In order to
legally keep honey bees in the State of Louisiana, there
are few simple requirements.
The information here is not
to discourage anyone from keeping bees. It is rather
simple to become a beekeeper and the Louisiana
Beekeepers Association encourages and will support
anyone who wants to become a registered Louisiana
beekeeper! For a brief walk though of the process you
can contact board member and beekeeper, Robert Taylor.
His contact number is (985) 969-4647.
scroll down to the lower part of this page and join the
1. Check with you local city
ordinance before acquiring any honey bees. May not be legal in your
area! If it is not legal in
your area get with a friend who lives in an area where it is
2. You must register your bees
with the Department of Agriculture & Forestry.
Click here to
view a printable form, fill it out, then mail it to: Horticulture &
P.O. Box 91081
Baton Rouge, La 70821-9081
3. You must follow the "Model Beekeeping Ordinance
for Louisiana Local and Municipal Governments".
Basically, this is about being a "good neighbor" with your
Click here to view and print out a copy for your records.
It is very important you
register each location that you will be keeping
your bees with your local Mosquito Control
Click here to locate your local office.
Please do not ignore this advice! The LBA is
working very close with the Mosquito Control
Association to avoid any unnecessary bee kills
from the application of insecticides either by
truck or by air.
*On a special note: People wanting to keep bees
within the city limits of Hammond, La. must also register their bees
with the permit office. Their contact number is (985) 277- 5640, ask
for Donna or Nash. No paper work involved and no
fees required. They just want to know where the bees are going to
The LSU Research & Extension Service has provided a
publication titled "Beginning with Bees".
Click here to order a publication from the extension service, or
click here to view and print out a copy.
Winners Of the
1st. place: Sharon Hebert
Aryon and Cathy McGuire
2nd. Sharon Hebert
3rd. Art Prell
1st. Brenda Brown
2nd. Art Prell
Save the Honey Bee
License Plate is now available!
DMV for your special plate!
Pursuant to HB 234 of the 2012 Louisiana Legislative
is $25.00 per year, plus all applicable fees that would normally
apply to any Louisiana plate. In addition, for the first year
there is a onetime handling fee of $8.00 and an administration
fee of $3.50. Remember, when you purchase this plate it is a two
year plate, so the cost will be $50.00. You should get some
credit for time left on your old plate but don’t expect much
credit. Please note that if you are replacing a four year plate
you will only get credit for a portion of a two year replacement
The royalty fees
will be used solely for financial aid for graduate students
working on applied honey bee research projects at the U.S
.Department of Agriculture Research
Laboratory in Baton Rouge,
*Get in touch with the DMV to
order a “Save the Honey Bee” license plate as soon as possible
at the website below and follow the instructions.
2. Type in
your existing license plate number then press submit, you will
go to a new page.
3. At the
top of this page you will see the different types of plates.
Choose “Special Interests” and scroll down
through the list to “Save the Honey Bee” (click on it).
cost of the plate showing that it is good for two years will
5. On the
lower left side of this page press the link “Ordering Details”.
6. On the
lower left side of the new page press the link “Order Form”. New
the form, fill it out, include your check or money order, a copy
of your current registration, and your proof
of insurance. Mail it in!
If, for some reason, you cannot complete the process online you
will see a contact number on their
website; call them, and they will
walk you through the process.
“MEMBER GET A
Membership in the Louisiana Beekeepers Association (LBA)
is a privilege, but more importantly, an obligation.
Louisiana beekeepers can only help themselves and their
industry by participating in dialogue that sets our
state’s beekeeping policies. Anchored in a rich
tradition of service, the LBA has always promoted a
healthy, productive beekeeping industry. This can only
be done through a strong state beekeeping organization.
To accomplish this we need the help of more beekeepers.
Our current membership consists of less than 50% of the
state’s registered beekeepers. That has got to change if
we are to remain a voice for Louisiana beekeepers.
You can help us and help yourself by joining the LBA
today. More importantly you can recruit other beekeepers
into joining the LBA. To help increase our membership we
have launched a “MEMBER GET A MEMBER CAMPAIGN.” Simply
talk to fellow beekeepers about their participation in
their state beekeeping association through membership.
In turn, ask their assistance and support in recruiting
other LBA members.
Our membership application contains a referral blank to
be used to list the member that inspired a new member to
join the LBA. An award awaits three individuals ( 1st.
2nd. and 3rd. place) that bring in the most new members
in 2013. The award will be presented at our annual
convention, which will be held in
the St.Tammany Parish area
the first weekend in December. Contact any officer or
board member if you need more information on promoting
membership in the LBA.
Thank you for your
Rules for the
"Member Get A Member Campaign"
1. Contest start
date: November 1st. and continues through the New Year.
Contest end date: October 31st. of the following year.
2. 1st. place:
Plaque and $50.00 check.
2nd. place: Ribbon and $25.00 check.
3rd. place: Ribbon and $10.00 check.
The local club in which the first place winner is a member of
will win a one year associate membership, valued
3. The winners
will be contacted before the convention by the "Member
Get A member" chairman in order to
see if they will be attending the convention. If they will
not be attending, for whatever reason, the winnings
will be sent home with a person of their choice. It
up to the winners to make these arrangements.
4. LBA officers
and board members can participate in the contest, but
cannot win the contest.