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New Jersey State Apiarist


New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry, P.O. Box 330
Trenton, NJ 08625-0330




(609) 406-6964


Without a healthy honey bee population, successful fruit and vegetable production would be at risk. New Jersey's 20,000 bee colonies, valued at $350.00 per colony, represent a $7 million honey bee industry for the state and contribute to successful production of nearly $200 million worth of fruits and vegetables annually. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture's Division of Plant Industry protects the pollination needs of the fruit and vegetable industry by ensuring that the honey bee population, both native and migratory, is free of injurious honey bee pests and diseases. The Division requires control actions when contagious diseases and pests are detected.

The New Jersey State Apiarist is Meghan McConnell. Prior, McConnell worked as the State Apiarist with the Delaware Department of Agriculture performing inspections, certifications, research and beekeeper education. She enjoys working in the field and educating beekeepers about the industry. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science & Technology from the University of Maryland and is completing a Master of Science in Entomology. She is the current owner/manager of Holly City Honey Bees in South Jersey and Delaware.

Fax: (609) 406-6960