Apiary Inspection Program

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets' Apiary Inspection Program works to ensure that Vermont beekeepers comply with the Vermont Apiary Law as described in 6 V.S.A. Chapter 172 of the Vermont Statutes.  This law only requires all hives to be registered with the Agency. The duty of the apiary inspector, however, has evolved into one that now emphasizes technical assistance and education as well as the regulatory component, and 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.