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Support Grows for Pollinator Protection Amendment in Farm Bill

by Josh Vincent — last modified Oct 23, 2013 02:16 PM

A group of 58 organizations and businesses sent a letter to Congress this morning urging support for the Hastings pollinator protection amendment to the Farm Bill.

The amendment, Section 11315, was proposed by Representatives Alcee Hastings and Marcy Kaptur. It is closely based on a prior Senate amendment by Barbara Boxer that did not receive a vote in earlier Farm Bill negotiations. If passed with the final Farm Bill, the amendment would:

  • establish better inter-agency coordination on pollinator health
  • create a USDA task force on bee health and commercial beekeeping
  • direct federal agencies to provide guidance on issues related to pollinator health, and monitor and report on health and population status of managed and native pollinators, including bees, birds, bats and other species
  • assess the feasibility for new public bee research labs

The letter was sent to leadership in the House Agriculture Committee, as well as House members of the Farm Bill Conference Committee. For the full text of the letter, including endorsing organizations, click here