Awareness
News
April 15, 2024
HB-1698 undermines existing safeguards designed to protect both pollinators and public health
America/New_York
Share this news

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** 

New Hampshire Beekeepers Oppose HB-1698, Urges Public to Act April 13, 2024 

Today, the New Hampshire Beekeepers’ Association (NHBA) voices our opposition to HB-1698, soon to be heard and decided upon by the New Hampshire Senate. The bill eliminates the requirement to notify beekeepers, or anybody, from pesticide spraying when using aerial drone technology. 

You can read the amended bill here:

https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_Status/billinfo.aspx?id=1637&inflect=2&amendment-id=27113

Everyone, whether you are a beekeeper or not, benefits from honey bees and a host of natural pollinators that help ensure a robust food supply. The NHBA is seriously concerned, and speaks with one voice, that this legislation could have devastating consequences for bee populations, agriculture, and the environment. 

Beekeepers play a crucial role in pollination through their husbandry of beehives and contribute significantly to the state’s agricultural productivity and ecosystem health. However, the application of pesticides, particularly through aerial drones, poses a severe threat to bee populations and the delicate balance of our ecosystem that is already threatened by ground spraying. 

HB-1698 undermines existing safeguards designed to protect both pollinators and public health. By eliminating the requirement for public notification, the bill creates a significant risk of harm to bees, other beneficial insects, wildlife, and humans. Without proper notification, spraying pesticides in the vicinity of private and commercial beekeepers not only endangers foraging bees but has been shown to lead to the death of beehives as contaminated bees bring toxic pesticides back to the hive. Notification provides time for beekeepers to protect their bees and hives during pesticide spraying, as best as we can. 

"The potential consequences of HB-1698 are dire," says Mary Ellen McKeen, President of the New Hampshire Beekeepers Association. “Bees are essential for our food supply and the health of our environment. Allowing unrestricted pesticide spraying via aerial drones puts these vital pollinators at risk and threatens our agricultural heritage." 

The Senate will hear and discuss HB-1698 on Thursday, April 18 at 1:20 PM in Concord. Please attend to give your voice in opposition to this legislation, or through the following link: https://gencourt.state.nh.us/remotecommittee/senate.aspx. The New Hampshire Beekeepers’ Association opposes this bill and will do everything in our power to prevent, or reverse it. We urge concerned citizens to take action by contacting their representatives and expressing opposition to HB-1698. By raising awareness and voicing their concerns, citizens can help protect bee populations, safeguard the environment, and ensure a sustainable future for agriculture in New Hampshire. 

For more information, please contact:

Mary Ellen McKeen 

President, New Hampshire Beekeepers Association 

Phone: (603) 312-1027 

Email: maryellen.nhba@gmail.com 

### About New Hampshire Beekeepers Association: 

The New Hampshire Beekeepers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the interests of beekeepers, advancing beekeeping practices, and advocating for the protection of honeybees and other pollinators in the state of New Hampshire.

Download File
Share this news
Related News

Awareness

news and updates

May 10, 2024

Tell the Governor To Protect NH Families and Pollinators from Pesticide Exposures—Oppose HB 1698-FN!

Please join us today by calling on New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu to veto House Bill (HB) 1698.
April 28, 2024

Herbicide Use Notification from NH Electrical Co-op

NHE Co-op intends to apply herbicides along various power-line rights-of-way during 2024
April 27, 2024

Beyond Pesticides Creates 30 Second Action Form to Oppose HB 1698

This simple form will find and send your NH Senator your letter in opposition to HB 1698
April 26, 2024

NH Senate Subcommittee votes to advance HB 1698 to Full Senate for vote May 2, 2024

Despite opposition from NHBA, NH beekeepers and the public, HB 1698 moves to the NH Senate for full vote.
July 24, 2023

USDA Offers Disaster Assistance for Producers Facing Inclement Weather

USDA offers bee farmers risk management and disaster assistance.
July 24, 2023

Message from the NH FSA State Executive Director

Beekeepers may be eligible for disaster relief
July 13, 2023

Help the bees by creating a bee watering station

Bees need water to regulate the temperature in the hive and to dilute honey for eating.
June 28, 2023

Our top ten things ANYONE can do to help save the bees

Managed honey bee colonies in New Hampshire face many challenges that affect the ability of a colony of bees to survive and reproduce.
June 27, 2023

European Hornet Moth Spotted in Rye, NH

Sesia apiformis, known as the hornet moth is actually (as you’d guess from the name) a true moth rather than a hornet.
June 22, 2023

The Bee Informed Partnership Releases its 2023 Loss & Management Survey results

United States Honey Bee Colony Losses 2022–23: Preliminary Results from the Bee Informed Partnership
April 25, 2023

World Bee Day May 20, 2023

By observing World Bee Day each year, we can raise awareness on the essential role bees and other pollinators play in keeping people and the planet healthy, and on the many challenges they face today.
February 5, 2021

Winter 2021 NHBA Research Notes

Winter 2021 NHBA Research Notes
March 14, 2023

Update on the 2020 Honey Bee Nutrition project

We need everyone and anyone (children too!) who wants to be a citizen scientist to please participate! We will be building a database for anyone to use to determine when to expect plants to bloom, what should be blooming now, etc.