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Apiary and Sensitive Site Database and Map Available (06/23/16)

For years, applicators, bee keepers, organic growers, and vineyard enthusiasts have struggled with pesticide drift incidents.

Apiary and Sensitive Site Database and Map Available

For years, applicators, bee keepers, organic growers, and vineyard enthusiasts have struggled with pesticide drift incidents. Bee kills, loss of organic certification, and grape injury have led to costly complaint investigations, expensive lawsuits, hard feelings, and even bankruptcies of farms and businesses. In almost all cases, good communication and accurate mapping would have gone a long ways to avoiding the problem in the first place.

While online lists, registries, database, and mapping systems have been around for the last several years, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture has integrated all these approaches, plus an automated alert system into their latest, “Apiary and Sensitive Site Database”.

If you are a pesticide applicator you can register an area where you are going to be applying pesticides and receive alerts regarding sensitive locations in your designated area. If you are a bee keeper, organic grower, etc., you can register your sensitive site(s) and you can also receive alerts for watch areas of pesticide treatments.

The system has evolved over the years from nothing more than a simple list of names with contact information, into a useful and interactive mapping and alert system tool. Check it out and create an on-line account to register your application territory or sensitive site.

Go to: https://beemap.ndda.nd.gov. For questions concerning the database and mapping system, contact State Apiary Inspector Samantha Brunner at (701) 328-2240 or sbrunner@nd.gov

For information on pesticide use issues and North Dakota’s Pollinator Protection Plan, go to: https://www.nd.gov/ndda/files/resource/ND_Pollinator_Plan_2016.pdf and/or the department’s Outreach Specialist, Jeremiah Lien at (800) 242-7535 or jjlien@nd.gov.

 

Andrew A. Thostenson

Pesticide Program Specialist

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