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  1. #1
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    Jul 2009
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    Randleman, NC, USA
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    Default Do I need a license to sell honey?

    I was wondering if I needed a license to sell excess honey as a hobbyst?

  2. #2
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    Vincent, Alabama, USA
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    Default Re: Do I need a license to sell honey?

    My town's attorney (I asked him the same question at church a few months ago) said "no", as long as I don't advertise myself as a business. Laws differ from state to state, though, and I hear that the Feds are looking at some type of regulation (a polite word for unnecessary interference with the contents of my wallet) ......

  3. #3
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    Batesville, Arkansas, USA
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    Default Re: Do I need a license to sell honey?

    If you can't find anything specific, Google search. See if your state's Agri Extension Agency has an Extension apiculturist. Surely they do; even poor little Arkansas does and he had the answers when I asked about sales and labels. (Here a hobbyist can sell up to 500# and be exempt from Health Dept. rules)

    If you sell any honey, look into getting a hobby farmer or similar insurance rider to give you some lawsuit protection. (about $40/yr)

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Do I need a license to sell honey?

    Thanks, I will check to find out how to get in touch with him.
    I have a general umbrella policy that I was counting on covering any liabilitys.

  5. #5
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    Sawyer, Michigan, USA
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    Default Re: Do I need a license to sell honey?

    In Michigan you don’t need a food license if you sell honey from your home. The only requirement is you have to label the bottles with a name and contact information like a phone number or location and the weigh. And you cannot buy someone else’s honey and put your label on the bottle.
    The Busy Bee teaches two lessons: One is not to be idle and the other is not to get stung.

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