ELLSWORTH – A state representative, along with Environment Maine, has introduced a bill aimed at protecting bees and other pollinators in Maine.
The legislation would prohibit the use of neonicotinoids, a bee-killing pesticide.
An official with Environment Maine says every winter beekeepers expect a loss in bees. The sustainable rate, she said, is 15 percent.
In the winter of 2017-18 beekeepers in Maine saw a loss of 46 percent in their colonies.
“We believe that these chemicals should only be used by people who are trained and understand proper application amounts and techniques. To restrict these uses to just these producers protects those industries as well,” said Rep. Nicole Grohoski, D-Ellsworth.
Grohoski said the bill does not impact agricultural producers but the Farm Bureau is concerned about what comes next.
She said she has been working closely with the bureau on this matter.