Honey Bee Inspection & Certification
Honey bees play a vital role in New York State's agriculture economy. Each year thousands of bee colonies are used throughout the State to pollinate more than $300 million worth of agricultural crops such as apples, grapes and pumpkins. And, while New York State is home to more than 60,000 of these bee colonies, additional colonies are shipped in from other regions of the country or even foreign countries. It is through the movement of bee colonies throughout the United States that potential problems could arise if proper monitoring and inspection are not performed by the states that have apiary inspection programs. See requirements for moving honey bees into New York State.
The Department of Agriculture and Markets - Division of Plant Industry - has broad authority to investigate and eradicate bee pests and diseases and to control the movement of bees into the state. It is the Division's responsibility to ensure honey bee health through inspection and certification, as well as through education and outreach to beekeepers. To aid the Department in its effort to keep beekeepers apprised of the latest bee health issues we ask that you fill out the Honey Bee Health Information form.
Cornell University's Master Beekeeper website is an excellent source of information on a wide variety bee issues.
Below is a graphic representation of the effectiveness of the Division's Apiary Inspection Program. In this case the graph depicts the relationship between the number of inspections performed and the incidence of American Foulbrood Disease. It is clear, that as inspections decrease the levels of disease increase and conversely, when more inspections are performed the level of disease decreases.