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Honey Bee Health

Honey Bee Health
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Honey Bees in New York
A Vital Component of New York Agriculture

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. New York is home to more than 60,000 of the bee colonies used each year, while additional colonies are shipped in from other regions of the country or even foreign countries to make up the remainder. The Department inspects bee colonies and monitors their movement to ensure that the state is protected from potential problems in its honey bee population.

Bee Health
Keep Us Apprised of Your Bee's Health

Honey bee health is a critical issue today. The Department's Division of Plant Industry strives to assist beekeepers in maintaining their colonies in a healthy condition.

Through inspection and certification, education, and outreach to beekeepers, the Division works to ensure the health of honey bees.

Please fill out the Honey Bee Health Information Form to aid the Department in its effort to understand latest bee health issues.

Moving Honey Bees
Ensuring Proper Inspection and Care
The movement of bee colonies throughout the United States could potentially lead to problems in the bees' health if proper monitoring and inspection are not performed by the states that have apiary inspection programs. New York State regulations aim to monitor the movement of bees and ensure that bees are properly inspected and cared for.

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