02 Ncac 48a .0262          registration of honeybee colonies

(a)  Beekeepers requesting notification of an applicator who applies pesticides by using aircraft in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations under Title 14 CFR Part 137 shall register such a request in accordance with the provisions of this subsection.

(b)  Registering agency.  The Plant Industry Division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall be responsible for the registration of honeybees and making registration information available to aerial applicators.

(c)  Registration procedure:

(1)           Beekeepers desiring advance notification of pesticide application under these procedures shall register their apiaries with the registering agency.  The registration period shall be from January 1 to December 31 of each year;

(2)           Beekeepers may register their bees at any time of the year but registration shall not be effective until the registration revisions have been distributed to aerial applicators;

(3)           The registration will expire on December 31 of each year and must be renewed each year;

(4)           The Plant Industry Division will distribute a list of registration revisions by U.S. mail on the first of March, July, and October to all aerial applicators licensed in North Carolina and the revisions will be effective on the fifth day of the month.  When deemed necessary by the state apiarist due to pesticide use patterns, a special registration list may be distributed more frequently;

(5)           Registration must be on forms provided by the Plant Industry Division and are available from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Plant Industry Division, 1060 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1060; Apiculturist, Entomology Department, NC State University, Campus Box 7613, Raleigh, NC 27696 and all agricultural extension offices.  The names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons authorized to receive notification must be of people within North Carolina and of such nature that the aerial applicator or his representative can easily give notification of planned application of pesticide; an alternative notification procedure must be provided by beekeepers who are away from primary notification address for periods in excess of 24 hours.  Beekeepers who cannot be contacted or notified of intent to spray for periods of time in excess of 24 hours are hereby declared not properly registered; and

(6)           A registration fee of ten dollars ($10.00) must be paid for each registration.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 106-638;

Eff. January 1, 2011.