There was a bee related editorial in the
Unfortunately, the Maryland Department of Agriculture has only one full-time employee, plus some part-time contractors, to inspect hives for diseases. These inspectors have to do double duty advising beekeepers - which is not their job - because in 1996 the Maryland Cooperative Extension eliminated the last apiculture extension faculty position. If the system were working properly, the University of
would do research on how to improve beekeeping, and agricultural extension would bring it to the beekeeper. Maryland
But it's not happening. One example of this neglect: Since 1984, two types of invasive mites have devastated
bees, becoming resistant to several treatments in turn and leaving beekeepers without effective controls for these pests. But the Cooperative Extension has not revised its printed beekeeping handout since 1983. The inspection program needs better support; UM should do more practical honeybee research; and the beekeeping extension program needs to be revived. Maryland
Ahh, government inaction! Ooops, I meant in action.