Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The honey bee industry of Florida is of major importance in the pollination of various agricultural crops and in the production of high quality honey and honeybee products. Honey bee pests and unwanted types of honey bees that threaten this important industry must be regulated. The state registers and inspects honey bee colonies in order to certify them as free from pests and unwanted types of honey bees.
Pesticides can pose risks to managed honey bee colonies. Because both bee protection and crop protection are important to the success of Florida agriculture, the Florida Department of Agriculture (FDACS) has identified practices that growers, beekeepers and pesticide applicators can adopt to protect both crops and honey bee colonies.