"Then the actual solution to the problem is NOT
to place up-front structural restrictions on the
inspectors, but to better support the State
Apiarist, and lobby to get him the power to hire
and fire at whim."
I don't think we have a state apiarist. That is one of the many problems with the current program. I don't know what the solution for this persistant problem would be, but the current program is more of a problem than a solution, and would need drastic overhauls to be successful. There is also the past tensions with NY inspectors that will cause future problems until NY beekeeps develop trust of the new program. Joel brings up valid points about not having a pool of skilled inspectors to draw from, and with the elimitation of the commecial beekeeps from consideration for a job as an inspector, there is a large void of skilled inspectors acceptable for the available jobs. What NYS deems acceptable inspectors might not be what NYS beekeeps deem aceptable.
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