CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Lawmakers in Oregon are taking action to prevent the bee die-off that is endangering farms and orchards across the state. This follows several major incidents in the state in which thousands of bees were killed from improper pesticide use.
The task force, named by Governor Kitzhaber, will submit a report to state legislators by October first outlining recommendations for pesticide restrictions, as well as public education and outreach.
Local master gardeners say saving bees is among the most important issues affecting agriculture in the state.
“The protection and advancement of the environment for bees is one of the critical things that we’re going to be dealing with,” said Sherri Morgan, President of the Jackson County Master Gardeners. “That and water.”
The Jackson County Master Gardeners offer assistance home gardeners in this area who want to learn how to avoid pesticides or properly use pesticides.
A schedule of workshops can be found at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/gardening/mga.