Why do NJ beekeepers feel they’ve been stung by state DOA?

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CARLY SITRIN / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Honeybee colonies worldwide have come under attack in recent years by the mysterious colony collapse disorder and vicious mite infestations. Now, in New Jersey, state regulations aimed at backyard beekeepers could become another threat to the bee population.

The proposed regulations would, among other changes, ban individuals from maintaining hives on properties of less than a quarter acre and place a two-hive limit on beekeepers with anywhere from a quarter acre to five acres of land.

The more than 3,000 hobbyist beekeepers in the state who see themselves on the front lines of sustainable farming say the proposed rules could significantly harm their practice and crush the nearly $2.5 million bee-related economy in New Jersey – a state that claims the European honeybee (Apis mellifera) as the official state insect …

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