Montana typically ranks in the top 10 states for honey production in the United States. The department registers all apiary sites in the state. Apiaries must be registered by April 1 of each year.
For producers, some good information on honeybee diseases, pathogens and colony collapse disorder can be found at the Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium website, see link below. Guidelines for protecting honeybees from pesticide exposure can be found here.
The Department of Agriculture in partnership with the Montana State Library-Natural Resources Information Systems has developed a website for the public to identify apiary sites throughout the state. This site will also enable the user to create a map showing a 3 mile radius circle around an apiary site. Use these instructions to navigate the NRIS site, see link below.
There are four types of apiary registrations:
Natural Resource Program Manager
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-3790
Fax: (406) 444-9493
Published: Thu Sep 22 16:49:00 MDT 2011.
Last Modified: Wed Nov 05 11:03:11 MST 2014