Certified Honey Application

To apply for Wisconsin Certified Honey status, the applicant completes the Certified Honey Application form, submits the lab test results, and a $50 application fee to Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The DATCP will provide written notice of acceptance or rejection of the application to the applicant. An accepted application is good until December 31 of the next odd-numbered year. A successful applicant can use the “Wisconsin Certified Honey” wording on any label they choose to make. WHPA will provide members of the logo in electronic format once the application has been approved. Contact Tim Fulton for the logo file at [email protected].

The law and the rules do not charge DATCP with creating any kind of testing program to prove or disprove whether honey is meeting the standard of identity. The law does allow a private lawsuit by a person who suffers damages as a result of violation of the honey standard. The law also allows DATCP to take action against a person who violates the honey standard or misuses the Wisconsin Certified Honey wording.

The labs below preform the Stable Carbon Isotope Ratio analysis which is required for certification. Neither of these companies is endorsed by DATCP or WHPA.  They are listed only because they are known to provide such testing. Other labs that offer the Stable Carbon Isotope Ratio analysis may be used.

The estimated the lab analysis costs are about $250.
Link to DATCP contact information
Potential licensees would need to contact the Licensing Specialists for a copy of the application; their number is (608) 224-4923 which is a voicemail system, they return calls within 24 hours or less.

Upcoming WHPA Events



Saturday, February 17 9:00am  SOUTHWESTERN DISTRICT – Location: Phoenix Center, 100 S. Orange Street (Hwy 14) Richland Center, WI 8:00am Registration – $10/person includes lunch for members/$15 for non-members. Meeting Speakers: Gunner Bernning, 2018 Wisconsin Youth Beekeeper telling us how he got started beekeeping. Lexi Gegare, WI Honey Princess. Strong Microbials will be sharing new ideas on bee health. Door prizes and silent auction. Lunch and Breakout sessions. Business meeting. Call to RSVP. Contact: Shelly Astle 608.489.2456

Saturday, March 3 10:00am  CENTRAL DISTRICT – Location: McMillan Memorial Library – 490 East Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin Rapids, WI Agenda: State bee inspector Dan Ziehli will discuss mite checking and treatments, foulbrood and other diseases and working with veterinarians. There will be a report on the ABF convention, overwintering reports, spring management and short business meeting. Breakout sessions for new and experienced beekeepers. Contact: Dayton Kauth 715.886.4030 or [email protected]

Sunday, March 4 1:00pm   NORTHEASTERN DISTRICT Location:  Mosquito Hill Nature Center N3880 Rogers Road, New London, WI Directions: Located just off US Hwy 45 and Hwy 54 Program includes overwintering report and presentation by Slava Strogolov on Strong Microbials; Honey sampling from around the world; WHPA updates; Q & A Session. Bring snacks for break session. Contact: Dan Piechowski 920.566.4132

Friday, March 9 6:00-9:00pm    WESTERN DISTRICT- 1st meeting Exploring Beekeeping no cost to attend Location:  Myrick Park Center 789 Myrick Park Dr. La Crosse, WI

Saturday, March 10 9:00am-4:00pm   WESTERN DISTRICT – 2nd Meeting Location:  Myrick Park Center 789 Myrick Park Dr. La Crosse, WI. Guest Speaker: Michael Bush of Bush Bee Farm Topics to Include: Treatment-Free Beekeeping, Natural Cell Beekeeping, Steps to Healthier Bees Bee Colony as a Whole System Fee for Saturday—$25 INCLUDES LUNCH Contact: Tony Bowers 608.272.3998

Saturday, March 10 9:30am SOUTHEASTERN DISTRICT Location:  MPTC, 2151 N. Main Street, West Bend (enter in Door L2) Doors open 8:30am Registration: $5 includes pizza lunch Speakers include Thelma Baker, conservation biocontrol specialist; State Bee Inspector Dan Ziehli; WI Honey Princess Lexi Gegare. Contact: Don Thill 262.689.2076

Saturday, March 10   9:00am  NORTHERN DISTRICT Location:  Saron Lutheran Church, 517 9th Ave West, Ashland Lunch: Potluck please bring a dish to pass. Approve Fall minutes; Treasurers Report; Overwintering Report; Membership; Farm & Garden Show April 14, 2018; Bee Package Ordering update; Loaner Program; Social Media; News: WHPA Summer meeting; Set fall meeting date. Guest Speaker Contact: Jackie Eid 715.209.6762

Saturday, March 17 8:30am-2:00pm     SOUTHERN DISTRICT   Location: Milton High School Auditorium, 114 W High Street    Milton, WI Host Cub: Rock County Beekeepers Speakers/Agenda: 9:00am Awards and Recognition 9:30am–12 pm Marla Spivak, PhD., Director of the University of Minnesota Bee Lab–Dr. Spivak will be speaking about exciting honey bee research taking place at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab 12pm-12:45pm Lunch: Hot Dogs and chips lunch provided by a local group at a reasonable cost 12:45-1:30pm Dan Ziehli, Southern Wisconsin Apiary Inspector 1:30-2:00pm Open Discussion Contact: Tim Wilbanks 319.321.2494

Saturday, March 17 10:00am    NORTHWESTERN DISTRICT  Location:  Knapp Community Center, Knapp, WI. Doors open at 9:30 am — meeting starts at 10:00 am Speakers: Matt LaForge WHPA Vice President; Hannah Sjostrom WI Honey Queen; Winter reports; Business meeting. Please bring a dish to pass and items for Queen’s Auction Contact: John Spate 715.874.6454





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