STO urges more time for beekeepers
Becky Gillette

Save The Ozarks has recommended better protections for bees from herbicide spraying than what has been proposed by SWEPCO, which is to give 14 days notice to the Northwest Arkansas Beekeeper’s Association.

“The notice will indicate the location and day the company intends to apply herbicide so that precautionary measures may be taken by the beekeeper,” SWEPCO said.

STO notes that the register/club selected by SWEPCO, the Northwest Arkansas Beekeepers’ Association, does not reach the majority of beekeepers in Carroll County, who are involved primarily with the Carroll County Beekeepers Association. STO said prior notice of 14 days does not allow sufficient time to notify beekeepers in Carroll County where communication is often slow due to lack of computers and access to the Internet. STO proposes notification of at least 30 days.

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