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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Beekeeping Associations
The goal of the Harris County Beekeeping Association is to "provide beekeeping education and networking opportunities for individuals and families enthusiastic about honeybees and beekeeping." This organization meets monthly at 7:00 on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Not sure if the meetings are happing in person or are virtual for 2021. This organization is known for having full hives for sale through a commercial beekeeper operation and once as year members can place an order at discounted prices for pickup at Lovelady, TX. This organization is also know for providing a list of honey bee removers who work in the area. The Harris County Beekeepers Association relies upon membership support and requires a yearly modest, dues amount of $20 per individual and $25 per family. A link to Harris County Beekeeping Association can be found below. http://www.harriscountybeekeepers.org/home.html A link to the Harris County Bee Removal List can be found below. Harris County Beekeeping Association 5001 W. Oak Avenue Pasadena, TX 77504
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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Beekeeping Education
The American Bee Journal first established in January 1861, has a wealth of information that beekeepers have learned along the way. This piece of American publication is available online and in paper form and is a great resource to use to stay up to date in the beekeeping/honey industry. https://americanbeejournal.com/
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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Beekeeping Laws & Regulations
As with every county you will want to call and check to verify what you are looking at online is, indeed what the actual requirements are per the appraisal district's mouth. The appraisal district may change chief appraiser like what recently happened in Waller County a few years back, and the rules for qualifying for an Ag Exemption may change year-to-year and especially vary county-to-county. Most appraisal districts will ask that you apply for your Ag-Exemption the year you start keeping bees, knowing it takes 5 years to obtain the exemption. The districts may as you to apply for the exemption in order to "get denied" but during that process the county obtains official records from you the landowner and inputs these documents into their system. This is key, should requirements for the Ag-Exemption change during the 5 year period or the district gets a new chief appraiser who interprets the rules differently than the previous chief appraiser and make changes to degree of intensity requirement. The degree of intensity is applied to all agriculture exemptions, this number determined by the appraisal district, states how many cows you need in a pasture, how much cotton planted in a field, and how many bee hives needed to qualify for the exemption. Please follow the link below for the degree of intensity. http://lavacacad.com/data/_uploaded/file/taxinfo/2020%20ag%20use%20guidelines.pdf Lavaca County Central Appraisal District Bee Guidelines: Acreage Requirements (Set by HB 2049) A minimum of 5 acres and a maximum of 20 acres are eligible to qualify for beekeeping as an agricultural use. Degree of Intensity (Number of hives per acre) Minimum of 6 mainframe hives at 5 acres. 1 additional mainframe hive for every additional 2.5 acres. Maximum of 12mainframe hives at 20 acres. Example: A property owner has 14.5 acres being used for beekeeping. How many hives are needed to qualify? First 5 acres 6 hives Additional 7.5 acres 3 hives Remaining 2 acres 0 hives Total hives required 9 hives Additional Information Bees can be used to establish history. Hives must be maintained and kept alive. The district will grant agricultural use on the total acreage, not just the area where the hives sit on a maximum of 20 acres. Lavaca CAD 908 N. Glendale St. Hallettsville, TX 77964-0386 (361) 798-4396
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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Beekeeping Laws & Regulations
As with every county you will want to call and check to verify what you are looking at online is, indeed what the actual requirements are per the appraisal district's mouth. The appraisal district may change chief appraiser like what recently happened in Waller County a few years back, and the rules for qualifying for an Ag Exemption may change year-to-year and especially vary county-to-county. Most appraisal districts will ask that you apply for your Ag-Exemption the year you start keeping bees, knowing it takes 5 years to obtain the exemption. The districts may as you to apply for the exemption in order to "get denied" but during that process the county obtains official records from you the landowner and inputs these documents into their system. This is key, should requirements for the Ag-Exemption change during the 5 year period or the district gets a new chief appraiser who interprets the rules differently than the previous chief appraiser and make changes to degree of intensity requirement. The degree of intensity is applied to all agriculture exemptions, this number determined by the appraisal district, states how many cows you need in a pasture, how much cotton planted in a field, and how many bee hives needed to qualify for the exemption. Please follow the link below on page 12 for the degree of intensity and below. http://www.coloradocad.org/data/_uploaded/file/AG/CCAD%20Ag%20Guidelines%20v1.2020.pdf "Bee/Honey – This operation involves the placing of hives in order for the honeybee to produce honeycomb. This honeycomb is processed into pure honey food product for human consumption. The hives are placed in groups in an open pasture. A minimum of six (6) mainframe hives to be placed on the minimum five (5) acres. A minimum of twelve (12) mainframe hives to be placed on the maximum (20) acres." Colorado CAD 106 Cardinal Lane Columbus, TX 78934 (979)732.8222
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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Texas Apiary Inspection
The Texas Apiary Inspection Services regulates honey bees in Texas much like how The Texas Parks and Wildlife regulates the hunting and fishing regulations of Texas. The spread foulbrood at the time led to the and the first Chief Foulbrood Inspector of Texas took office in College Station in 1920, by the name of C.S. Rude. The current chief inspector is Mary Reed her contact information can be found below, she also oversees The Texas Master Beekeeping Program. Please post information in this section about the Texas Apiary Inspection Services. Mary Reed Chief Apiary Inspector Texas Apiary Inspection Service 2475 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-2475 Ph: (979) 845-9713 Fax: (979) 845-0983 mary.reed@tamu.edu
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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Beekeeping Education
The Texas Master Beekeeper Program (TMBP) is an educational program designed to increase the knowledge and skill level of participating beekeepers. The program is a five-year (minimum) beekeeper training and certification program provided by the Texas Apiary Inspection Service in association with the Texas Beekeepers Association. Anyone from the general public or beekeepers from the program may post under this section. To request a speaker at your school/event/zoom meeting please sign in real quick and create an ad under this section. Many beekeepers in the Texas Master Beekeeping Program are seeking Public Service Credits in order to advance in the program. Speaking at a Boy Scout Meeting, giving a presentation to non-beekeepers such as a school or event, and even volunteering time at the bee booth at The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo meet the program requirement. If you are seeking public service credits, please post an ad under this section expressing your wish to speak at an event near you. This is a place to share opinions about the program. To become part of the Texas Master Beekeeping Program or to join their email list, please follow the link below. Texas Apiary Inspection Service 2475 TAMU College Station, TX 77843 (979) 845-0983 tais@tamu.edu
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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Beekeeping Laws & Regulations
As with every county you will want to call and check to verify what you are looking at online is, indeed what the actual requirements are per the appraisal district's mouth. The appraisal district may change chief appraiser like what recently happened in Waller County a few years back, and the rules for qualifying for an Ag Exemption may change year-to-year and especially vary county-to-county. Most appraisal districts will ask that you apply for your Ag-Exemption the year you start keeping bees, knowing it takes 5 years to obtain the exemption. The districts may ask you to apply for the exemption in order to "get denied" but during that process the county obtains official records from you the landowner and inputs these documents into their system. This is key, should requirements for the Ag-Exemption change during the 5 year period or the district gets a new chief appraiser who interprets the rules differently than the previous chief appraiser and make changes to degree of intensity requirement. The degree of intensity is applied to all agriculture exemptions, this number determined by the appraisal district, states how many cows you need in a pasture, how much cotton planted in a field, and how many bee hives needed to qualify for the exemption. Please follow the link below for the degree of intensity. https://www.austincad.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/AG-GUIDELINES-2019.pdf Beekeeping: Number of Acres Number of Hives 5 6 6-10 7 11-12 8 13-14 9 15-16 10 17-18 11 18-19 20 Austin CAD 906 E. Amelia St. Bellville, TX 77418 (979)865-9124
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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Beekeeping Laws & Regulations
As with every county you will want to call and check to verify what you are looking at online is, indeed what the actual requirements are per the appraisal district's mouth. The appraisal district may change chief appraiser like what recently happened in Waller County a few years back, and the rules for qualifying for an Ag Exemption may change year-to-year and especially vary county-to-county. Most appraisal districts will ask that you apply for your Ag-Exemption the year you start keeping bees, knowing it takes 5 years to obtain the exemption. The districts may as you to apply for the exemption in order to "get denied" but during that process the county obtains official records from you the landowner and inputs these documents into their system. This is key, should requirements for the Ag-Exemption change during the 5 year period or the district gets a new chief appraiser who interprets the rules differently than the previous chief appraiser and make changes to degree of intensity requirement. The degree of intensity is applied to all agriculture exemptions, this number determined by the appraisal district, states how many cows you need in a pasture, how much cotton planted in a field, and how many bee hives needed to qualify for the exemption. Please follow the link below for the degree of intensity. http://www.waller-cad.org/PDF/AGRICULTURAL%20DEGREE%20OF%20INTENSITY.pdf BEES Min. 5-8 ACTIVE HIVES Must be on a minimum of five (5) acres or a maximum of twenty (20) acres, including homesite. Property must have been previously in a agricultural process Waller CAD 900 13th Street Hempstead, TX 77445 (979)921-0060
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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Beekeeping Laws & Regulations
As with every county you will want to call and check to verify what you are looking at online is, indeed what the actual requirements are per the appraisal district's mouth. The appraisal district may change chief appraiser like what recently happened in Waller County a few years back, and the rules for qualifying for an Ag Exemption may change year-to-year and especially vary county-to-county. Most appraisal districts will ask that you apply for your Ag-Exemption the year you start keeping bees, knowing it takes 5 years to obtain the exemption. The districts may as you to apply for the exemption in order to "get denied" but during that process the county obtains official records from you the landowner and inputs these documents into their system. This is key, should requirements for the Ag-Exemption change during the 5 year period or the district gets a new chief appraiser who interprets the rules differently than the previous chief appraiser and make changes to degree of intensity requirement. The degree of intensity is applied to all agriculture exemptions, this number determined by the appraisal district, states how many cows you need in a pasture, how much cotton planted in a field, and how many bee hives needed to qualify for the exemption. Please follow the link below for the degree of intensity. https://hcad.org/hcad-resources/hcad-agriculture-property/hcad-agricultural-timber-land/ Bee Keeping 6 hives 5-20 acs Cannot qualify ac > 20 acs. HCAD 13013 Northwest Freeway Houston, TX 77040-6305 (713) 957-7800
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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Queen Bees & Breeders
R Weavers have a long history of keeping bees in Texas and are relatives of the Bee Weavers. Please feel free to discuss anything about this vendor here. This vendor is know for having queens for sale, bees, and much more. Unlike their relatives this organization does not tout treatment free beekeeping practices, but none the less, they are recognized as producing great quality bees. Please follow the link: https://www.rweaver.com/ R Weaver Apiaries, Inc. 16495 C. R. 319 Navasota, TX 77868
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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Beekeeping Supplies & Vendors
R Weavers have a long history of keeping bees in Texas and are relatives of the Bee Weavers. Please feel free to discuss anything about this vendor here. This vendor is know for having queens for sale, bees, and much more. Unlike their relatives this organization does not tout treatment free beekeeping practices, but none the less, they are recognized as producing great quality bees. Please follow the link: https://www.rweaver.com/ R Weaver Apiaries, Inc. 16495 C. R. 319 Navasota, TX 77868
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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Queen Bees & Breeders
This guy's name is Pat and I have met him a couple times. He has giant selection of used commercial equipment at reasonable prices and is also know for having mated queen for sale $30. This guys has a little bit of everything... Please forward your text or questions to Nine36 five 22 six 00 eight -Good Luck!
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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Queen Bees & Breeders
This vendor is an authorized Mann Lake Dealer and has a complete beekeeping store of equipment, located in Seguin, TX. Please feel free to discuss anything about this vendor here. This vendor is know for having queens for sale, bees, classes and much more. Please follow the link: https://gretchenbeeranch.com/index.html Gretchen Bee Ranch 2745 W. Kingsbury, Seguin, TX 78155
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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Queen Bees & Breeders
A Texas favorite and nationally recognized queen breeder, beekeeping operation in Navasota, TX. This organization has a long history of keeping bees in Texas and touts its chemical free approach to rearing bees! Please feel free to discuss anything about this vendor here. This vendor is know for having queens for sale, bees, classes and much more. Please follow the link: https://beeweaver.com/ Click on the following link to here the romantic tale of how their organization was born! See what life was like in the historic past of Texas beekeeping with an old picture from their organization posted on Instagram and follow them directly! Bee Weaver 16481 C.R. 319 Navasota, TX 77868
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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Beekeeping Supplies & Vendors
This vendor is an authorized Mann Lake and Bettebee dealer. This is a complete beekeeping store of equipment, located in Willis, TX. Please feel free to discuss anything about this vendor here. This vendor is know for having queens for sale, bees, and much more. Please follow the link: https://www.wcapiary.com/ Winding Creek Apiary and Bee Supply Store 11680 Post Oak Rd Willis, TX 77318
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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Beekeeping Supplies & Vendors
Congratulations, to Texas Bee Supply, a brand new beekeeping supply store in close proximity to Houston, TX! I have yet to have the chance to check out this store, but I imagine they have everything you could want as a beekeeper, and similar to Dadant or Mann Lake in selection and prices. It is great news to have a new healthy competitor in the beekeeping supply market, especially after the sudden and quick disappearance of Brushy Mountain a few years back. Please post your discussions here. Texas Bee Supply 351 County Road 6243 Dayton, TX 77535
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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Beekeeping Supplies & Vendors
This guy's name is Pat and I have met him a couple times. He has giant selection of used commercial equipment at reasonable prices and is also know for having mated queen for sale $30. This guys has a little bit of everything... Please forward your text or questions to Nine36 five 22 six 00 eight -Good Luck!
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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Beekeeping Supplies & Vendors
This vendor is an authorized Mann Lake Dealer and I am unsure of how complete the beekeeping selection is... Please feel free to discuss anything about this vendor here. This vendor is know for having beekeeping equipment for sale. Please follow the link: Henderson Feed & Supply 101 E Davis St. Conroe, TX 77301
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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Beekeeping Supplies & Vendors
This vendor is an authorized Mann Lake Dealer and has a complete beekeeping store of equipment, located in Seguin, TX. Please feel free to discuss anything about this vendor here. This vendor is know for having queens for sale, bees, classes and much more. Please follow the link: https://gretchenbeeranch.com/index.html Gretchen Bee Ranch 2745 W. Kingsbury, Seguin, TX 78155
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No Bee Left Behind
Jan 22, 2021
In Beekeeping Supplies & Vendors
A Texas favorite and nationally recognized queen breeder, beekeeping operation in Navasota, TX. This organization has a long history of keeping bees in Texas and touts its chemical free approach to rearing bees! Please feel free to discuss anything about this vendor here. This vendor is know for having queens for sale, bees, classes and much more. Please follow the link: https://beeweaver.com/ Click on the following link to here the romantic tale of how their organization was born! See what life was like in the historic past of Texas beekeeping with an old picture from their organization posted on Instagram and follow them directly! Bee Weaver 16481 C.R. 319 Navasota, TX 77868
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