Registration Information for Proposed California Apiary Research Commission
In Order to Vote Beekeeper Registration Form Due by May 30, 2011
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is currently conducting a registration process for eligible beekeepers to participate in a referendum to determine if the proposed California Apiary Research Commission shall become operative. This proposed program was enacted into law on January 1, 2011, via the recent passage of AB 1912. However, in order for this proposed program to be implemented, it must also be approved by a super-majority of eligible beekeepers in an implementation referendum, which will be conducted by CDFA during the month of July.
All eligible beekeepers must register and provide proof of eligibility in order to vote in this referendum. No action is required if you do not meet the qualifications of an eligible beekeeper as defined.
The official registration notice and form that eligible beekeepers will have to complete in order to receive a ballot to vote in the referendum can be found at the links below. These documents can also be downloaded at www.cdfa.ca.gov/go/bees.
NOTE: The beekeeper registration form must be returned (postmarked) by May 30, 2011, in order to vote in the upcoming implementation referendum regarding the proposed commission.
After the registration period has ended, all registered beekeepers will be provided with additional instructions and a ballot to vote in the upcoming implementation referendum for the proposed California Apiary Research Commission. If you have any questions about this registration process or the proposed Commission, please contact Joe Monson with the CDFA Marketing Branch at 916.341.6005.
posted May 2011