Legislative Issues and Updates

Legislative Issues and Updates

The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) works tirelessly in Washington, D.C., and throughout the U.S. to further our legislative and regulatory priorities that the ABF membership has identified as important to our business.

 

Below are issues that the American Beekeeping Federation is currently working on or involved in.

 

We can make a positive impact through strong governmental relations to bring our thoughts and concerns to the appropriate parties. We need to convey our message when proposed legislation and laws will adversely affect beekeepers and their business.

We promise to keep you informed of legislative issues throughout the year, and if we can better serve you as your ABF representatives, please let us know.

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House Ag Committee’s Ag Labor Working Group

WASHINGTON, DC —House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA-15) and Ranking Member David Scott (GA-13) released the following joint statement after the bipartisan Agricultural Labor Working Group (ALWG) released its final report. The final report is the product of a months-long effort to identify workforce issues faced by the nation’s agricultural producers and offer specific policy recommendations to address flaws within the H-2A visa program.

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**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS***

USDA Stands Up New Pollinator Subcommittee. – The National Pollinator Subcommittee is the newest subcommittee of the National Agricultural Research, Extension Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board. Click here to see the rest of Special Announcements.

Federal Notices and Open Comment Periods

Previously Shared:

  • USDA Highlights Efforts to Support Specialty Crops Sector. USDA announced that it is initiating a new effort to further support the U.S. specialty crops sector and increase the competitiveness of its products. A new Specialty Crops Resource Directory gathers information on USDA resources and services for specialty crops producers and businesses. Over the next several months, USDA leadership will engage directly with the specialty crop industry and producers to gain feedback on how the Department can better address gaps in services and better meet the industry’s needs. USDA encourages U.S. specialty crops stakeholders to submit comments by March 8, 2024.

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Events, Webinars, and Trainings

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Employment, Fellowship, and Internship Opportunities

New:

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Funding and Award Opportunities

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Awarded Funding and Recognitions

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Publications

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News

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Comment period open (and closing January 18) for new varroacide

Comment period for the potential registration of Vadescana dsRNA as a new Varroacide in the United States is now open.  EPA has acknowledged receipt of application, submitted by Greenlight Biosciences.

SUMMARY:

 

EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications.

To see all information including active ingredients, click on the Link to FR Notice

If you wish to comment, click on the Link to Comment Submission

The comment period closes January 18, 2023.

If you have questions about this process, would like potential USDA input, etc., feel free to reach out and I can help you coordinate with USDA’s Office of Pest Management Policy.

Rep. Austin Scott Leads Letter to the Department of Labor Opposing New Proposed H-2A Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08) led colleagues in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor Acting Secretary Julie A. Su opposing a September proposed rule regarding farm workers in the H-2A program.

“A streamlined H-2A program is critical for the agriculture industry, and many of our nation’s small farmers cannot keep up with these continuous rule and regulation changes,” Scott said.

“The Biden Administration’s war on rural America and our farm families continues. The H-2A program is critical to American agriculture, and this proposed rule simply creates additional layers of bureaucracy to an already burdensome process. America’s farmers aren’t the problem; costly, complicated regulations written by career bureaucrats who have never stepped foot on a farm are,” said Glenn “GT” Thompson, Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, who signed the letter.

 

Cosigners of the letter also included Representatives Rick Allen (GA-12), Jim Baird (IN-04), Kat Cammack (FL-03), Buddy Carter (GA-01), Scott Franklin (FL-18), Russell Fry (SC-07), Clay Higgins (LA-03), Ronny Jackson (TX-13), Dusty Johnson (SD), Rich McCormick (GA-06), John Moolenaar (MI-02), Barry Moore (AL-02), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Ralph Norman (SC-05), Greg Pence (IN-06), John Rose (TN-06), David Rouzer (NC-07), Claudia Tenney (NY-24), David Valadao (CA-22), Tim Walberg (MI-05), Bruce Westerman (AR-04), and Rudy Yakym (IN-02).

 

Rep. Austin Scott is currently the Vice Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

The full text of the letter can be found here.

The H.I.V.E Act

July 20, 2023, Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) introduced H.R. 4764, the Honey Identification Verification and Enforcement (HIVE) Act, which would require the creation of a standard of identity for honey and update the labeling requirements for honey. North Dakota is the No.1 honey state, producing approximately $31.2 million pounds in 2022.

“North Dakota produces more honey than any other state. Yet, there is no standard definition of honey. This puts American producers at a disadvantage against disingenuous or fraudulent “honey” imports. The HIVE Act will provide consumers confidence that when they buy a product labeled as honey, it’s actually honey. These updates are commonsense and long overdue,” said Congressman Armstrong.

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We believe these are important steps in helping to control the adulteration and misbranding of products claiming to be honey, including the new “synthetic” honeys being proposed by some companies and organizations.

 

Full text of the bill can be found here

Sample Letter

We have a sample letter that can be easily adapted by beekeepers.

 

Click here to download the copy.  You may make changes and then send contact your Senator or Congressman to encourage them to sign on to this bill.

 

Easiest way to find their contact information is at this site: https://www.contactmypolitician.com/

EPA/FDA Whitepaper on Modernizing Oversight of Products for Animals Regulated as Pesticides or New Animal Drugs

EPA Publishes New Webpage to Answer Frequently Asked Questions on the EPA/FDA Whitepaper on Modernizing Oversight of Products for Animals Regulated as Pesticides or New Animal Drugs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are publishing new web content to provide an overview of the topics raised during the public comment period and to answer frequently asked questions about EPA and FDA’s whitepaper, “A Modern Approach to EPA and FDA Product Oversight.”

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As an initial step, the agencies have published a new website to answer some of the public’s most frequently asked questions.

Interim Report of the House Agriculture Committee on Agriculture Labor

Congressman Crawford (R-AK) and Congressman Davis (D-NC) the bipartisan working group’s co-chairs are trying to deep dive into the current ag-labor programs we have, their initial finding document what we know, the current programs available to agriculture are not working and need to be fixed.   However, they are providing quantitative documentation for policy makers.
 
Click here for the entire Interim Report.

We Need Your Support!

We can make a positive impact through strong governmental relations to bring our thoughts and concerns to the appropriate parties. We need to convey our message when proposed legislation and laws will adversely affect beekeepers and their business.

We ask that you consider donating to the ABF Legislative fund so that we can continue voicing our concerns and have our collective voice heard.

Please visit www.abfnet.org today and click the “donate” button!