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Subject 40-4-1 BEEKEEPING

Rule 40-4-1-.01 Licensing of Queen and Package Bee Producers

(1) No person shall engage in the business of selling package bees, queens, or nuclei in the State of Georgia without a license issued by the Commissioner. Such license shall be issued when:
(a) The applicant has submitted a license application containing information required by the Commissioner; and
(b) The Commissioner has inspected all colonies to be used in producing package bees and queens and has found them to be apparently free of American and European Foulbrood and other bee diseases; and
(c) The applicant has submitted the required $50 license fee.
(2) Licenses will be issued annually and will expire on December 31 of each year. The Commissioner may suspend or revoke any apiary license if he finds the license holder to have violated any requirements of this Chapter or if any of the organisms specified in (1)(b) above are found in an apiary or apiaries.

Rule 40-4-1-.02 Queen and Package Certificates

(1) No licensee shall ship any package bees or queens unless they:
(a) are accompanied by a valid certificate issued by the Commissioner, certifying that the bees have been produced in an apiary which has been found apparently free of American and European Foulbrood, and other bee diseases;
(b) colonies from which queens and package bees originate must be treated at least 7 days prior to shipment with a pesticide registered by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Georgia Department of Agriculture for controlling Varroadestructor.
(2) Certificates will be issued for a period not to exceed twelve (12) months from the date of inspection by the Commissioner.
(3) Certificates will be issued by the Commissioner upon payment of the cost of printing. A certificate order form with certificate cost will be mailed to queen and package shippers by February 1st of each year.
(4) The Commissioner may cancel and recall certificates issued to any apiary:
(a) In which he finds American or European Foulbrood or other bee diseases;
(b) Which he finds has used certificates on shipments of uncertified bees, or bees which have been shipped in violation of these rules.
(5) Fees for certificates canceled and recalled by the Commissioner shall not be refundable.

Rule 40-4-1-.03 Queen and Package Bees Produced Outside the State of Georgia

Queen and package bees produced outside the State of Georgia may be shipped into Georgia when accompanied by a certificate issued by the apiary official of the state where the bees were produced, certifying that the apiaries of the producer have been inspected within one (1) year of the date of shipment and that such apiaries have been found apparently free of American and European Foulbrood and other diseases. All queen and package bees shipped into Georgia must originate from colonies that have been treated at least 7 days prior to shipment with a pesticide registered with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Georgia Department of Agriculture for controlling Varroadestructor.

Rule 40-4-1-.04 Interstate and Intrastate Movement of Honey Bees

(1) No honey bees on comb or in hives shall be moved into or located in Georgia unless a permit has been obtained from the Commissioner of Agriculture of the State of Georgia.
(2) Applications for a permit shall be made on a form obtained from the Entomology and Pesticides Division of the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Such form shall contain the following information:
(a) The number of colonies to be moved;
(b) The county(ies) in the state(s) of origin from which the colonies are being moved;
(c) Each state and county where the colonies have been located during the previous two years;
(d) The county location(s) in Georgia in which the bees are to be located;
(3) No permit shall be issued by the Commissioner unless the application for the permit is accompanied by a certificate by the apiary official in the state of origin which certifies that the honey bees have been inspected within ninety (90) days of the date of shipment and have been found to be apparently free of American and European Foulbrood, other bee disease, Varroadestructor and that bees were actively rearing brood at the time of inspection. In lieu of certification that hives are free of Varroa, destructor certification may be based upon treatment with hive strips that contain fluvalinate or with another pesticide registered by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Georgia Department of Agriculture for controlling Varroadestructor.
(4) Honey bees on comb or in hives may enter Georgia from any other state for the sole purpose of passage through Georgia, subject to the following conditions:
(a) All shipment shall be securely netted or contained in refrigerated vessels to prevent escape;
(b) Movement through Georgia will be made without interruption, except for necessary fueling, meals, sleep, or emergency service.
(5) Resident Georgia beekeepers may move honey bees on comb or in hives, freely, and without restriction, within Georgia, provided such honey bees have not entered Georgia in violation of any provision of this Chapter, or are not moved from any area in violation of quarantine.
(6) Any Georgia resident beekeeper may, upon request and payment of inspection fee, obtain certification from the Georgia Department of Agriculture that his honey bees are apparently free of the tracheal mite, Acarapis woodi, Varroadestructor or other bee pest when such certification is required by another state as a condition for shipment. Request for sampling and certification shall be made to the Department of Agriculture at least fifteen (15) days prior to the scheduled time of shipment.

Rule 40-4-1-.05 Certificates Issued by Other States

If the Commissioner should find American or European Foulbrood, other diseases, or the parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, in shipments from another state under official certificates of inspection, the Commissioner may refuse to recognize any certificate from that state until such time as the Commissioner is able to determine that the inspection program of said state is adequate to support the issuance of valid certificates.

Rule 40-4-1-.06 Quarantines

Any apiary in any county in Georgia, found by the Commissioner to be infected with American or European Foulbrood, other disease shall be placed under quarantine and enforcement actions shall be taken as follows:

(1) Any apiary found to be infected with American Foulbrood shall be placed under quarantine and all infected hives shall be immediately destroyed by burning under the supervision of the Commissioner. Any such apiary may be released by the Commissioner from quarantine any time after sixty days from the date of finding of the infection, when the Commissioner determines that the apiary is free of American Foulbrood.
(2) In the case of Africanized honey bees (including African honey bees or hybridized African/European bees that are overly aggressive) the Commissioner shall have authority to treat such bees as deemed necessary.
(3) The Commissioner may, in the case of abandoned bee yards, require the removal, treatment or destruction of bee colonies and/or equipment, in order to protect the interests of the honey bee industry.
(4) Any apiary quarantined due to infection with European Foulbrood may be released by the Commissioner from quarantine any time after thirty (30) days from the finding of infestation, when the Commissioner determines that the apiary is free of the disease.

Rule 40-4-1-.07 Indemnification

Any Georgia resident beekeeper whose bees and/or hives are destroyed in accordance with Rules 40-4-1-.06(1)(a) or (b), shall be eligible for indemnification, the amount of which shall be established by the Commissioner as provided in O.C.G.A. 2-14-45, subject to the provision of 40-4-1-.08.

Rule 40-4-1-.08 Enforcement

Any bees or hives found by the Commissioner to have been shipped into or brought into Georgia in violation of any provision of this Chapter shall be subject to:

(1) Immediate depopulation or hive destruction under the direct supervision of the Commissioner, and shall not be eligible for indemnification; or
(2) Such other procedures prescribed by the Commissioner which, in his opinion, are adequate to protect the beekeeping industry in the State of Georgia.

Rule 40-4-1-.09 Reserved