It really wouldn’t do to say that New Jersey’s beekeepers are angry as hornets, but they are definitely abuzz about the state’s draft regulations for keeping honey bees. Actually, it’s not just beekeepers that are put out by the Department of Agriculture’s proposals. According to the New Jersey Beekeepers Association, the 1,100 negative comments came from academics, legislators, beekeepers, environmental commissions, town councils, and county agricultural boards.
For the NJBA, more than bees and honey are at stake. It argues that the “whole system of policy-making” for the agriculture industry in the Garden State is at “risk” if the secretary of agriculture and his staff can “ram through policies and procedures.”