Re: new attempt at passing mandatory bee registration in NY
if the bill would accomplish d. above I might agree with you, but the bill will not do that. knowing where the bee keeper lives and the county they have bees in, doesn't help identify what hives may be infected with an afb out break. The beekeepers in the three clubs around syracuse want the notification of an AFB problem to be conveyed to the clubs and have the town and the person that has the outbreak so they can take corrective action.
Originally Posted by clyderoad
as to those 4 public hearings, #1 they were conducted during the week during the day when most of the beekeepers do have to go to work so only a handful of people that have a direct interest in funding that will result from this bill being at the meetings. If you look at the list of recommendation from the beekeepers that did attend the meetings and submitted very good ideas to be included in the bill, none of those ideas were included.
as to the inspection of nucs, I think that is a very good idea, IF they include in the bill what they consider as criteria for failure. leaving it to the discretion of the inspector is going right back to how the inspection service was run 15 years ago and why funding for inspectors was removed from the budget. The bill also lacks wording to insure that all nucs coming into the state even with "an inspections certificate" would have to be re-inspected to meet the criteria that NY now expects the nucs and packages to meet. I put this as unfair competition when my nucs have to meet a higher level of cleanliness than my competition.
as to asking that the small beekeepers have input into the bill as being a stall tactic, I say bull feathers, the small beeks would like to be heard b4 this becomes law, I also love the fact that only the Empire state honey producers where allowed to provide input, when this was the same bunch that got the last registration law repealed, what has change that you now want to put in an even worse bill?
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