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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    Mosquito control is killing our hives in the St Johns County area....we have seen them arial spraying before dusk and after dawn .....they are not suppost to do this. One of our local beekeepers lost all of his hives except for one. They keep saying that the product they are using is not harmfull to the bees...we beg to differ!!!!!

    Are the inspectors going to help us get this problem rectified? If not...what recourse do we have? What state entity is going to take the responsibility of making sure we don't loose all of our bees!!

    Bobby

  2. #22
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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    I agree they are helpful and active. I haven't seen my local inspector at my apiary yet (I'm sure its because his supervisor is overworking him in other ways), but I have seen him at several local meetings (both IFAS and local assoc run) and he went out of his way to make sure we had contact info including a cell phone #.

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    When does your inspection expire? It is a year after the last or a year after the hive was sold to you. I would never overwork him. He only has to do 8 inspections a day including answering all the beekeepers questions. We are a little behind and migratory beekeepers have us tied up for the next two months. Please be patient. If he does not call you, you can call me. 352-395-4635.
    americasbeekeeper.com
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  4. #24
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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    The registration expires April/May. I got the bees from a well known in state source (Elmore in Marianna, and was told to put that on the registration form) and I'm pretty sure the nucs were inspected just before purchase so I didnt really expect to see him this year.

    8 inspections a day at 3 hours a piece, you actually let them go home and sleep for 8 hours?

  5. #25
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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    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.....
    Chappie
    www.floridabees.org

  6. #26
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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    thumbs up to all the Florida bee inspectors, they are here to help us and the girls, kent

  7. #27
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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??
    Iím really not that serious

  8. #28
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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    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??
    Iím really not that serious

  9. #29
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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    I have a dumb question. I have my registration number, and I've read the instructions to place the number on the upper left corner of the hive. I'm just not sure exactly what that means. Upper left corner of what side? Do I place it on the hive's left side of the box, in the upper left corner? Do I put it on the brood box or the honey super? Perhaps it doesn't matter what side it is on, as long as it is in the upper left corner of the side the number is on?

    I"m probably over-thinking this, but I'd love to hear what beekeepers and inspectors have to say on the matter. Thanks!

  10. #30
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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    Typically the front top left of the brood box. I try and make sure its low enough its not covered by the lid when its on since the point it identification. Its not really that critical to get it exact. I know I've had some boxes facing backwards and the inspector has never even commented. The only time your number on the box is relevant for most of us is if the boxes are stolen or if there is some suspicion you have abandoned boxes and they are looking for the owner. Most the time you are going be right there with the inspector and the hives will be on your property anyway.

    Nucs are small enough its often not possible for them to be on the left. You also try and avoid the cut out. While its only required on the brood box many of use use it as an id number on all boxes. I tend to brand every box on the front/rear top left and at least one internal panel before assembling. It can be helpful if the box is stolen when the number is in an unexpected location so the thief doesn't remove it.

    AmericasBeekeeper works for the state apiary office, PM him if you want an official answer.

  11. #31
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    Thank you so much, SMoore, for you quick reply. I really appreciate your help.

  12. #32
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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    The rule is not more specific to allow freedom of where you can best mark them.
    Thank you.
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  13. #33
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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    I'm located about 45-50 minutes north of Montgomery, Alabama. I'm very much doubtful and suspicious of government. That being said, like most folks on here I'm very much appreciative of our apiary people. I gladly pay $10-$15 each year. It's insurance to me. If something's wrong that I can't figure out, then there's the resource. I keep 20 to 35 hives depending on the time of year. So far (4th year) I see no reason not to trust them. Around here as well they are speaking at bee meetings. One of them told us, heck - I ain't got time to snoop around people's homes to see if their hives are marked. To sum it up, they're here to help, not hurt.

  14. #34
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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    I have a quick question. I am about to register my hive this year. When it comes time to register next year, will the state of Florida send me a reminder or is it up to my busy mind to remember each year to send in my fee? The state tells me when it is time to register my cars, bees should be the same I would expect.

  15. #35
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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    If you provided an email address they will email you. If not they will send a small yellow card that the Post Office will probably lose.
    You can email me at work and I will make sure you are notified -- Gary.Vancleef@FreshFromFlorida.com
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  16. #36
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    Default Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    The application form has been updated please always use this link to find the most current.
    http://forms.freshfromflorida.com/08176.pdf
    americasbeekeeper.com
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