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Welcome to the Texas Apiary Inspection Service

The Texas Apiary Inspection Service (TAIS) is the sole agency responsible for regulating the apiary industry of Texas. TAIS is a state agency administered under AgriLife Research, a part of the Texas A&M university system.Honey bees are a vital part of the agricultural industry here in Texas and nationwide. Pollination by honey bees provides billions of dollars in added value to crops here in the United States. In order to ensure the health and safety of the industry, TAIS routinely inspects commercial operations for pest and pathogens and permits the movement of hives.

The TAIS web site is designed to provide answers to common regulatory and beekeeping questions. To facilitate finding information, we have broken up the site into two major categories. The “For Beekeepers” section has information geared toward beekeepers of all levels. The “General Public” section provides broader information about bees and beekeeping. If you have specific questions please use the “Give Us A Buzz” icon above or you can find our contact information below.