Apiary (Bees)

Apiary (Bees)

Local apiaries are able to provide our growers with only a portion of the colonies required to pollinate the various nut, fruit, and seed crops in Glenn County. In March of 2017, the City of Orland was named the 40th "Bee City USA" in the Nation. Bees are nature's perfect pollinators and therefore essential to the success of the agricultural industry in Glenn County and throughout California. The Glenn County Department of Agriculture is dedicated to supporting the apiary industry by providing a variety of services established to both protect and promote healthy bee populations in our region. In order to supplement that need, bee colonies are brought in from Oregon, Washington, North Dakota, Montana, and Texas. In an effort to safeguard the health of our native bees and the vitality of beekeeping in our county, our office partners with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the California Bee Breeders Association (CBBA), local bee keepers, and neighboring counties to provide pest inspection services, bee export services, and the Tri County Bees Notification Service. Specifically, our office provides the following regulatory services:

  • Inspection for pests and diseases (including Foul Brood, Acarine Mites, Varroa Mites, Small Hive Beetle, etc.)
  • Issuance of shipping certificates
  • Hive registration
  • Provide for notification of insecticide applications in the vicinity of hives
  • Hive strength inspections
  • Follow-up homeowner complaints
  • Investigate possible Africanized Bees
  • Maintain a list of beekeepers who will collect a swarm

Apiary Forms / Links:

Glenn County Apiary Ordinance:

Other Important Links: