On July 31, in a bill signing ceremony at the Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market in New Brunswick, Acting Governor Kim Guadagno signed three pieces of legislation passed unanimously by New Jersey lawmakers in support of beekeepers in the Garden State.
“These bills collectively provide appropriate protection to New Jersey’s growing beekeeping industry, support the Garden State’s commercial and recreational bee industry, and heighten public awareness of the importance of bees to our food chain,” said Guadagno.
New Jersey has more than 3,000 registered beekeepers who tend colonies of honey bees, the official state insect, and other bee species like mason and bumble bees that are critical to crop pollination.
Many of these beekeepers, from all walks of life, got their start with Rutgers Bee-ginner’s Beekeeping course, offered by the Office of Continuing Professional Education at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. [Read more…]