Delegates Meeting Q and A

Fellow beekeepers, The TBA held its annual winter delegates meeting in College Station to brief member clubs on TBA activities and to receive feedback on future activities. Also solicited were questions pertaining to HB 1293. These were collected and are recorded here, verbatim, along with TBA's answers. The questions below came from two individual questioners. Thanks to the approximately 80 individuals who participated in the Winter Delegates Meeting! Regards, Roger Farr TBA Area Director (more…)

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Summary of Existing Bee Laws and Benefits of HB 1293

Summary of Existing Bee Laws and Benefits of HB 1293 Fellow beekeepers, The two documents linked in this post may help you see the advantages of HB 1293 to update the Texas bee laws, laws that have not been updated since 1983. summary-of-existing-bee-laws-in-texas-v-final benefits-to-beekeepers-hb-1293-v-final In the proposed legislation, HB 1293, there are provisions to benefit all Texas beekeepers, hobbyist, sideliner, and commercial. TBA, as the voice of Texas beekeeping, takes that responsibility seriously. This is why a committee of approximately 30 ...

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Update The Bee Laws

Two/Three Important Questions and Answers This week there has been lots of discussion around the particulars of HB 1293 to update the beekeeping laws in Texas. However, we've not formally answered the questions of why update the laws now and what are the benefits for the hobbyist beekeeper. That is the subject of this post. "What was the impetus or concerns that lead to the drafting of HB 1293?" Existing bee laws do not reflect current beekeeping practices, contain outdated regulations, and do not allow the Texas Apiary Inspection Service to its job of protecting ...

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Beekeeping Laws FAQ

This last week HB 1293 was introduced into the Texas legislature by Representative Tracy King. This bill will update the existing beekeeping laws in Texas for the betterment of the beekeeping industry, whether you are a commercial, side-line, or hobbyist beekeeper. Some questions and comments have been asked which we'd like to clarify with this post. "The bill seems to be mostly housekeeping. Is that correct?" - There are many housekeeping changes to the existing beekeeping laws, last updated in 1983, to bring it up to the state of beekeeping in 2017. One example ...

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House Bill 1293

House Bill 1293 filed to update Chapter 131 of the Texas Agriculture Code Representative Tracy King has sponsored House Bill 1293, to update Chapter 131 of the Texas Agriculture Code relating to bees and beekeeping in Texas. You can read, or download, the entirety of the House Bill 1293 at this link Please note that only those sections of Chapter 131 to be changed are in the bill. You will notice strikethrough writing to indicate those things that will be deleted, and underlined writing indicating the proposed additions. For the full text of the existing Chapter ...

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Introductory Letter

The TBA officers released an introductory letter outlining the reasons beekeepers should support updating Chapter 131 of the Texas Agriculture Code. TBA has worked for months with many of its members to craft legislation which would protect the interests of beekeepers in Texas as well as bring the existing bee laws, which were last updated in 1983, up to date. The legislation is labeled House Bill 1293 and is sponsored by Representative Tracy King. Please read the introductory letter from the TBA officers If you'd like to subscribe to the RSS feed for House ...

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Chapter 131 Communications Plan

TBA held its annual meeting and convention November 3-5, 2016, in Belton, Texas. TBA president Chris Moore gave a quick overview of where the process of updating Chapter 131 of the Texas Agricultural Code stands. He made the following points: 2015 - TBA asked for volunteers to assist in drafting the proposed changes to the existing bee laws. Approximately 60 people at the annual convention responded. March 2016 - TBA held a meeting at the Texas A&M Bee Lab in College Station to discuss the proposed changes and their impact, and to gather input. Approximately ...

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Texas Beekeeping Laws

Beekeeping is regulated in the State of Texas through Texas Agriculture Code, Chapter 131: Bees and Honey.  All beekeepers should read and understand these Texas statutes.  Additional regulations may be put in place by county administrators.  The County Clerk will provide any additional requirements, if any, to local residents upon request.    

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Honey Exemption – TX Senate Bill 1766

Honey Exemption Bill (SB 1766) was spear-headed by Montgomery County Beekeepers Association Past President Leesa Hyder (Texas Beekeepers Association Director- Area 4). She saw a need for a Honey Exemption for small-scale/hobby beekeepers. Before Senate Bill 1766, a small-scale honey producer was required to obtain and maintain a Food Manufacturers license in Texas. (more…)

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How Honey Bees Stay Cool

Honey bees, especially the young, are highly sensitive to temperature and to protect developing bees, adults work together to maintain temperatures within a narrow range. New research also supports the theoretical construct of the bee hive as a superorganism — an entity in which its many members carry out specialized and vital functions to keep the whole functioning as a unit.  How Honey Bees Stay Cool

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