I received the attached letter to State Apiary regulators earlier today from Dave Westervelt of Florida’s Apiary Inspection program. The letter addresses Florida’s plan to support communication between beekeepers and citrus growers when citrus growers must make applications to citrus groves to prevent the spread of Citrus Greening. Citrus Greening is a serious threat to the Citrus industry in many parts of the world, and at this time the use of insecticides to control the vector insect is the only effective tool.
This tool will allow beekeepers to map their apiary locations and through that create an opportunity to communicate with grove owners about their application plans.
Please review the letter from Dave Westervelt (attached). Within the letter they provide a link to their program at: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Plant-Industry/Agriculture-Industry/Apiary-Inspection/Florida-Apiary-Citrus-Industry-Link-Mapping-Service
An alternative link, http://goo.gl/NZ3jdJ is also provided.
For those of you that take bees to Florida, I encourage you to sign up and register you apiary locations as requested by Dave Westervelt.
I am sending this letter to a broad list of Michigan Beekeepers, and I know that many of you don’t take your bees to Florida. I don’t have an e-mail address for all of the beekeepers that do, so if you can pass this information along, I’d appreciate it. If you have questions about this project, please contact:
David A. Westervelt
Apiary Inspection Section
Bureau of Plant and Apiary inspection
Division of Plant Industry
Doyle Conner Building, 1911 SW 34th St.
P O Box 147100, Gainesville, FL 32614-7100
Michael G Hansen