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HONEY BEE SECTOR

Who is a Honey Bee Producer?

For the purposes of TAEP, an eligible Honey Bee producer must meet the minimum requirements of beekeeping experience and number of existing colonies as outlined below in Honey Bee Applicant Requirements. The proposed activity must encompass quality expansion or improvement of pollination or honey production. The eligible categories are:
• Apiary expansion
• Honey processing equipment
• Pollination services
• Honey processing facility

Honey Bee Applicant Requirements

Experience:

  • Only one Application B, per premises or property, per family owned land, per household, per business, per application period is allowed.
  • Minimum experience of three (3) years and current ownership of at least ten (10) colonies is required to participate.
  • Minimum experience of five (5) years and current ownership of at least thirty (30) existing colonies is required to request cost share for construction of a TDA licensed and inspected Honey Processing Facility.
  • Applicants must report experience and number of hives in application proposal to be eligible.
    — If the applicant has assisted other beekeepers and mentors in working directly with bees, he or she may count this hands-on experience toward the requirements. The applicant must list the beekeeper’s name, contact information, and length of time spent assisting this beekeeper for this experience to be considered.
    — There is not a year requirement for ownership of hives but applicants must own required number of hives at time of application.

Consumer & Industry Services (Regulatory):

  • Apiaries must be registered with the State of Tennessee at the time of the application period (June 1-7, 2014).
    — Contact TDA State Apiarist at 615-837-5342
  • If you pack or sell more than (150) gallons of honey per year, you must be licensed and inspected by the State of Tennessee as a food manufacturing facility.
    — Contact TDA Consumer & Industry Services at 615-837-5153

 

Honey Bee Producer Cost Share Opportunities

Standard Producer – 35% Cost Share - $10,000 Maximum
All approved applicants with Honey Bee projects are eligible for 35% cost share.
There are no special requirements for 35% cost share.

Master Producer – 50% Cost Share - $15,000 Maximum
To be eligible for 50% cost share, all approved applicants with Honey Bee projects must complete all special requirements prior to the program reimbursement deadline of May 1, 2015.

Special Requirements for 50% Cost Share
Must attend all courses to earn UT BeeMaster certificate
1. UT BeeMaster Program
For more information about this program please visit bees.tennessee.edu or call 865-974-0209

Additional Special Requirement Information
  • All sector special requirements must be completed by the applicant prior to the program reimbursement deadline May 1, 2015.
  • The registered name for the special requirement must be the same name as the individual applying for cost share funding.
  • Beginning on May 1, 2015, the BeeMaster certificates will expire three (3) years after issuance - click here to view certificate timeframe.
  • Visit the Producer Diversification Course Requirements Calendar to view upcoming courses that will apply towards the Honey Bee special requirements.

What Honey Bee Projects Qualify for TAEP?

The proposed activity must encompass quality expansion or improvement of pollination or honey production. The eligible categories are: Apiary expansion, Honey processing equipment, Pollination services and Honey processing facility. Examples of eligible and ineligible items are provided below.

Eligible Honey Bee Items:
  • Not all eligible items are listed, please contact the Producer Diversification Coordinator for project eligibility or clarification prior to applying for TAEP cost share.
  • All eligible items requested may not be approved due to the competitive evaluation of
    the program.

Apiary Expansion:
Beekeeping supplies
• Queens: one Queen per new hive –
Re-queening of existing hives is not eligible
• Package bees
• Nucleus colonies – honey bees & boxes
Hive or super equipment
• Deep supers – hive bodies 9 5/8“
• Illinois, Western, Medium supers 6 5/8”
• Shallow supers 6 1/4”
Frames – not for maintenance of existing colonies
• Deep supers – hive bodies 9 5/8“
• Illinois, Western, Medium supers 6 5/8”
• Shallow supers 6 1/4”
Foundation wax – not for maintenance of existing colonies
• Deep supers – hive bodies 9 5/8“
• Illinois, Western, Medium supers 6 5/8”
• Shallow supers 6 1/4”
Hive accessories – for increase, not maintenance
• Telescoping covers, Western, or flat covers
• Bottom boards
• Division board feeders
• Entrance feeder
• Top feeders
• Queen excluders
• Entrance reducers
• Metal frame spacers
• Metal rabbits
• Eyelets
• Frame wire
• Pollen traps

Honey Processing Equipment
Extractors – motorized recommended
Gates for honey storage
Containers – > 5 gallon and usually stainless steel
Uncapping knives
Capping scratchers
Immersion heaters
Band heaters
Drum handling truck
Strainers
Bottling bucket kit
Un-cappers
Wax melters
Honey dispensing tanks
Honey filter
Honey pumps
Honey bottling valve
Honey refractometer

Pollination Services
All items and equipment listed in above sections are also eligible under the pollination service
Trailers – size cannot be larger than needed for the number of colonies

Honey Processing Facility
Building materials to construct a licensed facility

Labor is only eligible for infrastructure projects. In order to be eligible for cost share reimbursement, labor must be quoted and performed by a contractor.


Ineligible Honey Bee Items – Most commonly requested

Bee brush
Bee escapes
Bee go – product for moving bees out of supers
Bee hats
Beekeeping gloves
Brood builder
Comb cutters
Corn syrup
Coveralls
Diagnostic kits
Electric embedder
Frame/ form board
Frame cleaner
Frame grip(s)
Frame fixers
Frame holders
Frame spacing tool
Fume boards
Grafting tools
Hive tools
Honey containers – buckets
Honey jars
Honey labels

Jar caps
Labels
Mailing cages
Maxant hive tools
Medications
Plastic queen cell cups
Observation hives
Queen cell protectors
Queen clipping scissors
Queen paint markers
Ross rounds
Section scraping tools
Small hive beetle traps
Smokers
Smoker bellows
Smoker materials
Sting kill swabs
Sugar
Swarm traps
Sweet bands
Used equipment
Used materials
Veils


For additional information call 1-800-342-8206 or email producer.diversification@TN.gov
Click here for more references
Eligibility Requirements Application Rules Application B Materials Application B Instructions