We have received the following communication from Mike Hansen, the State Apiarist for Michigan…
For the past several years that Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has secured a Section 18 label for the use of Hopguard in Michigan. We are starting the process of requesting a Section 18 label for this product for 2014 and we need your assistance.
Attached is the 2013 Hopguard Inspection Form. MDARD requests that users of Section 18 products provide responses to a short list of questions provided on this form so that we can provide the EPA with real time feedback on how the product performed for beekeepers in our state. When we submit our request, the responses you provided are used to help us identify a continuing need for this product.
Please take a few minutes to open the attached form, respond to the questions asked, and then please send your completed form to my attention either by e-mail or by mailing your response to me at the address below. I appreciate your assistance in gathering the information needed to provide this product in Michigan in 2014. I will make sure that Brian Verhougstraete, MDARD’s Pesticide Program Manager receives a copy of your response.
I would appreciate hearing from you by the end of November. If you know other beekeepers who used Hopguard in 2013, please feel free to send them the form and ask them to complete it.