Bee keepers to get help


Gov. Neil Abercrombie will sign a bill today intended to help small-scale bee keepers.

The bill reduces some of the regulatory requirements for operations that produce less than 500 gallons a year as long as certain safety requirements are met.

Such small-scale producers will not be required to receive a permit from the state Department of Health or process their honey in a certified kitchen if they pass a food safety certification exam and label their products as not being inspected by health officials.

The bill signing will occur in conjunction with Pollinator Week, which recognizes the role of honeybees in in plant pollination.

 

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