Maryland & Howard County Regulations
Apiary Inspection Contacts
Maintaining healthy honey bee colonies is very important to Maryland agriculture. Crops valued in excess of $40 million require or benefit from honey bee pollination in the State. Managed colonies are increasingly important since most wild honey bees have died due to parasitic mites.
USDA Beltsville Bee Lab
(Beltsville Bee Lab and submitting samples)
The mission of the Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville is to conduct research on the biology and control of honey bee parasites, diseases, and pests to ensure an adequate supply of bees for pollination and honey production. Using biological, molecular, chemical and non-chemical approaches, scientists are developing new, cost-effective strategies for controlling parasitic mites like Varroa, bacterial diseases like American foulbrood, and emergent pests like the small hive beetle. An additional focus of the Laboratory is to develop preservation techniques for honey bee germplasm to maintain genetic diversity and superior honey bee stock. Bee Research Laboratory staff also provides authoritative identification of bee diseases and pests for Federal and State regulatory agencies and beekeepers on a worldwide basis. As part of its mission, the Bee research Lab will perform diagnosis on honey bees. Please read the procedure for submitting samples.
Submission of Samples for Diagnosis:
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Under the Supervision of
ADRIAN D. KOWALSKY, CLIFTON W. ANDERSON, DENNIS M. DOUGHERTY,
MICHELE K. SKARVELIS AND ALICE E. ESTES
F. Carvel Payne
Director, State Department of Legislative Reference
1985 Replacement Volume
Including Acts of the 1985 Session and annotations taken from
the Atlantic Reporter. Second Series. Volume 490 (p. 983)
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Subtitle 5. Honey Bees.
§ 5-501. Definitions.
(a) In general. -- In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.
(b) Abandoned apiary. -- "Abandoned apiary." means an apiary, where a beekeeper fails to maintain a colony.
(c) Apiary. v. -- "Apiary" means a place where one or more bee colonies may be maintained.
(d) Appliance. --"Appliance" means any device used in handling bees. hives, honey, or wax.