A cousin of mine owns a small farm north of Nampa, where he raises beef cattle and grows his own hay. I was fortunate to be able to help feed his cows when I was young and learn about where our food comes from. However, without the hard work of the bees who pollinate alfalfa my cousin's farm, and the over $600 million alfalfa industry in Idaho would be in jeopardy.
Unfortunately bees are dying off at alarming rates. Although there are many causes for this die off, one of the most pressing is the use of neonicotinoid pesticides which studies have shown disrupt bees' ability to defend themselves against mites and disease. Because of this, I urge the governor to put a moratorium on neonics. This would be a victory for both the bees and for Idaho.