The Plant Industry Program functions of the WDA Technical Services Division are multi-faceted. Primary duties include:
- Apiary (honey bee) Inspections
- Commodity Grading
- Feed, Seed, and Fertilizer sampling & label reviews
- Leaf Cutter Bee Inspection & Sampling
- Nursery Stock Inspection
Apiary: 80% of all food crops rely upon honey bees for pollination. Inspection assures that the bees and honey comb are free from disease and parasites. Wyoming has 48,000 colonies of bees and averages 66 pounds of honey per colony.
Commodity Grading: Services offered include commodity grading for Wyoming's dry bean crops (primarily pintos & great northerns) and potatoes. East-central Wyoming and the Big Horn Basin are the regions for dry bean production. Southeast Wyoming produces seed and table-stock potatoes.
Feed, Seed, and Fertilizer Sampling/Inspection: To assure the Wyoming Consumer and Businesses receive quality products, field staff will sample products for compliance with label guarantees and labeling requirements. These services are coordinated with the Wyoming Seed Lab, Wyoming Seed Certification, and the Analytical Services Lab.
Leaf Cutter Bee Lab: Leaf Cutter Bees are very important for alfalfa seed production. An inspection and sampling program is maintained to assure that the Leaf Cutter Bees used for pollination are free from disease and parasites.
Nursery Stock: Nursery stock grown or shipped into or out of Wyoming is inspected for absence of injurious insects and plant diseases. Vigilance is maintained to assure the consumer that nursery stock is viable and that no new or exotic insects or diseases are brought into the state.
Apiary GPS Coordinates Listed by County (Excel Format)
The data provided is only as accurate as what has been provided to this office. It should be noted that not all apiary locations have been plotted and therefore the department takes no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the information provided, and this data is solely being provided as a public service. Apiary locations are known to be relocated due to environmental conditions or other industry practices.
University of Wyoming Resources:
Black Stem of Rust (Barberry) - Federal Quarantine
Mint Wilt Quarantine:
- Disease: Mint Wilt (Verticillium dahliae (V. alboatrum))
- States Regulated: All states, counties, or regions known to be infested
- Materials Regulated: All mint roots and plants except "Hybrid" mint seed stock. All mint equipment except that equipment that has a phytosanitary certificate from the state of origin
- Restrictions: All mint roots and plants are restricted except cuttings done by "tip cutting" or the Meristem procedure