- Associated Press - Sunday, January 31, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The state of Vermont has a new state beekeeper.

Officials say David Tremblay who works in the pesticide enforcement program of the Agency of Agriculture will take on the role.

Members of the Vermont Beekeepers Association had been concerned because the previous state beekeeper, Steve Parise, retired.

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Diane Bothfeld says that in addition to monitoring diseased bee hives, beekeepers want the agency to concentrate on the sale of start-up hives.

Bothfeld tells Vermont Public Radio (bit.ly/1WRRCi4) the agency is using a fee collected from beekeepers to hire a seasonal inspector during the summer months.

There are 810 registered beekeepers in the state. Most are hobbyists, but there are a number of commercial apiaries in the state.

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