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I submitted registration form a couple months ago & hadnt Hurd back, until at our last association meeting (naba) our attorney spoke about legal issues, etc & I asked how long does it take to receive notification on your app. At break I had several people come up to me that had the same problem. That was a Sunday. Monday I got a call from county agent & it was all cleared up. Turns out that our association had donated bee hives to the new convention center downtown last year & they're app hadn't been approved either. Our agent is a nice guy & I know over worked. I offered to help as a volunteer but they can't do it. He did tell me that our app was valid from the earliest date we have a copy of. So be sure to make a copy for your records.
 

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The State apiarist's turnaround for registrations is very, very slow. But yes, he confirmed that they count them effective as of the date you filed, not the date they get around to processing your forms. They will eventually send you a confirmation notice.
 

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Tennessee only has one apiarist for the whole state so you can imagine that he's slammed. he's a great guy to work with but you have to keep in mind he stays swamped. its true it can take a while to get your registration confirmation letter back but they go by the application date. your registration is good for 3 years so keep track of when you need to renew - if you dont, you'll lose your registration number and for those of us you mark their equipment that's a pain, not to mention having to change your bee yard signage
 

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Tennessee only has one apiarist for the whole state so you can imagine that he's slammed. he's a great guy to work with but you have to keep in mind he stays swamped. its true it can take a while to get your registration confirmation letter back but they go by the application date. your registration is good for 3 years so keep track of when you need to renew - if you dont, you'll lose your registration number and for those of us you mark their equipment that's a pain, not to mention having to change your bee yard signage
I have been in contact with someone this week who assists the State Apiarist because I have had no response to the registration form I sent in last Spring or to another one I sent in this Spring. He said while they are behind, they will get to them, but more than a year and no response???? On another subject, I asked about having my hives inspected so I can begin selling bees next Spring (2019) but he told me I would have to wait until next Spring because a lot can happen between now and then. So my questions are how confident am I that they will inspect my hives before the busy Spring season when people are wanting to buy bees? And, do they have to inspect your hives every year? If the inspection is good for more than a year (3 years?) then why can't they inspect them sometime this Summer or Fall? I want to sell bees next Spring and to do so by abiding by all the laws and requirements but it does not seem to be very easy to do so.
 

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While there is just one full-time State Apiarist, there are local volunteer* inspectors in most counties as I understand the situation. Those volunteers are trained by the state inspector and work in coordination with him. And I expect that those local inspectors are often members of local beekeeping clubs/associations. You may find it useful to join/contact your local beekeeping club.

Also, I expect that using the online registration system is easier/faster for the State to process than a paper form. If you haven't already found the online registration page, here it is:
https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/agriculture/documents/apiary/AgLicApiaryReg.pdf



*while these are not paid employees, as I understand the situation, those local inspectors do receive a nominal fee per inspection (at least until the yearly allocated state funds for that run out).
 

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Thanks Radar. I did send in my registration for last year by the online portal as well as also sending them in via email.
I have been a member of our local bee club for the last 3 years. I'll talk with them at our next meetimg for more information they may have.
The person I did speak with said that if someone had more than 10 hives, they could only be inspected by either himself or the State Apiarist. Less than 10 could be inspected by a volunteer at a local club.
 
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