Washington State Beekeepers Are Farmers

This year the Washington State Legislature approved SB 6057. Thanks to all the hard work by all you beekeepers and supporters we are now recognized for our part in agriculture. Here are excerpts from the bill: Sec. 1102.  RCW 82.04.213 and 2014 c 140 s 2 are each amended to read as follows: (1) "Agricultural product" means any product of plant cultivation or animal husbandry including, but … [Read more...]

Honey Bees Naturally Vaccinate Their Young

Another study that proves humans are not as unique in their intelligence as we thought they were. An abundance of recent studies have shown how chimpanzees share people’s enjoyment of cooked food and alcohol, and now is the bees’ turn to prove that we’re not all that different. A new study conducted by an international team of researchers from Arizona State University, the Norwegian University … [Read more...]

“Bee a Pollinator” Launches in Thurston County

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On June 24th, the newly installed pollinator garden at Panorama in Lacey provided the backdrop for the launch of the Olympia Beekeepers Association “Bee a Pollinator” campaign. The culmination of three years of work with county leaders and officials, the campaign is asking the public to take action to help bees and other pollinators. “Bee a Pollinator” is targeted to addressing two of the biggest … [Read more...]

Amina Harris: You’re Tasting Honey All Wrong

With her honey flavor wheel and honey library, this expert wants to change Americans' relationship to a controversial sweetener. By Amber Turpin published on http://civileats.com/ on June 17, 2015 - See more at: http://civileats.com/2015/06/17/amina-harris-youre-tasting-honey-all-wrong/#sthash.07n6gcz7.dpuf Amina Harris has a sweet job. Literally. As Director of the Honey and Pollination … [Read more...]

EPA Takes Strong Steps to Better Protect Bees from Pesticides

The EPA is accepting comments on their proposal to protect bees from pesticides. Here are some of the highlights: EPA is proposing restrictions to protect bees used for pollination services from harmful pesticide exposure. Large numbers of bees may be exposed to pesticide spray when growers contract with beekeepers to provide pollination services. EPA believes that strong regulatory measures … [Read more...]

Plant a Pollinator Garden – Need Seeds?

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Last year, President Obama directed all federal agencies to assist in pollinator conservation to protect our nation’s food security and to help keep pollinators healthy. The President’s National Pollinator Initiative is a commitment to sustaining the future of pollinators through research, policy, education, and action. As pollinators thrive and multiply, our nation will benefit. Your help is … [Read more...]

National Colony Loss Management Survey

Dear Beekeeper, Beekeepers needed!  Please participate in the National Colony Loss Management Survey organized by the Bee Informed Partnership and sponsored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).     Please go to our online survey at http://10.selectsurvey.net/beeinformed/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=BIP2015 and complete the survey there.  It will be live on … [Read more...]

Legislative Update

SB 5017 which would have beekeepers be considered farmers by the state: This bill originated in the Senate, passed the Agriculture committee, and is waiting for action in the Ways & Means committee. Because it contains a tax change provision, it is necessary to implement the state budget, and was not subject to the mid-session cut off which passed last Wednesday. Now that the busy time before … [Read more...]

HB 1654 Public Hearing Scheduled

Keep the Bee in Business and Washington in Bloom Here's update on HB 1654 for Controlling noxious weeds while still supporting pollen-rich forage plant communities for honey bees - and how you can help get this bill passed through the Senate. Status:  This bill passed the House of Representatives on March 6th and is now scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources … [Read more...]

Bees victory in pesticide battle

Bayer libel action dismissed - The Ecologist Chemical giant Bayer has failed in its attempt to sue Friends of the Earth Germany over its claims that its pesticide Thiacloprid harms bees. Now pressure is growing on the EU to add the neonicotinoid to the three already banned. Read more here: … [Read more...]