TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher today announced that beekeepers in New Jersey can now register as new beekeepers, update the registration of existing beekeepers, and add or remove over wintering beekeeping locations online through the Department of Agriculture’s New Jersey Forms and Registration Management System (NJFARMS).

The Department of Agriculture requires beekeepers to register their hives for inspection to ensure the honey bees are both pest and disease free. This action prevents and controls the potential spread of disease within bee populations.

Online registration allows for ease of determining the number and location of bee colonies, and this information can be used for a number of purposes.

Online beekeeper registration saves taxpayer dollars by eliminating postage and printing costs, as well as saving time, eases location of data entry errors, and provides better accuracy of information.

NJFARMS, which can be accessed at www.njfarms.nj.gov, also includes organic registration for those selling or distributing certified organic products in the state, and the store milk licensing for sellers of milk and milk products to obtain a New Jersey State Milk License online.

In the future, more functions will be added to NJFARMS to include other department regulatory programs.