The comment period is closed but there are still ways to show support. Visit the TAKE ACTION section below for more insights.
NJDA Proposal Review
page last updated 2/02/18 -10:30
You are urged to contact your legislators and urge them to support these Concurrent Resolutions
The Comment Review Period
The NJDA has reported that they received 1000 comments during the public comment period (thanks everyone!). Presumably they are reviewing but we do not have a date or information about how or when they will return with responses to the comments.
The comment period is closed but there are still ways to show support. Visit the TAKE ACTION section below for more insights.
Make sure you local representatives - town council, state repsentatives - know about proposed regulations and that you do not approve of them. Ask them to oppose them and express that the regulations should be withdrawn and rewritten
See the GET THE WORD OUT information in the RESOURCES Section below.
Tell anyone you know to contact their representatives and ask that the regulations be withdrawn and rewritten. Tell them of the impact and ask them to voice a concern. Everyone has a stake in this. Share on social media.
Beekeepers do a great job. Still, we need to support each other and make sure we are all up to speed on proper beekeeping practice and most of all being good neighbors.
In a 'who, what, where, when' type of format, we have extensively broken down the details of the proposal and impacts for you. Consider this a resource to get informed, learn what is going on, and find help to get engaged and keep abreast.
This is the full proposed regulations, stripped down, uncluttered, and with a margin area if you want to print the resource and take notes.
Note: We would recommend you read the full version at least once to become acclimated with the full breadth of what is proposed.
This is the full document with a navigational table of contents provided so you can find different content and jump around.
- It has an introduction section to give you more tips for getting around in the document, how it is structured, and other helpful aids
Support Assemblyman Dancer and Senator Van Drew in their request for rules amendment or withdrawl.
On February 2nd, 2018, Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer (R-LD12) and Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-LD1) sponsored Concurrent Resolutions in opposition to the proposed beekeeping resolutions as "inconsistent with the intent of the Legislature" stating that unless the rules are amended or withdrawn within 30 days, they will seek to invalidate the rules.
Beekeepers are requested to contact your legislators and urge them to support these Concurrent Resolutions.
OTHER ACTIONS one can still take
Contact your local Municipal Agricultural Board or equivalent
- It is a good idea to start here and then reach out to your local municipal officials (township committee, etc.)
- Inquire if they know about it and if not provide them with a package.
- Provide them with a basic overview and ask them if they will help you bring it to your municipal elected officials
Contact your local representatives
- Make sure your town/township/city/county officials know of your concerns.
- If applicable, ask them to support a resolution in opposition of supporting the regulations
Contact your State and/or US Government Representatives
- Make sure your state representatives know what the NJDA is doing and ask them to intervene on behalf of the bees.
Contact a local Newspaper, Radio, or TV Station
- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper or call a local radio station expressing your concerns and concerns of the greater impact. Ask for public support.
Tell your friend - Share on Social Media
- Tell friends and co-workers. Share concerns on Facebook or other social media.
Do Not Be Mean
- You can attack the proposed regulations and say anything you want about them, but NEVER say anything disrespectful about the people who work at the Dept. of Ag. A good rule of thumb is to focus your comments on the proposed regulations.
- When interacting, be nice. It will not reflect well if anyone detracts from the main concern by negative interactions. The beekeepers of NJ have manintained a long standing partnership with the NJDA and we will get past this.
- Stay with the facts, and do not sensationalize.
- Work toward the ultimate goal, a workable solution.
Do Not Employ Form Letters
- A direct individual response, no matter how small or concise, will provide the best result. Short effective responses often have the most impact.
- Form letters, like junk mail, are rarely effective and by practice every duplicate message is likely to be discarded and not count.
Do Not Panic
- This will be a journey and it will take time for the process to run its course. There are no immediate impending impacts to beekeepers and there is time to come back together and sort this out.
- There is no need to sell off hives or take any drastic actions. There are many beekeepers that will support a proper resolution and dire measures are not required.
Looking up state and local representatives
- Scroll down the page and see the section GET THE WORD OUT. We have amassed links and provided instructions how to find and make contact with local and state representatives and other stakeholders.
Example Beekeeping ResolutionA resolution example that was employed in a local town. Intended to serve as a blueprint for creating a response for your hometown.
Town Talking Point Script Template
A template used to present the topic to a town committee or organization.
New Jersey Senate and Assembly Representatives - resources to identify and make contact
NJ Legislature District Map - http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/districtnumbers.asp
NJ Districts and Contacts by Municipality - http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/municipalities.asp
Alphabetical Listing of representatives - http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/abcroster.asp
County and Municipal Websites
Call or write Lieutenant Governor - Kim Guadagno
(She signed the bill that gave the State the right to handle beekeeping issues, and removed it from the hands of each municipality)
Secretary of Agriculture - Douglas H. Fisher
President NJ State Board of Agriculture - Santo John Maccherone
Full Listing of State and County Agriculture Board Representatives
This list may be outdated given recent elections but it is a comprehensive resource and a good place to start
- It has the listing of state organizations
- It also includes the principles of every county agricultural board/district
New Jersey Beekeepers Association
President - Janet A. Katz
PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY, MD
- A very similar suggestion in Prince Georges County, Maryland concerning the management of bees in populated areas.
- We suggest you read the newsletter embedded on the page for a primer on what is happening. It is scary how closely what they have going on resembles what we are seeing. Is it possible that our Ag board consulted with them or vice versa? Some of the considerations look to similar to be coincidental.
Some of our beekeepers have shared their comments with the board members. If you are a NWNJBA member would like to see some samples of comments provided by our beekeepers Email the NWNJBA secretary Eda Schmalz and she will address your request.
NJ Beekeepers Abuzz over Proposed Regulations
CBS NEWS New York Channel 2 -
Local beekeepers push back against proposed regulations
Atlantic City Press - We understand an article is pending (Michele Post author)
Star Ledger - http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/01/post_416.html
Bad Buzz on pending NJ agriculture rules
Buzz over state beekeeper laws beganin Peapack-Gladstone
The Bernardsville News - http://www.newjerseyhills.com/bernardsville_news/news/buzz-over-state-beekeeper-laws-began-in-peapack-gladstone/article_a6eec42c-08a0-5296-817c-f336b8e95d0f.html (Requires Subscription)
South Jersey beekeepers stung by proposed state regulations
LETTER: Act now to help save New Jersey’s honeybees
LETTER: 'Bee Man' urges opposition to proposed bee rules
NJ.com (Hunterdon Democrat) - http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2018/01/bee_man_urges_opposition_to_proposed_bee_rules_fee.html
Senator Kristin M. Corrado
Municipal & County Governing Bodies and Officials, Boards of Agriculture, Planning Boards
Bergenfield - Resolution passed opposing the NJDA Regulation
Bridgewater Township - Resolution passed
Buena Vista - Resolution passed
Burlington County (Board of Agriculuture) - Resolution passed
Clifton - Resolution passed
Clinton (Town Of) - Resolution passed
Creskill Borough - Resolution passed
Dumont - Resolution passed
East Amwell Township - Review with the Agricultural Board + Resolution passed opposing the NJDA Regulation
Egg Harbor Township - Resolution passed
Franklin Lakes Borough - Resolution passed
Greenwich Township Land Use Board - Resolution passed
Harrington Park - Resolution passed
High Bridge - Resolution passed
Highland Park - Resolution passed
Hopewell Borough - Resolution passed
Hunterdon County (Board of Freeholders) - Resolution passed
Lambertville (City) - Resolution passed
Lebanon Township - Resolution passed
Mercer County (Board of Freeholders)
Monmouth County (Planning Board) - Resolution Passed
Morris Township - Resolution passed
New Milford (Borough) - Resolution passed
Oradell - Pending (may be done, do not know outcome)
Readington - Resolution passed
Ridgewood - Resolution passed
Ringwood - Resolution passed
Rutherford - Resolution passed
South Hackensack - Resolution passed
Somerset County (Board of Agriculuture) - Resolution passed
Springfield - Resolution passed
Upper Township - Resolution passed
Waldwick - Resolution passed
West Milford - Resolution passed
County Agriculture Boards
Bergen County Board of Agriculture
Burlington County Board of Agriculture
Somerset County Board of Agriculture
Dr. David C. Gilley, Associate Professor of Biology, William Paterson University
Deborah A. Delaney, PhD., Associate Professor of Apiculture, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware (MAAREC representative designated by NJDA to consult in drafting the rules per legislation)
American Cranberry Growers Association
South Jersey Bayshore Coalition
New Jersey Farm Bureau
Environmental Commissions and Organizations:
West Amwell Township
Essex County Environmental Commission
Isles, Inc. (Community development and environmental organization fostering self reliance)
Pequannock Township Environmental Commission
Upper Deerfield Environmental Commission
St. Matthews Lutheran Church Green Team (Moorestown)
Monmouth County Planning Board Environmental Council
Note, these accounts are as accurate as we can be. Accounts are being passed to us by our beekeeping friends. We are keeping a list so local beekeepers can know if anything was done in their town.
As an aside, the January 19th deadline is only for comments. Beekeepers can share their concerns with the municipalities of New Jersey after January 19th, it will still be impactful for them to weigh in.
If you know of any that we do not have on our list and want tell us, write firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
EnviroPolitics Blog - Beekeepers buzz town officials about residential hives
NorthJersey.com - Beekeepers protest proposed state regulations impacting backyard hives
Residents Express Concerns Over Potential State Beekeeping Regulations Regarding Property Size and More
TAPinto the Breeze - https://www.tapinto.net/towns/bridgewater-slash-raritan/articles/residents-express-concerns-over-potential-state-b
Big Buzz About Bees in Hunterdon
TAPinto Femington/Raritan - https://www.tapinto.net/towns/flemington-slash-raritan/articles/big-buzz-about-bees-in-hunterdon
The proposed regulations will impact all hobbyist and small scale beekeepers and beekeepers are not in support. Below is a summary of the main objections in the proposal.
Requires Mandatory Notification Process
Imposes Restrictive Limits on Number of Hives Allowed
- Setting restrictive limits on the number of colonies you can keep or outright banning the ability to keep bees.
- Hobbyist beekeepers will be required to notify nearby neighbors every year that bees are kept on the property.
- There is not an abundance of neighbor problems or medical emergency incidents to warrant this.
Requires a Complicated Waiver Process
- In a large number of cases beekeepers will require submission, and a hopeful approval, of a waiver to keep bees on their property. This is especially true if one wishes to keep more bees than the paltry 2 hives allowed.
Overbearing Management Practices
- Require overbearing management practices that are too stringent, scientifically unfounded, and at a significant cost and effort to local beekeepers.
Lack of Practical Application and Enforcement
- There is little expectation that the state and municipal organizations are equipped to handle and enforce the practices that are being proposed. They are not staffed or funded for such oversight and the implication is that this will not result in a workable solution.
Regulating to Solve a "Non Problem"
- While conflicts are present at a very minimal level, this proposed regulation in no way reflects the amount of oversight required to address infrequent problems. The notifications, overburdening management practices, and restriction of hives required is in no way commensurate to the scarce problems and encounters that are present anywhere in the US let alone NJ.
Beekeepers Prepared and Submited Comments
Beekeepers across the state prepared and submitted their comments to the NJDA. Over 225 copies of comments were submitted during the public comment window.
- To aid in this, the NWNJBA has created some versions that are far easier to read and review (see below)
Political Information - Calls to Action
Support Ronad Dancer and Senator Jeff Van Drew
Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer (R-LD12) and Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-LD1) have sponsored Concurrent Resolutions in opposition to the proposed beekeeping resolutions as "inconsistent with the intent of the Legislature" stating that unless the rules are amended or withdrawn within 30 days, they will seek to invalidate the rules.
Reach Out to Local Municipal Officials
Raise awareness to your local officials and let them know what is going on. Educate them on the impacts and ask them to weigh in. We encourage you to reach out to your local Agriculture / Extension representatives in addition to local municipal committees/officials.
Reach out to State Representatives.
Let your state representatives know about the proposal from the NJDA and its impacts. Tell them you do not support it and anticipate that they will not either.
This is not simply a beekeeper issue. Honey bees are one of the groups of pollinators that pollinate one out of every three bites of food we eat. Everyone will be impacted. Less local honey, less bees for our gardens, vast environmental impacts. Tell your neighbors.
It is likely that some may not have any background, are new to this, and would wonder what were the overall activities that proceeded the release of the proposed regulations. There is an extensive background that may be of interest. Here is a summary of key milestones.
A Working Model
There was a working model in the state of NJ. The beekeeping legislation enacted had the high level oversight. It was supplemented and supported for a lengthy period of time via a document created by the NJDA called "Best Management Practices for Beekeepers in Populated Areas".
This document along with reviews by the NJ State Apiarist and representatives of the NJBA governed over the infrequent beekeeping complaints that surfaced in the state.
An Unfortunate Incident
Some sporadic incidents occurred with the growing popularity of beekeeping but things were under not out of control until one marquee incident caused a pocket of concern. Some residents of the town of Peapack-Gladstone had a rather difficult time with a beekeeper and drove awareness of lack of leverage for neighbors to resolve their issues.
Working on a solution
The NJDA and NJBA partnered to draft some more specific guidelines and worked to pass legislation that allowed the NJDA to set statewide guidelines for the oversight of beekeeping practices in NJ. This was done on the premise that practices would be consistent, fair, and would include input from both the public and beekeeper stakeholders.
A false start and warning of what was to come...
The NJDA released a draft proposal for comment to the state in July 2017 (July 27th, 2017). Beekeepers across the state were shocked and dismayed at what was proposed and numerous comments directly to the department were sent voicing vehement opposition. For reasons undisclosed, but perhaps due to backlash, the NJDA withdrew the draft. The draft included multiple additions above and beyond what was being discussed including a newly proposed notification process which required for registration and a waiver process for those who would systematically fall out of compliance given the sweeping changes.
The NJBA and other organizations provided feedback against the draft but little collaboration was to follow.
Re-Release November 20th, 2017
The proposal was re-released in November of 2017 in very similar form to the July proposal but with additional stipulations and expansion of rules, definitions, and amendments. Again, the feedback from the beekeeping community was expressed but the document stands as submitted for comment.
Public Comment Window, Response required by January 19th, 2018
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture public comment period for the draft regulations closed.
Department of Ag Board Meeting
Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher shared that the NJDoA has received 1000 comments. There were assurances that rules would be amended for all acreages.
Question? Do minutes get posted from this meeting? If anyone knows, please send an email to email@example.com.
Concurrent resolutions in Opposition
Assemblyman Rondald S. Dancer and Senator Jeff Van Drew sponsored concurrent resolutions
Searching for a more pragmatic solution
The NJBA and its members are driving to expose the flaws in the draft proposal and reopen discussions about developing a practical set of best practices that will not be a burden to beekeepers, will continue to allow a vibrant place for hobbyist beekeeping, and keep vital honey bees responsibly managed throughout the state of NJ.
Registration is mandatory for all beekeepers going forward.
- Beekeepers, likely in most cases, will have to be compliant with the proposed regulations upon submission and correct any non-compliance.
- They will have to prove that they have provided written notice / notified their neighbors.
- They will have to affirm there are no citizen complaints against them.
Affirmation of Neighbor notification
- All beekeepers will have to provide some proof that they have formally notified ajacent neighbors that they will be keeping bees. In some cases, depending on stipulations in the regulations you will have to go farther and notify those who are 200 feet or closer to your property lines.
No outstanding citizen complaints
- A beekeeper must vouch that they do not have any outstanding, unresolved complaints, regarding beekeeping against them at time of application.
Submission of the 'Box Brand' insignia that is required to uniquely identify hive ownership- Beekeepers must upload a form of proof that they have 'branded' their hives. It alludes to some sort of unique insignia, marking, or initials. This of course implies that all equipment is going to be properly marked.
Beekeepers will have to ensure that a water source never runs dry and that it has provided at least one gallon a day per hive throughout the year.
Except for a few specific conditions, all beekeepers will have to employ some form of flyway barrier in front of their hives. It has to be placed in front of all hives and extend 10 foot further past the last two hives.
All beekeepers will have to maintain beekeeping management records for at least 6 years back and provide them to officials on demand as requested.
Waivers are required for anyone that has too many hives should the regulations be adopted or if one desires more hives than the regulation allows.
This is a list of requirements that are listed throughout the regulations. it is not all encompassing but represents a reasonable sample of what is required to maintain compliance for keeping bees*:
1. Mandatory Annual Registration
- Include details that were not required prior
2. Training Records for 6 years3. 1 Gallon of water per hive maintained every day - never runs dry
7. Maintain Branding (Marking in some way) Hives
8 Inform on Zoning - If where you reside is permitted use
9 Maintain Hive Management records
- Include documentation that hives have been managed no less than three times
No casis for the quantity allowed
- There does not seem to be a basis for how many hives are allowed on properties of different sizes.
- Even populous cities have more generous allocations.
Lack of recognition of the diversity of the state
- It seems as if a least allowable principle was applied for the entire state. Land and population density/design varies widely in NJ. As an example, a 1/2 acre plot in Newark bears little resemblance to a 1/2 acre lot in the Pine Barrens.
- The regulations are written as one size fits all and appear to require the waiver process to make distinctions for differences.
- There needs to be reasonable classifications that make the guidelines simple to apply and enforce. It is not reasonable to employ a 'least common denominator approach'.
Agriculture vs. Non-Agriculture Distinction
- The proposed regulations take a viewpoint that agricultural land use is a factor for keeping bees. This is not a current principle for hobbyists and is not relevant. Areas that are non-agricultural have strict limitation or bans for the number of bees kept.
- Other pursuits, like keeping chickens for example, do not employ an agricultural use governance design so why require it to keep bees?
Limiting bees because of perceived 'newbie' ineptness
- It seems the overarching focus is keeping new beekeepers out of trouble. A worthy problem to solve, but limiting all beekeepers, new and experienced equally applies a standard that is not reasonable.
- Most municipalities have dozens of beekeepers who successfully maintain multiple beehives and no one is the wiser. These are hives in prominent locations and restricting the number of colonies based on property size does not take into consideration the various factors that determine what will and will not be successful.
Land Use Limitations and Unintended Consequences
- Many hives will be impacted (possibly eliminated) if new setbacks and clauses are enforced. Hives near schools, churches, playgrounds, and sports fields have a proposed setback and use qualification requirements, This seems innocuous but it is likely to have a reasonable impact in many communities where hives are already (peacefully) in place with no difficulties. There is no rampant problem that needs to be solved with these types of neighboring uses.
Provision to Supply a Stipulated Quantity of Water and that doing so negates conflict
- The proposal indicates that a gallon of water is required daily for each hive. This is not scientifically supported or factually correct.
- Bees are not domesticated. Providing water is simply not a magic activity that will keep bees from flying to undesirable water sources like neighbor's swimming pools.
- We agree, as a good practice, beekeepers should supply water; That is what it should say to be reasonable. As to how much and where it should be located, there are better resources that give guidance and beekeepers should be consulted to agree upon the parameters.
- It should not infer that bees can be tamed to go to a provided water source and lead neighbors to think that they should not anticipate bees visiting their water features.
- There should be recognition that providing water is not required if a water feature (pond, stream, etc.) is located near an apiary.
Flyway Barriers- There is a provision that apiaries must have a flyway barrier in most cases. This is an overreach of the concept.
Mandatory Training and Documentation Requirements
- Not as egregious as some of the other items called out here, the proposal indicates that initial and continued education is required. What is at issue is the ambiguity of execution.
- The standard of what training is required is not spelled out so a beekeeper can know if they meet the standard if called into question.
- It is unclear if the current state of beekeeping training across the state would meet the demand for every beekeeper that requires training. As it is beekeepers find it difficult to get into beginner courses because the demand outstrips the courses available. What would be helpful in recognition of these facts is more collaboration with the NJDA and sources to arrange for more training be offered in the state?
- There is an insinuation that mentors can be sought to aid in resolving the requirement. This too would be overreaching as it is highly likely that there are not enough mentors willing or available to fulfill the need.
- Beekeepers, who are on the whole likely to be compliant, will be required to maintain training and submit verification of compliance on demand if an occasion arises. Most will never be challenged, yet they will have to maintain vigilant of records in case they are ever called into question. There has to be a better way to go about this or negate the need altogether.
- The proposal calls for all hives to be 'branded'. This equates to physical branding or marking. It has reasonable application in some cases but in most cases it is redundant and not necessary.
- Where hives are on a property not owned or away from the beekeeper's residence, is it a practical suggestion? If the hives are on the property of the registered owner then there should be no confusion as to who owns them.
- Hives sold and other circumstances have real world implications of making this practice ineffective.
- An alternate suggestion that is far less burdensome might be a single sign posted to identify the ownership of a collection of hives.
Notifications- How much is it going to cost in time, money, effort, and frustration for beekeepers to notify neighbors as required?
- It is anticipated that a large number of beekeepers have more hives than will be permitted. The number of beekeepers who immediately find themselves non-compliant will not be trivial. Keeping in mind that there are limited conflicts with established beekeepers, does this suggest that the new regulations are overly restrictive?- As with registration, notifications of waivers must be made to all who have property within 200 feet of the property line. This for many can be even more burdensome than the notification for standard registration.
We love pollinators and never want to see unwarranted limitations
- Beekeepers love their bees. How is anything that is going to have a large scale effect on limiting bees going to be good - especially for agriculture?
Fewer Bees - Fewer Options = Less Beekeepers and More out of Pocket Costs
- Parasite Varroa Mites have had a profound impact on beekeeping. These parasites in recent years have very much challenged beekeepers and it is not uncommon that hives succumb even if proactive varroa mite practices were employed.
- Losing two hives, when you only have two, is a high probability.
- For this reason many beekeepers keep more hives to increase their chances for recovery from loss.
- Beekeepers with multiple hives can mostly be assured to have hives that survive; and that can be employed in the replacement of lost colonies.
- Beekeepers restricted to two hives face three likely scenarios:
1. Both hives survive and they carry on
2. One of the two hives survives and they use the remaining hive to recover (while losing productivity of the hive because of the impact) or they keep one hive and hopefully keep it viable.
3. Both hives die and they have to pay to replace them and restart or they quit - both bad outcomes
Some beekeepers keep many bees for various reasons and limitations of hives kept are going to thwart these uses
:: Queen ProductionOne aspect of keeping bees for some beekeepers is the raising of queens. How does the limitation of two hives for much of the state impact this management practice?
(small scale commercial beekeepers) do it for honey and resources to make products from beehives.
- Beekeeping educators need to have a lot of bees to use for learning the craft. They might employ different hive types or management practices for larger scale beekeeping practices.
- Certain management practices require several hives in order to implement.
The stipulations of water required for a colony are necessary but the manner proposed is not well presented. The amount of water required is erroneous, not supportable, and not scientifically sound. Water is a good idea, on that we agree, but how it is being mandated requires further evaluation and a more workable approach.
Swarm Mitigation TechniquesThe insinuation that replacing honey bee queens as a tactic to control swarming is not plausible as suggested. In addition the aspect of maintaining a nucleus on the property for swarm management (so swarms have a place to go) is patently wrong. The chances of an active swarm choosing a nucleus (a smaller size hive box that is half the size of a normal box) sized hive staged in the apiary is simply not a viable idea. Management practices and education help beekeepers prevent swarms but it should be kept in mind that swarming is a sign of healthy well provisioned colonies. Sometimes even the best practices cannot thwart swarming impulses and this is a good thing. There does, after all, have to be bees in the feral world too.
Flyway barriers are a good tool in certain circumstances but only need be employed when it will make a difference. Building a fence, one that will not be a burden to maintain, is not a simple task and requiring doing so should be warranted. Installation of materials, whether it be bushes or fence posts is time consuming, costly, and in some locations may actually require a permit. If it make sense, and there are times it does, it is a useful tool. Define the circumstances where it is prudent, have the beekeepers agree, and amend the stipulation where it works for everyone.
These were presented as some representative samples. There are several more examples in the proposed regulation and we are sure that beekeepers will share their thoughts when submitting comments.
What if beekeepers who have a lot of hives are forced to reduce to two to comply?
- What are beekeepers supposed to do with the excess bees and equipment they have?
- Is it fair to assume that once passed they will have no recourse but to spread their bees to other locations?
- Will that not result in proliferation of colonies - sitting away from hobbyist beekeeper direct oversight throughout NJ?
- Is this well thought through or are there better solutions?
- The time given to remediate, it seems impractical. On one hand, it infers that dealing with problems is complicated and on the other hand it gives a short window for beekeepers to comply.
What about swarms?
- Swarming is a natural reproductive process of honey bees. It is inevitable. With restrictions, what incentive will there be for typical beekeepers to capture swarms?
- Will there be a shift in the number of unmanaged colonies in the wild from lack of swarms being taken in and properly managed for disease?
- What about the greater exposurer to the general public of swarms?
- What of the likely outcome that beekeepers will not want to collect swarms because they won't be able to keep them.
- Where will more uncollected swarms end up - buildings, undesired places?
- Will a greater number of swarms result in a shift of bee stock in NJ to feral, unmanaged for disease, colonies?
What is the uncounted monetary impact?
- What will be the impact to beekeeping suppliers who rely upon the business of New Jersey beekeepers. What will be the impact in sales due to the perceived downturn of hives kept to be kept in the state?
- What about the added costs to municipalities who bear the burden of oversight and enforcement?
What of the new conflict resolutions that will result?
- Isn't it probable that notifying neighbors will result in new exposure to the keeping of bees drive unnecessary conflict in situations where there is no real risk? Could this lead to unwarranted censure and uninformed concerns around keeping bees?
NWNJBA - Your Hunterdon and Warren Representatives
District 15 - (Hunterdon and Mercer)
Sen. Shirley Turner
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora
Assemblywomen Elizabeth Muoio
District 16 - (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset)
Sen. Chris "Kip" Bateman
Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker
District 23 - (Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren)
Franklin Township (Hunterdon)
Franklin Township (Warren)
Mansfield Township (Warren)
South Bound Brook
Union Township (Hunterdon)
Washington Borough (Warren)
Washington Township (Warren)
Sen. Michael Doherty
Assemblyman John DiMaio
Assemblyman Erik Paterson
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