My two colonies are registered with the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture. The registration fee was $ 5.00 . For that I get an inspection by the County Bee inspector . There is hardly a better deal to be found anywhere. Since I'm a beginner, the inspector took his time and explained to me everything he was doing and what he was looking for in a bee hive.
Where else can you get training by an expert for $ 2.50 an hour?

I wish all my dealings with government agents could be like that.

There were some mites in the hives, so I'm treating for that now.