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The Northern Queen Initiative 501(c)(3), is organized to educate and train beekeepers in queen rearing techniques. We seek to improve the value and production of locally adapted survivor stock queens while focusing on mite-resistance and temperament.


The NQI will provide education and training for interested beekeepers to raise queen bees while improving genetics. The NQI provides all beekeepers with opportunities to participate in queen improvement through a queen rearing program.

Training is focused on proven techniques with access to breeding stock that thrives in Northern cold climates, exhibits good honey production, possesses a calm temperament, and are mite resistant.

Certified Queen Breeders

Certified Queen Breeders actively select for and commit to annually produce a minimum number of queens using NQI selection protocols for NQI purposes. New breeder queens are made available annually to Breeders that report required records and distribution royalties. Certified Queen Breeders are voting members of the initiative .

Queen Rearers

Queen Rearers purchase stock from NQI Certified Queen Breeders or NQI designated stock. They assist in the raising, mating, and distribution of queens. Queen Rearers are encouraged to attend training opportunities and initiate an NQI genetic selection program in their own apiaries. Queen Rearers are encouraged to become Certified Queen Breeders. Queen Rearers are not voting members of the initiative.

Are you in a Northern State and Interested in Joining the NQI as a breeder or grafter? You can click here and email us!

Would you like to contribute to the Northern Queen Initiative and it’s efforts?

We are a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit and tax exempt. Your donations are considered charitable donations. We use PayPal to process donations as they offer non-profits discounts on credit and transaction processing fees. You may also write a check and send it to “Northern Queen Initiative”, 11126 Wayne Rd., Romulus, MI. 48174

You may also scan the QR Code Below to Donate.

NQI Executive Board

James Lee
Email: President@northernqueeninitiative.com
Phone: 734-377-8720
James Lee’s Bees
Vice President
Matthew Kobe
Phone: 517-861-6782
Kobe Apiaries
Brad Coultier
Email: Secretary@nothernqueeninitiative.com
Phone: 217-306-5341
Decatur Ridge Apiaries
Tommy Sutphin
Email: Treasurer@nothernqueeninitiative.com
Phone: 734-299-6578

NQI Non-Discriminations Policy

The Northern Queen Initiative 501(c)(3) does not unlawfully discriminate internally (in its administrative and program operations) or externally (in provision of services) on the basis of race, political orientation, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, or mental or physical disability or any other status prohibited by applicable law.

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