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  1. #1
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    Default Florida Beekeeper Registration

    For all that have asked about registration . . .
    Please print the application, sign, date, and return it back to the address highlighted in yellow along with your check in the amount of $10.00, payable to FDACS (please put for bee registration in the notes section of your check).

    http://www.freshfromflorida.com/onestop/forms/08176.pdf

    Once it is received in the Gainesville office, a registration number will be assigned and you should receive your new beekeeper’s packet within two weeks. Certificates are processed ever Friday and mailed the following week.

    If you have any questions, or if we may be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us. If you have any questions you may contact me at (352) 372-3505 or you may e-mail me directly at gary.vancleef@freshfromflorida.com .

    We are providing you with a couple of websites that should be of use to you concerning Florida’s laws regarding beekeeping and registration. The Division’s website is http://www.freshfromflorida.com/pi/p...ry/apiary.html and the University of Florida’s website is http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/afbee/ . We are sure you will find them a wealth of information.

    We are now in a unique situation. Code enforcement is looking for unregistered beekeepers to fine.
    We wish you the best!
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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    There is a graduated fee schedule.
    By signing the application the beekeeper agrees to comply with appropriate rules of the department. Each application for registration (DACS-08176) or renewal of registration must be accompanied by the proper registration fee based on the total number of colonies operated by the registrant as follows:
    Number of Colonies Fee
    1 – 5 $10
    6 – 40 $20
    41 – 200 $40
    201 – 500 $70
    501 – more $100
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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    I'm curious to know how the Florida Department of Agriculture is making registration seem like a good thing for beekeepers to do (other than by legally requiring it)?

    Here in Maine, we have one inspector for the entire state - this year he had an assistant. And they do a great job - inspecting migratory hives coming in for pollination, teaching bee schools, inspecting hives for hobbyists (like me), working with our board of pesticide control, and teaching the predators/pests segments of most bee schools.

    I rate the job they do at A+, but wonder about what more they could do with a larger staff: There are many hobbyists who don't have a reasonable incentive to register their colonies, and then there are the issues of honey purity/sales (current regs are not often enforced) and the use of novel/unapproved medications in hives.

    I hate the idea that there are laws on the books that are not enforced. Is the push for registrations in Florida an attempt at a money grab, or is an attempt to get more beekeepers into the system? And I know you've got Africanization worries that we don't. (for the most part)

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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    If Maine had more Apiary Inspectors they would be able to inspect more migratory colonies. They would have to inspect more resident beehives to justify employing them. Those Inspectors would be seasonally employed too. I believe Tony Jadszack is employed full time, but I don't knwo what he does during the time of year in which bees can't be inspected.

    Tony has been at this a long time. I hope he is bringing someone along to replace him when he retires.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Apiary Inspection is definitely not a revenue generator for Florida. Niche' pollinators, new beekeepers, take about 3 hours each which works out to about $3.33 an hour. We have 9 inspectors and 3 supervisors that also inspect. There are over 2800 registered beekeepers in Florida. The goal is to keep American foulbrood under 2 percent. Helping beekeepers maintain healthy hives is just a benefit of the personal extension service we offer. There are also plenty of migratory beekeepers building up hives in Florida's winter, which lasts a week or two.
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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    R u yourself an Inspector?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Gary: Is this a 'new' push for registration? Is it the same code enforcers that look for building/zoning violations that are looking for unregistered hives? Curious to know where Beekeepers stand legally on swarm/colony removals now...I know there were some negotiations in the works. Any changes yet? Thanks!

    ps...I could NOT be more pleased with my inspector!!! Pass on the kind words please....I'm in district 13.

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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    Quote Originally Posted by Bees In Miami View Post
    ps...I could NOT be more pleased with my inspector!!! Pass on the kind words please....I'm in district 13.
    Same here. The Florida Bee Inspectors are helpful. They will come to bat for you when needed also. The state intervened when a city code enforcment officer tried to enforce an anti-beekeeping ordinace after the state law (over-rides local ordinace) was passed. The come and inspect, give you pointers and share their experience. Good for all involved.

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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    Thanks but no thanks. I have no desire to have anyone fining me for failure to register my bees. Leave me alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Splorndle View Post
    Thanks but no thanks. I have no desire to have anyone fining me for failure to register my bees. Leave me alone.
    I appreciate what my State Inspectors are doing...keeping the 'leave me alone' types from allowing diseases to spread! They are indeed, a wonderful resource.

    I am NOT for "Uncle Sam" having his fingers in ALL I do...but I will speak for myself only....I LOVE my FL Inspector, and I am glad they are here!

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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    Thank you Jeremy is our newest inspector covering South Florida.
    Code enforcement figured out long ago that we have to publish the list of Registered Beekeepers, especially Pinellas. Now they can only go after unregistered beekeepers as of July 1st.
    The Chief was out the week the Bee Protection Law took effect so I fielded many calls from attorneys in South Florida that do not like bees. I do enjoy reading the new law to them.
    Swarm and colony removal is still developing. You can collect swarms and even charge. If you charge and something goes wrong you are subject to the same standards as every other business. Colony removal will be permitted soon. Apiary Inspection has no authority or connection with AES (if you use chemicals or anything that kills insects) or Consumer Services (if you charge too much, someone gets killed or hurt, damage to a structure, building repair codes)
    I am the Apiary Inspection supervisor for North Florida sqkcrk. That is basically everything north of Orlando.
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    Yeah, save me your anti freedom sanctimony. The spread of disease in bees can be handled without a system of penalties. The end in this kind of system is always the same and life is too short to explain it to condescending folks like you.

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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration


    Where and what are these fines you type of??



    Quote Originally Posted by Splorndle View Post
    Thanks but no thanks. I have no desire to have anyone fining me for failure to register my bees. Leave me alone.
    Last edited by tommyt; 01-02-2013 at 04:30 PM.

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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    Ttt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Splorndle View Post
    Thanks but no thanks. I have no desire to have anyone fining me for failure to register my bees. Leave me alone.
    This is the attitude of many new beekeepers that I talk with in Florida. Even some old timers are moving their bees and not reporting them for the new season. And some even claim they have gone out of the bee business.
    Our inspectors were once looked on as a valuable tool that were there when needed and they were liked.
    Now it seems a new generation of inspectors have a new attitude towards beekeepers and how they perceive their jobs. Many think they are too important to the industry and push for more and more power by creating new rules and regulations that may harm the small scale beekeepers in this state.
    Beekeepers are now put on the defensive and most will not even let other beekeepers know where they keep their bees let alone registering them.
    Oh how I miss the good old days when government was not so big and did not try to squeeze every last nickel out of our pockets.
    Today sadly we live in a world where those working have to justify the jobs they hold and many make it more important than it really is.
    Can we live without bee inspectors? Of course and many would like to but inspectors do fulfill a need in helping keep the amount of AFB down.
    Are they important to beekeepers in general? You be the judge.....
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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    It's not hard to keep your bees unregistered. It's not like the inspectors are driving around looking for renegade beekeepers.I know a few that don't and they have problems and don't know what to do. for 10 bucks a year ya get a great education. Ya got mits ya don't know call the inspector he comes out and does a wash. Who has queens for sale honey nuks boxes??
    I’m really not that serious

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chappie View Post
    Many think they are too important to the industry and push for more and more power by creating new rules and regulations that may harm the small scale beekeepers in this state.
    Do you really know many??
    Quote Originally Posted by Chappie View Post
    Beekeepers are now put on the defensive and most will not even let other beekeepers know where they keep their bees let alone registering them.
    Do you know most bee keepers??
    I’m really not that serious

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