Apiary Program

Apiary Inspection 

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets' Apiary Inspection Program works to ensure that Vermont beekeepers comply with the Vermont Apiary Law.   

The duties of the apiary inspector emphasize technical assistance and education as well as the regulatory component. Specific activities performed by this inspector include:

  • Provide technical assistance to beekeepers to maintain healthy, productive hives.
  • Inspect bee hives for the presence of diseases and pests.
  • Coordinate sellers and buyers of honey, bees wax, bees and other hive products.
  • Assist VT beekeepers in getting State and Federal approval of new mite control materials.
  • Provide judging for honey and honey products at Fairs and Field Days.
  • Assist fruit and vegetable growers with securing honey bees to pollinate crops.
  • Work with apiculture officials in other states and at the Federal level on honey bee related issues.
  • Issue Health Certificates to beekeepers moving bees out of state, if needed.
  • Present talks to beekeepers, schools, and civic groups about honey bees and pollination.

Apiary Registration

As required by Vermont Statute, Title 6, Chapter 172, it is the duty of every person having one or more colonies of bees in their possession or under their control to report the location of such colonies. It is essential that apiary inspectors know the locations of all colonies of bees in Vermont in order to effectively control honey bee diseases and pests.

Apiary Registration Form

 

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.2431
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory               802.522.3502
  • Food Safety & Consumer Protection                        802.828.2426
    • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
    • Dairy                              802.828.2433
    • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures        802.828.2433
    • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Farmer Assistance                    802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431