Senate Bill 5017 – Defining honey bee products and services as an agricultural product

washington_state_sealThe Senate Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development Committee held a public hearing January 13, 2015 at 8AM on defining honey bee products and services as an agricultural product.

This is an important issue as beekeeping is considered agriculture at the federal level but is not recognized in Washington State as being a direct agricultural activity or agricultural products.

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?year=2015&bill=5017

Dear Fellow Beekeepers,

DO THIS TODAY. It takes about 2 minutes to make a difference. Here is what you do:

How to contact your legislator representative:

Dear Fellow Beekeepers,

DO THIS TODAY. It takes about 2 minutes to make a difference. Here is what you do:

  1. Go to http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/
  2. On the map, click on your district. Then click on one of your legislators.
  3. Then click on e-mail them.
  4. Enter your address, etc. and it will send you to a page where you can
  5. Tell them the bill of interest: SB 5017
  6. That you support it
  7. Want the note sent to all 3 legislators.
  8. Paste in a copy of letter (below) or something similar.
  9. Thank them for the work they do for us.

First, thank you for all you do for us. Please support your honey bee industry. Please support Washington State Beekeepers by putting beekeepers on the same field as farmers. Help define honey bee products and services as agricultural products. Remember, beekeeping is agriculture. Pass SB 5017. The pressure on honey bees and beekeeping operations will not disappear. Help grow the Washington State beekeeping industry so we can compete on a level playing field.

Thank you.

 

Comments

  1. Cara Hagar says:

    I am a very small beekeeper, but very interested in doing my part to further the causes of bees and beekeeping. Could you please articulate exactly why it is important for bee products and services to be classified as an agricultural product? And also, is it possible we’d be less able to effect legislation when on the same playing field with the heavyweights, big agriculture? Thank you!

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