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Abstract: This publication discusses various aspects of beekeeping or apiculture, including state inspection programs, beginning basics, income sources and budgets, insurance, Africanized bees, organic certification, andvarious bee pests and diseases. Information on educational and training opportunities and further resources arealso discussed.
This publication is intended as a guide for anyone inter-ested in beginning or expanding a beekeeping enterprise.Whether the bees are kept as pollinators for crops or for theincome from their products, producers need to be aware oftheir states’ apiary laws concerning inspection, registration,and permits, as well as labeling and marketing standards.Producers also need to be aware of pesticide applicationlaws and pesticide notification laws relative to bees. Bothbeginning and experienced beekeepers need to consider li-ability insurance; the possibility of Africanized hybrid beestaking over the hives; and all the pests and diseases thatafflict bees and their colonies.To maintain a healthy hive and guard against the newpests and diseases that have been introduced in recent years,beekeepers need to continually monitor new developmentsin apiculture. The
section of this publi-cation lists many websites, USDA Research Facilities, peri-odicals, associations, and books with information on all as-pects of beekeeping.
State Inspection Programs
It is important that beekeepers have their bees reg-istered and inspected as required by law. The Ameri-can Society of Beekeepers’ free on-line class, Intermedi-ate Beekeeping 201, suggests some excellent steps tofollow when working with your state’s apiary inspec-tion programs. Lesson Five states:
All states have laws regarding apiary inspection. Theregulatory body is usually the Department of Agriculture
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