As the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) strives to improve beekeeping in Florida to make it more successful for everyone, we have been working together cooperatively with the Citrus Growers in Florida. This should make beekeeping and citrus production more profitable for everyone, in addition assisting with bee health issues.
Below is a recommendation for you to consider.
Recommendations to Improve Beekeeper and Citrus Grower Cooperation and to Enhance Bee Health and Citrus Production
One of the recommendations from the cooperative agreement is to post apiary locations during possible spray periods of citrus. Please complete the locations of your apiaries near citrus with geo-coordinates or an address. The information posted to the public will actually be the center of one mile squares.
Information is available at http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Agricultural-Envi...
This will accomplish two of the goals of the cooperative agreement –
Also you can use the website to locate citrus and alternative bee forage.
To expedite this information, and for your convenience, we have attached the document necessary for you to complete FDACS 08496. Please print it out and either mail it to the attention of David A. Westervelt, Chief Apiarist, 1911 South West 34th Street, Post Office Box 147100, Gainesville, Florida 32614-7100 or you may e-mail it to David.Westervelt@FreshFromFlorida.com as an attachment.
We appreciate your cooperation and are here to assist you to help make your beekeeping experience as successful as possible as we ensure to continue to keep the Nation’s valuable honey bee population healthy.
Our best wishes for a profitable 2014.
David A. Westervelt
David A. Westervelt
Assistant Chief – Apiary Inspection
Division of Plant Industry
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
1911 SW 34th Street
P O Box 147100
Gainesville, FL 32608-7100
(352) 267-2568 Cell