Keep bees? Want to grow hemp? Speak up!

 

On March 29, the House Agriculture Committee is hearing four bee-related bills, four hemp bills, and the bill to establish a farmer and rural business ombudsman.

 

That’s a lot to think about, so let’s start with the good bills:

 

  • The Ombudsman bill, HB 3115, is an important step forward for local food producers. Check out our fact sheet about why small farmers need this help.The Senate version of the bill had a positive hearing last Monday, and we’re excited that the House version is moving ahead also.
  • HB 2484 would establish a Bee Pollinator Goals Task Force, drawn from state agency officials, to develop statewide bee pollinator goals and metrics, and to report on the state’s progress on a biennial basis. These concrete measurements would help future attempts to promote pollinator health.
  • HB 136 directs Texas Agrilife Extension to develop educational material for pesticide applicator training that includes the impacts of pesticides on bees and other pollinators.

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