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Any Word on Honeybee Insurance? Sunday, April 12th, 2009

It seems so long ago that the Obama Administration put forth their proposal for the 2009 Economic Stimulus Plan. The final copy is available to print and read, but nobody is talking about specifics. They generally point out how tax cuts are the primary focus of the revised bill 0r how the whole thing is “too little too late.”

However, it is nearly impossible to find any further information about the $150 million for honeybee insurance. We already know that the insurance only bailed out livestock farmers and maybe some beekeepers and that no money would go towards scientific research, but was it included in the final bill at all? No one has written about this since mid-February.

The Ongoing Stimulus Mystery Sunday, April 12th, 2009

A little investigative journalism goes a long way. It turns out that the Honeybee Insurance disaster program never even really existed. No wonder it was so hard to find anything about this in the bills or the press. Mysteriously, this harshly criticized element of the stimulus bill never appeared in the House version of the bill nor the Senate version nor the appropriate Senate Appropriations Committee Report of 2009 (It’s supposed to detail the disaster program on pg. 102. See for yourself).

Curiously, the 2008 Senate Appropriations Committee Report did mention the risks and dangers of the CCD problem and how it was spreading.