Pollinator plan seeks to reduce Kentucky’s honeybee losses
Officials say Kentucky’s first pollinator protection plan seeks to reduce the state’s honeybee losses.
WFPL-FM reports the plan outlines best management practices for beekeepers, landowners, government agencies and pesticides applicators to help slow the rapid die-off of honeybees and other pollinators.
In the 1970s, beekeepers recorded honeybee losses of about 6 percent. Last year, it was more than 30 percent.
State Apiarist Tammy Horn says complying with the pollinator plan is voluntary, although federal mandate requires the state to create one.
The plan does not include a mandatory hive registration.
Nearly two dozen stakeholder groups, including beekeepers, environmental groups, researchers and farmers, provided input for the plan.
A public forum on the draft of the plan will be held Feb. 24 at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in Frankfort.