BEFORE THE Department of AGRICULTURE
OF THE STATE OF MONTANA
TO: All Concerned Persons
1. On September 23, 2010 the Department of Agriculture published MAR Notice No. 4-14-197 pertaining to the public hearing on the proposed adoption and amendment of the above-stated rules at page 2018 of the 2010 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 18.
2. The department has adopted New Rule I (4.12.112) and New Rule II (4.12.113) as proposed. The department has amended the above-stated rules as proposed.
3. The department received the following comments:
Comment 1: One beekeeping association responded with unanimous support for the proposed rules as written.
Response 1: No response is necessary.
Comment 2: One beekeeper responded with a list of criticisms of the law including the three-mile limit, the pollination permit systems, the budget of the program, and why Montana has an apiary program at all.
Response 2: All of the criticism involved the laws related to the apiary program, not the rules. Regardless of the merit or lack of merit of the comments, nothing in the rule does or could change the laws in question. It was recommended by the department that the beekeeper talk to his legislator about the laws in question.
/s/ Cort Jensen /s/ Ron de Yong
Cort Jensen Ron de Yong
Rule Reviewer Director
Department of Agriculture
Certified to the Secretary of State November 1, 2010.