Beekeepers stung by state’s proposed new regulations

MICHELLE BRUNETTI POST / PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – Beekeepers say proposed regulations from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture are unnecessarily stringent and will discourage beekeeping at a time when it should be encouraged.

But the department said it is simply following the lead of 2015 legislation directing it to develop statewide regulations in a way that balances the needs of beekeepers with the needs of their neighbors.

“There is no evidence that there is such a general problem with honeybees that such drastic new barriers to keeping bees should be adopted,” Janet Katz, president of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association, wrote in comments to the agriculture department …

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