Research shows that there are roughly 120,000 beekeepers in the United States, the majority are hobbyists with fewer than 25 hives. Commercial beekeepers are classified as those with 300 or more hives, who frequently migrate their colonies throughout the year to provide pollination services to farmers and to find abundant sources of nectar. Commercial beekeeping companies are in many cases family businesses. Almonds and many other crops are 90% dependent on honey bee pollination.
Beekeepers are required to undergo hive and colony inspections. The owners must also apply for an annual registration or permits with the state or county and must comply with local zoning ordinances. Some communities also have specific health code or animal control ordinances. In addition, there may be corporate filings with the secretary of state.
The expert witness experience of these professionals includes bee sting injury evaluation, bee sting investigations, EPA regulatory issues, work with state and municipal agriculture and farming boards and commissions, bee hive set-backs, hive barriers, and licensing.
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