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I have several beeyards and when I asked my insurance agent about extending insurance from my house to cover my beekeeping, it was declined.

I am also planning on having a table at a local festival in my neck of the woods in order to sell my honey.

For those of you that have obtained insurance to cover your beekeeping hobby/business/sales, did you have to purchase a seperate policy or did your company extend the insurance from your house to cover your business.

Would you be able to tell me what such a policy cost generally? Thanks.
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I purchased a seperate liability insurance policy, there are alot of companies that won't give you a policy of this type to cover beekeeping endeavors, but my agent found one that was offered by Auto Owners Insurance Co. believe it or not, it cost me about $300/yr. for a one million dollar policy. Sure would like to find one cheaper, any suggestions out there? John
 

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My local Farm Bureau agent wouldn't even come out of his office to talk to me. When the receptionist asked if she could help me, I stated my need. She went in the back office and came out in 30 seconds and simply said, "No."

My homeowner's insurance also handles my personal auto insurance (Farmer's Insurance). He said "no" as well because I need business insurance for a commercial venture. He is such a great guy that he went searching for a local agent who carried commercial insurance. That guy called me and set up a meeting.

We met and I stated my needs. He had a million questions. We went out to a bee yard and opened hives. We toured the farms so he could see my hives sit well back from the house, along the back fenceline and away from potential problems.

Ignorance is our greatest problem, fear is our worst enemy. Bees have a bad perception but once the agent sees your operation as a business and can handle the negative ideas, it's not hard to find insurance.

I have liability for premises (other people's farms) and product (my honey). I pay $512 (the minimum premium) for my policy.

Grant
Jackson, MO www.maxhoney.homestead.com
 

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Thanks everybody -- It looks like, I will be calling the Auto Insurance Company...

I made a promise to myself that since my insurance company said no to me and with all the business that I drive to them, that I would venture out and get bids to replace them. I don't think that I have one of those good agents as it took them two weeks to get back to me to say no....
 

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I heard state farm mentioned earlier, I thought that they just covered house, auto, personal etc. Our family has been with them for 40+ years so we should be able to get a good rate. I would like one that covers equipment sales etc.

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Interesting about the Farm Bureau thing. I have Farm Bureau and had coverage extended to cover my beekeeping....no problem...
 
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