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    Default Pollinator Protection Act - Outcome?

    Can anyone tell me the current status of this? It was funded through 2012, but what is the outcome? H.R.1709

    Latest Title: Pollinator Protection Act
    Sponsor: Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] (introduced 3/27/2007) Cosponsors (52)
    Related Bills:S.1694
    Latest Major Action: 3/27/2007 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.
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    SUMMARY AS OF:
    3/27/2007--Introduced.


    Pollinator Protection Act - Authorizes appropriations to the Secretary of Agriculture, through the Agricultural Research Service, for: (1) personnel, facilities improvement, and additional research at Department of Agriculture Apicultural Research Laboratories; (2) research on honey bee physiology, insect pathology, insect chemical ecology, and honey bee toxicology at other Department facilities in New York, Florida, California, and Texas; and (3) research to identify causes and solutions for Colony Collapse Disorder.

    Authorizes appropriations to the Secretary, through the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, for research grants to investigate: (1) honey bee immunology, genomics, biology, ecology, and bioinformatics; (2) pollination biology; and (3) the effects of genetically modified crops, insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides on honey bees and other beneficial insects and pollinators.

    H.R.1709 -- Pollinator Protection Act (Introduced in House - IH)


    HR 1709 IH
    110th CONGRESS
    1st Session

    H. R. 1709
    To authorize resources for sustained research and analysis to address Colony Collapse Disorder, and for other purposes.
    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    March 27, 2007

    Mr. HASTINGS of Florida introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture

    A BILL
    To authorize resources for sustained research and analysis to address Colony Collapse Disorder, and for other purposes.
    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Pollinator Protection Act'.

    SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
    Congress finds the following:
    (1) Many of the crops that humans and livestock consume rely on pollinators for healthy growth. More specifically, pollination by honey bees adds over $15,000,000,000 annually to the value of United States crops.
    (2) One-third of our food supply depends on honey bee pollination, which makes the management and protection of pollinators an issue of paramount importance to the security of the United States food supply system.
    (3) Colony Collapse Disorder is the name that has been given to the latest die-off of honey bee colonies, exacerbating the continual decline of pollinators in North America. Colonies in more than 23 states have been affected by this disorder.
    (4) If the current rate of decline continues, the United States will be forced to rely more heavily on imported foods. Thus, American food security would be destabilized through adverse affects on availability, price, and quality of the many fruits, vegetables, and other products that depend on animal pollination.
    (5) Enhanced funding for research on honey bees, parasites, pathogens, toxins, and other environmental factors affecting bees and pollination of cultivated and wild plants will yield responses to Colony Collapse Disorder and other factors causing the decline of pollinators in North America.

    SEC. 3. SUSTAINED APICULTURAL RESEARCH AND COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER WORKING GROUP.

    (a) Agricultural Research Service- There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Agricultural Research Service, the following:
    (1) $3,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2008 through 2012 for new personnel, facilities improvement, and additional research at Department of Agriculture Apicultural Research Laboratories.
    (2) $2,500,000 for each of fiscal years 2008 and 2009 for research on honey bee physiology, insect pathology, insect chemical ecology, and honey bee toxicology at other Department of Agriculture facilities in New York, Florida, California, and Texas.
    (3) $1,750,000 for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2010 for an area-wide research program to identify causes and solutions for Colony Collapse Disorder in affected States.
    (b) Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service- There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, $10,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2008 through 2012 to fund Department of Agriculture research grants to investigate--
    (1) honey bee immunology;
    (2) honey bee biology and ecology;
    (3) pollination biology;
    (4) honey bee genomics;
    (5) honey bee bioinformatics;
    (6) sublethal effects of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides on honey bees and other beneficial insects; and
    (7) effects of genetically modified crops and their interaction with honey bees and other pollinators.
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    Default Re: Pollinator Protection Act - Outcome?

    According to congress.gov website. Bill was put to Committee on Agriculture in '07 and never had a call to vote.

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    Default Re: Pollinator Protection Act - Outcome?

    So . . . now what do we do?
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    Default Re: Pollinator Protection Act - Outcome?

    Anyone have more information on this?
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    Default Re: Pollinator Protection Act - Outcome?

    Obviously, beekeepers MoJo (JuJu?) was not powerful enough to move this bill further along. If you want a bill like this to go somewhere, bring lots of ca$h with you when you visit Washington!

    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Pollinator Protection Act - Outcome?

    My understanding is that if the bill was introduced back in 2007, and it wasn't put forward for the President to sign into law during that legislative session, it's now dead. So it would have to be re-introduced as a bill in the current session before it could go anywhere.

    Brian
    Hobby Beekeeper - Second Year - Two Hives

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