Last Friday, a small crowd gathered in the agriculture building at the Minnesota State Fair. Beekeepers, entomologists, reporters, farmers and pollinator advocates circled around a small podium, waiting for Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson and Governor Mark Dayton to speak. The crowd wasn’t disappointed. In a short press conference, Frederickson and Gov. Dayton announced new rules to restrict the use of bee-harming pesticides — and make the state a national leader in protecting pollinators.
Dr. Marla Spivak — one of the top honey bee researchers in the nation and head of the University of Minnesota’s Bee Lab — spoke at the press conference. She noted:
The good news the Governor and our Department of Agriculture have released today puts Minnesota miles ahead of all other states in the nation in our efforts to help pollinators…. These actions the Governor and MDA are taking will begin to reduce excess use of one class of insecticides, the neonicotinoids, that research shows is highly toxic to bees and monarchs.
Read full post by PANNA’s Lex Horan posted on September 1st, 2016