VIRGINIA STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

As a follow up to the email below, I wanted to provide the workgroup with the agenda for our September 29 meeting.  As mentioned below, the meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM at the Henrico County Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico, VA 23229.  


The attached agenda includes a series of questions and these questions will guide the discussion during the meeting.  Please take time to review the questions in advance of the meeting.   As you review these questions, please keep in mind that the workgroup is to study the Pollinator Protection Plan and associated best management practices for the purpose of "proposing improvements to communication between beekeepers and applicators to further reduce the risk to pollinators from neonicotinoid pesticides."  


Information on Virginia's Pollinator Protection Plan can be found by clicking here.


Thanks in advance for participating in this workgroup.  If you have any questions, please let me know.


I look forward to seeing everyone on September 29.  


Larry



The 2021 Session of the Virginia General Assembly enacted Chapter 458 (House Bill 2030), which directed the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) to conduct a study on the Beekeeper Pollinator Protection Plan and the associated voluntary best management practices, for the purpose of improving communication between beekeepers and pesticide applicators in an effort to further reduce the risk to pollinators from neonicotinoid insecticides.  More detailed information on HB2030 can be found by clicking here.  The Beekeeper Pollinator Protection Plan (Virginia's Voluntary Plan to Mitigate the Risk of Pesticides to Managed Pollinators), including associated best management practices, can be found on the VDACS website by clicking here.


To conduct this study, VDACS will be hosting a stakeholder workgroup meeting and you or your organization have been invited to attend to provide input on ways to improve communication between beekeepers and pesticide applicators.  The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 29, from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM at the Henrico County Tuckahoe Library, located at 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico, VA 23229.  If you cannot attend, please feel free to have someone else represent you or your organization at the September 29 meeting.  For your information, I am attaching a list of the workgroup members.


More information regarding the meeting will be provided at a later date.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (804) 371-7565 or larry.nichols@vdacs.virginia.gov.






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Larry M. Nichols

Director, Division of Consumer Protection

Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

102 Governor Street

Richmond, VA 23219

(804) 786-3523

larry.nichols@vdacs.virginia.gov  


Organization Contact
Virginia Pest Management Association Andrea Coron
Virginia Golf Course Superintendents Association Robb Bohannon
Virginia Agribusiness Council Kyle Shreve
Virginia Farm Bureau Martha Moore
Lawn & Turf (VA Turfgrass Council) Tom Tracy
Virginia Cooperative Extension Edwin Jones
Agricultural Producers/Private Applicators Shelley Barlow
Commercial Applicators (VCPA) Angela Phillips
Virginia Grain Producers Association Conner Miller
Virginia Wineries Association Laurie Aldrich
Virginia Cattlemen's Association Brandon Reeves
Responsible Industry for Sound Environment (RISE) Kristen Spotz
CropLife America Riley Titus
Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association Shellie Archer
Virginia Forestry Association Corey Connors
Virginia State Beekeepers Association Martha Kiene
Hobbyist Beekeepers Bill Bundy
Hobbyist Beekeepers Danielle Fontaine
Hobbyist Beekeepers Douglas Anderson
Hobbyist Beekeepers Ronald Stillwell
Commercial Beekeepers Richard Reid
Commercial Beekeepers Bob Wellemeyer
Commercial Beekeepers Steve Jones
Commercial Beekeepers Michael Sandridge




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