I'm starting an apprenticeship to go into being a master beekeeper. I have 2 Warre Hives and am starting my first Kenyan Top Bar Hive. One of the leaders at our club says that if I want to be in the master beekeeper program, I need to use Langstroth because the inspectors won't approve the Kenyan Top Bar Hives because of USDA rules. Is this true? Does USDA require framed hives? Where would I go to get the rules on USDA concerning the construction of a hive? Has anyone had experience with USDA inspectors and the KTBH?
Thanks a lot,