Political Action

The Colorado State Beekeepers Association is concerned about the many challenges facing bees and beekeeping in today’s environment.  There are lots of opportunities for you as a beekeeper or you as a member of the general public to provide input to various causes.  Here are some opportunities for involvement:

State Issues:

This year’s legislative activity is focused on the Sunset Review of the Colorado Pesticide Applicators Act (PAA).  There are several State statutes that “sunset” unless they are reviewed and re-enacted by the legislature.  This year, the PAA is up for review.  The CSBA, along with a variety of other constituents and stakeholders, submitted recommendations to the Department of Regulatory Authority (DORA) for inclusion in the DORA report to the legislature.  The CSBA submitted the following recommendations:

1.  Modification of the composition of the Pesticide Advisory Committee specified within the statute.  Currently, the committee is comprised of 7 formulators or applicators, 2 members of the public, 1 from CSU specializing in pesticide safety and 1 from CDPHE.  We recommended the committee be expanded to include a beekeeper, a specialist in children’s health and a member of the non-farming public.
2.  Modification of the sunset review period from 10 to 5 years.
3.  A transparent database and map function.
4.  Integrated Pest Management mandate for state property, including schools.
5.  Modification to the incident reporting process
6.  Local control

For a full copy of the CSBA letter, click here.

DORA released their report in October of 2014 and did not recommend any of CSBA’s suggestions to the legislature.  For a copy of the DORA report, click here.  (Be sure to check out pages 27 and 28.) We believe that the PAA is unsatisfactory as it currently reads as well as with the proposed modifications from DORA.  Our only recourse, thus, is the legislature.

If you think that 10 more years is too long for the PAA to not even mention the word pollinators, we need your help!

If you think that having the PAC composed mainly of applicators and formulators “regulating the regulated”, we need your help!

If you think it is OK for untrained applicators to apply chemicals to your child’s (or grandchild’s) school playground or building at any time they want, with whatever product they want, we need your help!

If you think that waiting days for the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) to show up to test your hives for chemical residue and then wait another 6 months to a year for a report to be generated, we need your help!

How can you help?

1.  Read the documents provided so you know about the bill.
2.  Talk to your legislators, Senators and Representatives, about your issues with the PAA.  Ask them to support the changes that you agree with. Send a hand-written letter if you would prefer to write (or are good at it!).
3.  Talk to your family, friends and neighbors and encourage them to do the same. Don’t dally.
4.  Follow the bill in the legislature and testify at the public hearings.

CSBA is working with some of these other constituent groups, particularly People and Pollinators Action Network (PPAN), a 501c3 organization.  Feel free to like PPAN on Facebook, too! A copy of PPAN’s suggestions may be found here.

Local Issues:

Currently, Westminster, Broomfield, Lafayette and Brighton are working on lifting bee bans and imposing restrictions.  We can always use citizen involvement.  Please contact your local council representative and express your support for sensible beekeeping regulation.  Thank you.

CSBA Committees:

The CSBA has formed several committees to work on various statewide issues of importance.  They are:  Agritourism, Best Practices, Data Collection, Forage, and Master Beekeeper.  Although there is no longer a pesticide committee, plenty is still being done on pesticides.    If you are interested in serving on any of the committees, please contact the committee chairs.  Service is not limited to CSBA members.

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Upcoming Events

Apr
1
Wed
6:30 pm SouthEast Beekeepers Club Monthl... @ North Pinery Firehouse
SouthEast Beekeepers Club Monthl... @ North Pinery Firehouse
Apr 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The SouthEast Beekeepers Club is a fairly unstructured group of beekeeping people who get together once a month to share information, ask questions, get news, etc. Other than having a pot luck prior to and[...]
Apr
2
Thu
6:00 pm Spring Splitting your Hives
Spring Splitting your Hives
Apr 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
April is the time of year for splits as the first calls for swarms start coming around April 10th. This class focus is judging your hive for the right time to split. Splitting with or[...]
Apr
4
Sat
10:00 am Introduction to Beekeeping
Introduction to Beekeeping
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
This class focuses on starting a beehive in April with a bee package or nuc. Preparing your equipment where to place your hive. What to expect when getting started. Classes At Wardle Feed Saturday Mornings[...]
Apr
7
Tue
9:00 am Hands-On Beekeeping Series @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Hands-On Beekeeping Series @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Apr 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come join us for a hands-on series of 8 classes that will support you through the beekeeping season from March to October. Location: Classes are held at the Growing Gardens Greenhouse 1630 Hawthorn Ave Boulder,[...]
6:00 pm Swarms: How To Catch A Swarm
Swarms: How To Catch A Swarm
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In this class the first rule with any swarm is safety. How locate and identify wild hives in your area. Different methods for capturing swarms and why. Swarm traps and more. $35 per couple Classes[...]
Apr
8
Wed
6:00 pm Introduction to Beekeeping
Introduction to Beekeeping
Apr 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This class focuses on starting a beehive in April with a bee package or nuc. Preparing your equipment where to place your hive. What to expect when getting started. $35 per couple Classes At the[...]
6:30 pm Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Apr 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
This month’s meeting will be held at the United Power Building on March 11th at 6:30pm. Miles McGaughey will be our guest speaker and will be covering topics relevant to this time of year. Other[...]
7:00 pm Mile Hive Bee Club @ Mercury Café
Mile Hive Bee Club @ Mercury Café
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hello Mile Hivers, Don’t forget our next meeting is this Wednesday 2/11/15 at 7 PM. We will meet at the Mercury Café which is located at 2199 California St Denver, CO 80205. Regards John
Apr
11
Sat
9:00 am Class II: Understanding the Bees @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Class II: Understanding the Bees @ Growing Gardens Greenhouse
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
In this class we will focus on basic honeybee biology, the caste and rolls of bees that live in a colony and cover the ecology of honeybees. In the lab we will learn about hive[...]

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