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Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Petition 258
Petition Information
Petition Title Amendments to provide for waivers and a permanent exemption and to address public comment opportunities
Date Filed 7/24/2017    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner C.B. Ecker 
Petitioner's Request

Petitioner requests amendments to 2 VAC 5-319 et seq., Best Management Practices for the Operation of Apiaries in Order to Limit Operator Liability, to (i) provide a mechanism to offer public comment regarding the regulation via a regional apiary inspector; (ii) establish provisions for short-term waivers, long-term waivers, and permanent exemptions from the best management practices included in the regulation; and (iii) authorize the Virginia State Beekeepers Association’s website as an official communication outlet for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and direct VDACS to establish or reinitiate official communication with certain entities to communicate honey beekeeping policy to best inform apiarists without broadband service.

Agency's Plan

The Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services will consider this request at its next scheduled meeting following the public comment period.  This meeting will occur on December 7, 2017.

Comment Period Ended 9/10/2017
Agency Decision Pending    

Contact Information
Name / Title: Debra Martin  / Program Manager, Office of Plant Industry Services
Address: P.O. Box 1163
Richmond, 23218
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