RD670 - Study on the Beekeeper Pollinator Protection Plan and Voluntary Best Management Practices to Improve Communication between Beekeepers and Applicators to Reduce the Risk to Pollinators from Neonicotinoid Pesticides – December 1, 2021

Executive Summary:

Chapter 458 of the 2021 Acts of Assembly, Special Session I, directed the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) to study the Beekeeper Pollinator Protection Plan (Plan) and voluntary best management practices for the purpose of proposing improvements to communication between beekeepers and applicators to further reduce the risk to pollinators from neonicotinoid pesticides. The chapter further required that VDACS provide a report on its findings to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources and the Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources no later than December 1, 2021. As allowed by Chapter 458, VDACS convened a stakeholder workgroup comprised of representatives from affected stakeholder groups while developing this study.  Based on feedback from the workgroup and guidance from staff, VDACS recommends updates to the Plan, the introduction of several education and outreach opportunities, and changes to the agency’s online systems that facilitate communication between beekeeper and pesticide applicators.