An effort is underway at the state house to provide more protection for "pollinators," especially bees.
The "Pollinator Protection Plan" was introduced this week.
It would establish an advisory group, consisting of beekeepers, farmers and pesticide users. The goal is to reduce the risk to the insects from pesticides and also increase the bee habitat.
U.S. beekeepers ten years ago began reporting widespread losses of the honey bee. More than 90 percent of crops in the U.S. are dependent on insect pollinators, notably honey bees.