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State Representatives Encourage Beekeeping

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SELAH, Wash.--A bill that extends a tax incentive for beekeepers passed the State House without any hesitation over the weekend.

The bill excludes a tax on sugar, which is used to feed the bees.

James Bach, the Secretary of the State Beekeepers Association said the tax break will encourage beekeepers to maintain their hives at a time when beekeeping is a costly business.

"They just no longer can afford to put the money into it," said Bach. "They've got to raise their families, they've got to keep the family going and you can't dump a lot of money into bees and lose it and still come back year after year. It just doesn't happen."

Bach said beekeeping is critical to our state because if you don't have honeybees then you don't have insects to pollinate crops.