Apiary Program (honey bees)

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 Apiary Program serves in the role of both an extension outreach education service and the regulatory authority for the enforcement of laws and regulations that pertain to honey beekeeping in the Commonwealth. To accomplish these tasks, the Apiary 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. When possible, the program also takes on undergraduate student interns during the summer months to assist the team in accomplishing these tasks.
Image credits:  Apis mellifera, honey bees (Kim Skyrm)

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