Bee on a flower

MDAR’s Apiary Program has been established to promote and sustain apiculture in the Commonwealth by providing support to honey beekeepers, pesticide applicators, farmers, land managers, educators, regulators and government officials. The Program is comprised of a team of highly trained and knowledgeable staff consisting of a Chief Inspector and full-time seasonal inspectors located throughout the state. Inspectors perform the following services upon request:

  • Inspect, sample and monitor honey bees (Apis mellifera) and hive equipment for pest, parasites and pathogens.
  • Prevent establishment of new pests, parasites, pathogens, and Africanized honey bees (Apis mellifera scutellata) through imported bees and hive equipment.
  • Investigate suspected honey bee kills from pesticides and pathogen spillover from American Foul Brood (Paenibacillus larvae).
  • Provide technical assistance, continuing education, and outreach to all audiences on topics related to honey bee biology, hive management, and pollination.
  • Issue permits for interstate movement of honey bees and hive equipment.
  • Promote honey beekeepers and the local beekeeping industry through marketing of Massachusetts-produced hive products. Survey here. doc format of Massachusetts Farm Marketing Survey
  • Communicate with local, regional and national audiences to stay current on trends in honey bee health, management techniques and treatment options.
  • Inspect, sample and monitor honey bees (Apis mellifera) and hive equipment for pest, parasites and pathogens. Apiary Inspection form here pdf format of Apiary Inspection Request form

MDAR Seeks Public Comment on the State Pollinator Protection Plan

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is seeking public comment on the state Pollinator Protection Plan pdf format of Pollinator Protection Plan - Draft
. Please note that this document is a draft and will be finalized after a comment review period. Comments can be sent to the following email address: Kim.Skyrm@state.ma.us with the subject line "Pollinator Plan Comments". The extended deadline for the Pollinator Plan comments is April 30, 2016.

The following listening sessions have been scheduled throughout the state for stakeholders who wish to provide public comments in person on the Pollinator Protection Plan draft:

  • Monday - March 7 - Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Road Westborough (Southeast conference room 108) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday -March 16 - 100 Cambridge St., Boston, Conference room D (2nd floor behind security), 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday - March 17 - Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Road Westborough (Southeast conference room 108) 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Monday -March 21 - Bristol County Ag High School Library, 135 Center Street, Dighton, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday - March 22 - Topsfield Fairgrounds, Coolidge Hall - 207 Boston Street, Topsfield, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday - March 23 - MDAR Office - 101 University Dr., Amherst, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday - April 28 - Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St, Topsfield, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

 Massachusetts Honey Bee Hive Survey - 2015

This survey was created by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) to serve as a tool for Massachusetts honey beekeepers to share data on hive losses that occurred during the 2015 season. Participation in this survey is voluntary. Responses will be analyzed by MDAR Apiary Program staff, who will then provide a summary of results to the beekeeping community this winter.

Contact Information

Kim Skyrm, Ph.D.
Chief Apiary Inspector/Apiary Program Coordinator
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
251 Causeway Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA  02114
email: Kim.Skyrm@state.ma.us

Office: Amherst 413-548-1905; Boston 617-626-1801
Fax: Amherst 413-548-1901; Boston 617-626-1850

Address for bee samples:

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
Attention: Kim Skyrm
101 University Dr
Suite C-4
Amherst, MA  01002