Government and Bees
* Governor Cuomo proclaims June 20-26 NY Pollinator week; Proclamation (pdf)
* NYS Pollinator Protection Plan-A 44 page report, released June 14, 2016, PDF
* NYS Apiary Industry Advisory Committee (AIAC) meets this summer
“The duties and responsibilities of the apiary industry advisory committee shall include providing advice, comments, and recommendations to the commissioner in regard to state government plans, policies, and programs affecting the apiary industry and such other matters as the commissioner may request in relation to this article.”
Submitting comments to the AIAC:
Although many do not know, the AIAC has been meeting for many years. In an effort to make this group more inclusive, several new members have been appointed; I will be one of new members of the committee. I am waiting for details concerning the agenda of the next meeting. Send me any comments or suggestions regarding the State of New York and beekeeping. Tell me if you wish to remain anonymous. Please look over the new Pollinator Protection Plan (see page 29 and appendix A).
Comments can include suggestions regarding: marketing honey and honey products, education, outreach, mandatory hive registration, inspection of queens and bees for sale in NY, etc. Ideas stating how your suggestions could implemented are helpful. I will post info as it becomes available.
-Pat Bono, email@example.com