Re: No compete clauses
That is one of the toughest questions I've seen in years.
IMO a no-compete clause would run afoul of laws specifically prohibiting just such manipulation. It is after all a "market" economy for a reason. The best I can suggest is to attempt to teach ethics to those you work with. A really good ethical point to make is that undercutting prices is bad for all concerned because it depresses the price of honey for all beekeepers. Point out that it is in the beekeeper's self interest to maintain good relationships with customers and other beekeepers.
There will be a day when you are gone from the local scene. How do you want others to remember you? As the person who was always willing to help where you could? Or would you prefer to be like the originator of the Gilfeather turnip who cut the tops off his turnips before selling them just so nobody could grow one to produce seed?
NW Alabama, 50 years, 20 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest