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It’s that time of year when we start to think about all the joys of spring: warm rains, flowers blooming, and—if you’re thinking about raising honey bees—shopping for your “nuc!” Honey bees are vital to the health of Maryland’s agricultural industry, and many farmers also see the honey and beeswax as potential additional revenue sources. Because of their importance to agriculture, however, most states, including Maryland, have comprehensive laws aimed at maintaining honey bee health, which the state takes very seriously. In fact, violation of Maryland’s laws is a misdemeanor crime. So, before you buy your brood, make sure you understand what’s required under the law to keep honey bees in Maryland.Read More