What is the county apiary program?

Food and Agriculture Code (FAC) 29002 defines an apiary as “bees, comb, hives, appliances, or colonies, wherever they are kept, located, or found.” An apiary can be a backyard beekeeper with a single colony or a commercial beekeeper with several hundred colonies. The BeeSafe program assists beekeepers in mitigating bee loss caused by pesticides, theft and pests. The California Department of Food and Agriculture and the County Agricultural Commissioners work jointly to meet the goals of the BeeSafe program.