RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Virginia agricultural officials intent on reversing the decline of managed honeybee populations are going on the road to gather public comment.
Starting Jan. 26 in Warrenton, seven meetings are scheduled statewide by the so-called State Managed Pollinator Protection Program.
The term "managed pollinator" includes any species of pollinators that are managed by humans for the purposes of producing honey, beeswax and other products.
The Virginia meetings are aimed at outlining federal guidelines and to help guide development of state rules.
Scientists have been scrambling to determine why commercial honeybee colonies have been collapsing, a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the meetings will continue through February in Roanoke, Blackstone, Charlottesville, Henrico County, Suffolk and on the Eastern Shore.