Legislative Request to
Many of you have experienced trouble with your
hives or have read about the many disorders and problems facing
the beekeeping industry. We as a group need to get the information
to our elected officials. The new Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)
has been in the news lately. It has started people asking more
questions about honey bees and what the effect is going to be
in Iowa. Due to the fact that Iowa beekeepers don’t have
a State Apiarist or a representative in the Iowa Department of
Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) any longer, we need to
do that job ourselves. Iowa is not being mentioned as being a
state with problems. Why are we not mentioned? It is because we
don’t have a voice in IDALS and no one is available to collect
data and pass it on to other organizations or to get something
done such as more money for research, etc.
Mike and I spent the morning at a legislative
coffee in Cumberland talking to three elected officials and the
public about the needs of the Iowa Honey Producers. It takes all
of us to work at this. We did find out that IDALS is receiving
more appropriations this year, so we need to emphasize the fact
that we need and active, working Apiary Department.
Please consider helping by contacting your elected
officials in Des Moines. Many of you know whom your State Representative
or Senator is. Contact them on behalf of the Iowa beekeepers and
tell them of the need for a State Apiarist in IDALS. We don’t
need a part-time person, we need a full time position filled.
If you aren’t sure who your representative is go to the
internet and put in Iowa Legislature in the search engine and
a list will come up. You can use it for committee listings or
for Senate or House listings.
Information concerning the facts and figures
of Iowa beekeepers is available at the IHPA website, www.ABuzzAboutBees.com
or you can contact me directly to get this information. I am adding
some information that the IHPA is requesting for the Apiary Department.
We would like a fully funded Apiary Department within IDALS. Here
is the proposal:
Iowa Honey Producers Association
Proposal for the Apiary Bureau
We feel that around $120,000.00 per year would
fund an apiary department. Mr. Bob Cox, the last Iowa State Apiarist,
was making about $45,000.00 per year in 2001 when he was terminated.
Add a 5% increase to that figure per year and a salary of just
over $59,000.00 per year isn’t extravagant for a qualified
person with a doctorate degree to serve as state apiarist. The
person has to put in long hours and a fair amount of travel is
necessary during the summer to see that all of the inspections
are done and to meet the educational side of the job. The state
apiarist also visits schools and other groups that may request
the apiarist to come and speak.
Questions on honey bees and beekeeping are directed
to the State Apiarist and apiary registration is necessary to
protect beekeepers from pesticide spraying. The State Apiarist
also educates and supervises the state inspectors.
The part-time inspectors have been getting by on a shoestring
budget for the past five years. There are usually around 900 hours
that any one inspector can use in the fiscal year. They earn around
$15.00 per hour, so that would calculate out to $41,500.00 for
The bare bones amount would be $99,500.00. An
additional amount of money would be needed for the apiarist to
perform the duties of State Apiarist. This money would be used
for materials, reference books and periodicals such as American
Bee Journal and Bee Culture, meetings to keep current on research
and other necessary items that have been misplaced or thrown away.
When you factor in all of the incidentals, a
budget of $120,000.00 for an Apiary Department is not out of line
and yet is not wasteful of the taxpayer’s money either.
Please help out your organization and your industry
by contacting your elected officials. I intend to do a vast emailing
Submitted by Donna Brahms
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