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Alfalfa Leaf Cutter Bees


The Alfalfa Seed Committee manages this program, which is administratively attached to the Department of Agriculture. Alfalfa leaf-cutting bees are reared in Montana primarily for pollinating alfalfa raised for seed. Because of these very efficient pollinators, alfalfa seed growers can double to quadruple the amount of seed produced per acre.


Bee diseases and parasites can dramatically decrease leaf-cutter bee reproduction. Registration and certification of leaf-cutting bees is a means of providing information to beekeepers so they can make management decisions regarding pests.


Registration and Laboratory Fees are:

One time registration fee - $15.00
Basic laboratory analysis - $50.00 per sample
Sex ratio test - $20.00 per sample
Certification - $30.00/sample (must be an official sample), per diem, mileage, and a $10.00/hour sampling fee




Cam Lay
Natural Resource Program Manager
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-3790
E-mail: clay2@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9493


Published: Thu Sep 22 16:50:00 MDT 2011.
Last Modified: Thu May 05 09:38:13 MDT 2016