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15.07.01.00.htm 15.07.01.00. Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Subtitle 07 APIARY INSPECTION Chapter 01 General Regulations Authority: Agriculture Article, §5-501―5-507, Annotated Code of Maryland
15.07.01.01.htm 15.07.01.01. 01 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) "Abandoned apiary" means an apiary in which the owner or operator fails to manipulate the colonies in the customary manner, such as:a) Inspect each colony in the spring and notify the Department of any colony with a disease;. b) Provide super room during honey flow;. c) Remove the honey crop at the end of the season;. d) Inspect each colony in the fall when the crop i
15.07.01.02.htm 15.07.01.02. 02 Registration Certificate.. A. A person keeping a bee colony shall hold a valid registration certificate.. B. A person who is not registered as a beekeeper under this regulation and who acquires a colony shall have it registered with the Department within 30 days after the acquisition.C. A registration certificate shall be renewed annually upon meeting all of the requirements set forth in this regulation.D. To obtain a registration certificate, a person shall:.
15.07.01.03.htm 15.07.01.03. 03 Sanitation.. A. Each apiary shall be kept in a neat and sanitary condition to promote the welfare of the beekeeping industry.B. The beekeeper shall keep the honey house in a neat and sanitary condition and shall meet the sanitation standards set forth in §C―N of this regulation.C. The honey house shall be so constructed that it can be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. When the honey is extracted, the honey house shall be used exclusively for the extracting, proce
15.07.01.04.htm 15.07.01.04. 04 Diseases.. A. Upon the finding of a colony of bees infected with American or European foulbrood, an inspector shall mark the hive housing the diseased colony to designate American foulbrood or European foulbrood and the date of inspection. These markings may not be removed by the owner until permission is granted in writing by an authorized agent of the Department.B. If disease is found in a colony or apiary, a quarantine notice shall be issued (if deemed necessa
15.07.01.05.htm 15.07.01.05. 05 Abandoned Apiaries.. When an apiary is deemed to be an abandoned apiary, written notice shall be given by certified mail to the owner or operator, if the owner or operator can be located, that the apiary is an abandoned apiary. If the owner or operator cannot be located, the notice shall be served on the owner of the land on which the apiary is located. If the apiary continues to be so abandoned for more than 30 days after notice is served, the Secretary shall take w
15.07.01.06.htm 15.07.01.06. 06 Moveable Frames.. Every person engaged in beekeeping shall provide moveable frames in all hives and shall cause the bees in the hives to construct brood combs in the frames so that any frame may be removed without injury to other combs in the hive.
15.07.01.07.htm 15.07.01.07. 07 Dead Colonies.. In any apiary in which a colony or colonies of bees have died, the owner or operator shall securely close the entrance to the hive of the colony or colonies so that other bees cannot obtain honey from it. The entrances shall remain closed so long as the hives remain in any place where bees may gain access to them.
15.07.01.08.htm 15.07.01.08. 08 Transporting Bees.. A person may transport through Maryland a bee colony only under the following conditions:. A. Each bee colony shall be screened or covered at all times to prevent bees from escaping;. B. An operator of a motor vehicle transporting bees shall keep the bees from being agitated by operating the vehicle's motor at all times unless refueling, or unless the bees are enclosed in a refrigerated section of the vehicle where the temperature is maintained at 45°F;
15.07.01.09.htm 15.07.01.09. 09 Violation.. A person who violates a provision of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor as provided by Agriculture Article, §12-103, Annotated Code of Maryland.
15.07.01.9999.htm 15.07.01.9999. Administrative History Effective date: November 1, 1967. Regulation .01 amended effective October 2, 2000 (27:19 Md. R. 1729). Regulations .02 and .04B amended effective August 20, 1975 (2:18 Md. R. 1234). Regulation .02 repealed and new Regulation .02 adopted effective October 2, 2000 (27:19 Md. R. 1729). Regulation .03 repealed and new Regulation .03 adopted effective October 2, 2000 (27:19 Md. R. 1729). Regulation .04D amended effective October 2, 2000 (27:19 Md. R. 1729).
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