It is important that beekeepers have their bees registered and inspected as required by law. The American Society of Beekeepers' free on-line class, Intermediate Beekeeping 201, suggests some excellent steps to follow when working with your state's apiary inspection programs. Lesson Five states: All states have laws regarding apiary inspection. The regulatory body is usually the Department of Agriculture
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Table of Contents
State Inspection Programs 1
Beekeeping Income Sources 4
Beekeeper's Insurance 5
Organic Apiculture Standards 5
Africanized Hybrid Bees 6
Honey Bee Diseases 13
Educational and Training Opportunities 14
Further Resources 18
and some division within it. Some states have full time staff to handle an apiary section and others do not. When moving bees from one state to another, inspection of bees is regulated by the receiving state. Many require previous inspection before arrival and will do follow-up inspections once the bees are located within the new state. If you are planning to make a business of selling queens, bees, or moving bees for pollination, then it is very important to understand the laws in the states you are dealing with
It is important therefore to know who has the responsibility to inspect your bees and under what conditions the inspection is done. Inspecting bees is a nice job. One must deal with all kinds of problems: First, angry beekeepers (not their bees). Bee inspectors are people just like you and me. If treated with respect, they will respect you as well. Their job is to find disease. If your bees have disease and you don't know it, then they have done you a good service by pointing the disease out to you. On the other hand, they may require treatment of the bees, which you do not agree with. Make sure you understand the law before sounding off on the bee inspector — it is not his/her fault that he/she found disease in your bees. However, you have a right to ask that samples be taken and sent to the Beltsville USDA lab for confirmation of the disease. (American Society of Beekeepers, No date-a) [See instructions on how to ship bees to Beltsville in Appendix: Beltsville Free Bee Diagnostic Service].
An all-state (and Canadian provincial) State Apiarist Directory, which includes state bee inspectors, other regulatory officials with apicul-tural responsibilities, and other professional api-cultural specialists, is available on-line at <http:/ /www.mda.state.mn.us/ams/apiary/directory .htm>.
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The information in this book is useful to anyone wanting to start beekeeping as a hobby or a business. It was written for beginners. Those who have never looked into beekeeping, may not understand the meaning of the terminology used by people in the industry. We have tried to overcome the problem by giving explanations. We want you to be able to use this book as a guide in to beekeeping.