Apiary Program (honey bees)

MDAR’s Apiary Program mission is to promote and sustain apiculture and honey bee health 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. The Apiary Program offers the following services:

• Inspect, sample and monitor for pests, pathogens and parasites
• Prevent establishment of new pests, pathogens, parasites, and invasives
• Issue permits for interstate movement
• Investigate incidences of colony death
• Participate in the national USDA APHIS Honey Bee Survey
• Provide technical assistance, continuing education and outreach
• Communicate with local, regional and national stakeholders and beekeeping associations
• Promote beekeeping industry through marketing of honey producers
• Manage State Apiaries.

To perform these services, 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. To obtain additional information and support, please contact the Apiary Program via email: bees@mass.gov or phone: 617-626-1801.
Image credits:  Apis mellifera, honey bees (Kim Skyrm)
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