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.

Apiary inspectors work with beekeepers to help them maintain healthy colonies. Inspectors visit about two-thirds of Maryland's apiaries (sites where bee colonies are kept) each year and examine colonies for diseases and pests. Beekeepers are advised on how to treat problems found. To request an inspection of your honey bee colonies e-mail Jerry Fischer. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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Maryland Regulation

Prepared by the Editorial Staff of the Publishers

Under the Supervision of

ADRIAN D. KOWALSKY, CLIFTON W. ANDERSON, DENNIS M. DOUGHERTY,

MICHELE K. SKARVELIS AND ALICE E. ESTES

Consultant

F. Carvel Payne

Director, State Department of Legislative Reference

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1985 Replacement Volume

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Including Acts of the 1985 Session and annotations taken from

the Atlantic Reporter. Second Series. Volume 490 (p. 983)

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THE MICHIE COMPANY

Law Publishers

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA

1985 
 

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.
 

 

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Howard County Beekeepers Association Inc.

(A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization)

Our purpose is to promote honey beekeeping in Howard County, Md by providing a forum in which current honey beekeepers may become more knowledgeable of best practices and the public can become more, and accurately, informed on the benefits of honey bees.