee research will yield further insights to combat: 1) Queen bee mortality, 2) Varroa mite parisititis, 3) Lack of honey bee forage, and 4) Pesticide and herbicide induced death or impairment.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Assisting Texas beekeepers affected by the 2017 weather events in Texas

THBEA seeks to assist affected beekeepers in the 39 Texas counties declared by FEMA. This assistance is in the form of grants to purchase discounted nucleus hives from designated suppliers. The grant application period ends 15 March 2018.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is to:
1) support honey bee research,
2) improve beekeeper education, and
3) advance public awareness of honey bees.

Our efforts are focused now on improving beekeeper education. We have the following programs in development or already underway:
1) Development and production of guide to assist new beekeepers in Texas implement good management practices for honeybees.
2) Grant support to fund the Texas Honey Queen program which seeks to educate the general public and beekeepers on the importance of honeybees.
3) Support to Texas beekeeping associations, with 1300 total beekeepers, to improve the quality and quantity of educational opportunities available to their members.
4) Support to Texas beekeeping associations to encourage and promote programs to involve more young (age 13-21) beginning beekeepers.

The organization started in 2016.

During 2017 we began fund raising and developed the organization's structure, policies, and procedures.

In 2018 we developed in-house capability to produce materials, and awarded two grants totalling approximately $17,000.

In 2019 we sought and received additional donations from the beekeeping community and from private grant-making organizations. We used this money to make make additional grants and fund projects to advance beekeeper education.

In 2020 we began to fund research ($1500), youth education ($13500), beekeeper education ($1000), public education ($3000) programs. We've also increased our funding flexibility by adding the ability to receive marketable securities. Lastly we're partnering with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to sponsor a honey bee-themed specialty license which we anticipate will significantly increase our donation funding and provide a sustainable future base.

November 2019 – THBEA awards a $12,000 grant to the Texas Beekeepers Association to partially fund the Texas Honey Queen Program from November 2019 to January 2021.

November 2019 - THBEA awards $1500 to three TBA-member beekeeping associations for the development and implementation of a youth beekeeping program within their association.

June 2020 - THBEA awards $1550 to five research and advocacy organizations to benefit honey bee and pollinator research.

November 2018 – THBEA awards $12,000 grant to the Texas Beekeepers Association to fund the Texas Honey Queen Program from November 2018 to January 2020.

February 2018 – THBEA grants awards to Texas beekeepers affected by the 2017 weather events

What's next -
We anticipate additional grants in 2020 to the Honey Queen Program and to Youth Education Programs.

We expect to publish our new information pamphlet,"You Can Help Texas Honey Bees!" and begin distribution of the 10,000 copies.

Lastly, we've just launched our TxDMV specialty plate - "Love Honey Bees" and expect this to generate significant income in 2021 for future research and education projects.

Financials

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Texas Honey Bee Education Association

Board of directors
as of 9/4/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Roger Farr

Leesa Hyder

Chris Moore

Chris Doggett

Rebecca Vaughan

Terry Wright

Ashley Ralph

John Swan

Barbi Rose

Roger Farr