Beekeepers Ask Dept. of Agriculture to Ban Bee-Harming Pesticide

Updated: 03/05/2014 11:04 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Beekeepers across Minnesota on Wednesday will ask lawmakers and the Department of Agriculture to help protect bees.

The petition is asking the state to stop the use of certain pesticides for corn and soybeans that they say are harmful to the bees, specifically neonicotinoid seed treatment.

The petition is signed by 40 commercial beekeepers representing more than 40,000 hives. It will be delivered to Commissioner Dave Frederickson by beekeeper Steve Ellis of Barrett, Minn.