What are honey label requirements?
See the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Food Safety Branch Food Manufacturing Program Commercial Food Manufacturing in Kentucky – A Starter Guide and also the FDA website for Honey Labels Guidance and Compliance Policy for Honey Labels.
Can I keep a beehive on my property in Kentucky?
Although KRS 252 does not define honey bees as livestock, anyone wanting to become a beekeeper should check with the local county clerk to see if there are ordinances in place restricting beehives. So, as long as there is not a nuisance ordinance, homeowners have a right to maintain a beehive on their property. Precautions should be considered for elderly people, tethered animals, or small children in the vicinity of hives.
Beekeepers also should anticipate problems such as honey bees getting salts from swimming pools, or swarms that present an alarming sight. This year, cicadas are set to emerge, and people’s fears, already stoked because of the Asian Giant Hornet, will be even more heightened.
Can I move beehives across the Kentucky state line?
If beekeepers are bringing hives across the state line, they can email the Kentucky State Apiarist their health certificate. If beekeepers are taking hives out of state, they need to email Kentucky State Apiarist to arrange an inspection date. If beekeepers are simply moving bees across county lines within state boundaries, no inspection is needed.
Do I have to register my beehives in Kentucky?
There is no registration of beehives required in Kentucky; however, you can register to be notified when agricultural pesticide or mosquito control spraying occurs in your area.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture Pollinator Protection Stakeholder Plan has a registry that is free.
To be placed on a mosquito no spray list contact Tammy Robinson