Mid Ohio Valley Beekeepers' Association
Both Ohio and West Virginia require
beekeepers to annually register their apiaries. Ohio charges $5.00 per apiary,
while West Virginia does not.
West Virginia forms
Apiary Section’s purpose is to promote and perpetuate the art of beekeeping
within the State of Ohio. This is accomplished by the establishment of sound
regulatory controls, and through education. Specifically, within Chapter 909 of
the Ohio Revised Code, beekeepers are required to register their apiaries and
control diseases that are considered to be serious. Annually, Ohio’s
beekeepers complete registration forms stating all their apiary locations and
submit these forms to the Department of Agriculture. Approximately 3,000
beekeepers statewide register 5,000 apiaries containing approximately 26,000
honeybee colonies. Registration information is then entered into our computer
database. This information is provided to our two state inspectors and 70 county
appointed inspectors for the purposes of inspecting honeybee colonies.
are conducted to determine the health status of the colonies and their
developing brood. Honeybees can be subjected to a number of bacterial, viral,
fungal, and parasitic afflictions. These diseases are honeybee specific, and can
reduce the adult bees’ life span, or literally end the life of colonies and
objective is to inspect all colonies, diagnose any diseases or pests and
recommend to the beekeeper appropriate controls. Through timely disease
diagnosis and control, beekeepers can keep healthy honeybee colonies.
honeybee colony populations within Ohio kept by knowledgeable beekeepers
directly benefits the apiary industry. However, the importance of bee
pollination in the production of fruits, vegetables and seed crops is virtually
immeasurable. Increased crop yields enable Ohio citizens to enjoy a variety of
wholesome food products.