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California Laws | Food and Agriculture Code
DIVISION 13. BEE MANAGEMENT AND HONEY PRODUCTION
CHAPTER 1. BEES

29056. It is unlawful for any person to do any one of the following: (7609)

(a) Use any serial number brand unless it is registered pursuant to this article provided that the National Crime Identification Center (NCIC) numbers may be used. (7610)

(b) Alter, deface, remove, or obliterate the brand on any apiary equipment to prevent the identification of the equipment. (7611)

(c) Be in possession of any apiary equipment upon which the brand has been altered, defaced, removed, or obliterated. (7612)

Article 5. Intrastate Movement (29070-29074) (7613)(Text)

29070. (a) Any person relocating a colony of bees from a registered apiary in one county to another county, where the apiary is not registered for the current calendar year, shall notify the destination commissioner by telephone within five days of the first movement. The notification shall include all of the following: (7614)

(1) The name and address of the apiary operator or his or her designated representative. (7615)

(2) A telephone number where the apiary operator or his or her designated representative may be reached. (7616)

(b) The apiary operator or his or her designated representative shall provide locations of each colony upon request by the commissioner of any county. (7617)

(c) Subsequent movement into the destination county shall not require further notification to the commissioner if, when the apiary operator removes the last colony from the county, he or she notifies the commissioner of that final movement within 72 hours. (7618)

29070.5. (a) Any apiary operator or his or her designated representative relocating a colony of bees within a county where the apiary is currently registered is not required to notify the commissioner of the movement. (7619)

(b) The apiary operator or his or her designated representative shall provide the commissioner with all locations of colonies upon request. (7620)

29071. It is lawful for any person, except when prohibited by other provisions of this chapter, to do any of the following: (7621)

(a) Transport any contaminated hive, together with its contents, to a suitable place for burning, or to a wax salvage plant licensed under Article 11 (commencing with Section 29150), after the person has killed the bees in the hive and sealed the hive to prevent the entrance of live bees. (7622)

(b) Transport contaminated comb, including any frame associated with it, to a suitable place for burning, or to a wax salvage plant, licensed under the provisions of Article 11 (commencing with Section 29150) if the comb is tightly enclosed to prevent access to the comb by bees. (7623)

29072. No person shall move or transport any bees, comb, appliances, or colonies within the state which are diseased, except for abatement pursuant to this chapter or for research pursuant to Section 29074. (7624)

29073. The inspector, in a summary manner, may destroy where required, any and all diseased colonies, bees, combs, or hives which are unlawfully moved within the state wherever they may be found. (7625)

29074. The director by written permit, subject to conditions the director may determine are necessary to protect the beekeeping industry of this state, may authorize federal and state agencies to transport and maintain within the state diseased bees, comb, hives, appliances, or colonies for the purpose of studying methods of eradicating and controlling bee diseases. (7626)

Article 6. Notification Regions (29080-29082) (7627)(Text)

29080. As used in this article and in Article 7 (commencing with Section 29100) "director" means the Director of Pesticide Regulation. (7628)

29080.5. The director may, after notice and hearing, establish regions for the notification of apiary owners relative to pesticide applications if the director determines that the notification could be effectively accomplished on a regional basis and that there would be sufficient interest among beekeepers and pest control operators to make substantial participation in a regional notification system likely. The regions may be composed of more than one county or portions of counties, but no single county or portion of a county may become an entire region. (7629)

29081. Upon the establishment of a notification region, the director shall designate one of the commissioners within the region as the coordinator for the region. The coordinator may receive, upon request, any necessary technical assistance from the University of California, other commissioners, and the department in the development of a regional notification system. (7630)

29082. The coordinator may receive money from any source and shall deposit the funds in the Department of Pesticide Regulation Fund, or with the approval of the director, in the county treasury, for expenditure pursuant to the purposes of this article, upon appropriation therefor by the Legislature, or, if the funds are deposited in the county treasury, by the county board of supervisors. The director may, if he or she determines that it is necessary, establish fees for beekeepers and pest control operators who participate. The fees may, if necessary, vary for different regions, but shall in no case be greater than the amount necessary to defray the expenses of that region. If an unexpended surplus exists for more than two consecutive years, the surplus funds shall be transferred to the beekeeping program. If the operation of the system is suspended or terminated, any unexpended moneys shall be deposited in the Department of Food and Agriculture Fund to be used as prescribed in Section 29032. (7631)

Article 7. Use of Pesticides (29100-29103) (7632)(Text)

29100. (a) The Legislature hereby finds and declares that bees perform a valuable service to agriculture in this state. (7633)

(b) The Legislature further finds and declares that the necessary application of certain pesticides to blossoming plants poses a potential hazard to bees. (7634)

(c) The Legislature further finds and declares that the use of pesticides is necessary for the protection of agricultural crops. (7635)

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