Transportation of bees or used equipment into the State
From state inspector Dave Tremblay
Title 6 : Agriculture Chapter 172 : Inspection Of Apiaries
(Cite as: 6 V.S.A. § 3032)
§ 3032. Transportation of bees or used equipment into the State
(a) No bees, used equipment, or colonies shall be brought into the State of Vermont unless accompanied by a valid (government) certificate of inspection within the previous ten months from the state or country of origin stating that the bees, used equipment, or bee colonies are free from bee disease.
(b) Any person...who transports... used equipment or colonies to a point within this State shall provide the secretary with a copy of the certificate of inspection not more than 72 hours after entry into this State.
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§ 3028. Traffic in bees; inspection; certification
A person engaged in the rearing of bees for sale shall have his or her apiary inspected by the Secretary at least twice during each summer season and, if any disease is found which is injurious to bees, shall at once cease to ship bees from such diseased apiary until the Secretary declares, in writing, such apiary free from all such diseases, and whenever the Secretary shall find the apiary rearing bees for sale free from disease, he or she shall furnish the owner with a certificate to that effect.
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§ 3023. Duties to report
It shall be the duty of any person who is the owner of any bees, apiary, colony, or hive to report to the Secretary in writing:
(1) the location of all such apiaries and number of colonies. The location of an apiary shall become its registered location;
(2) the change of location of any apiary within two weeks unless the change of location is to provide pollination services and the colonies will be returned to a registered apiary. Hives from a registered apiary may be moved to another registered apiary without reregistering;
(3) the discovery of a serious disease within any of his or her colonies;
(4) the transportation into this State of any colonies or used equipment, except as noted in subsection 3032(c) of this title; and
(5) the fact that he or she is engaged in the rearing of queen bees or any other bees for sale, if applicable.
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