Bill to create license plate for the Ohio State Beekeepers Association headed to the state legislature

March 18, 2014; COLUMBUS — State Representatives Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) and Dorthy Pelanda (R-Marysville) today announced the introduction of House Bill 474, legislation designed to support Ohio’s beekeepers through the creation of the Ohio State Beekeepers Association license plate fund. 

“Agriculture is Ohio’s number one industry, and few people recognize the importance of our state’s beekeepers and the vital role honey bees play in crop development,” said Dovilla.  “Cuyahoga County, and greater Cleveland in particular have some of the most active beekeepers and associations in our state who work to educate future beekeepers.”

The license plate fund established in House Bill 474 is designed to assist in promoting beekeeping, providing educational information about beekeeping, and supporting state and local beekeeping programs and research.

“An estimated 30% of the food that North Americans consume is produced from bee-pollinated plant life.  Bees also pollinate the food consumed by cattle, thus making ‘apiculture’ a critical component to our meat and dairy industries,” said Rep. Pelanda.  “However, our American beekeeping industry has been suffering from changing weather patterns and colony collapse disorder.  The beekeeper license plate is a means of recognizing the importance of this industry to our economy, and to our daily sustenance.”

Ohio has almost 4,400 registered beekeepers supervising more than 37,000 colonies across the state.

House Bill 474 awaits its first hearing in the House Transportation, Public Safety, and Homeland Security Committee. 

 

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