It is Pesticide season – neonicotinoid list

Photo: Randy Oliver

Here are some common brand names of pesticides containing neonicotinoids. These pesticides are implicated in honey bee deaths. Clothianidin: Aloft, Green Light, Poncho Thiamethoxam: Actara, Cruiser, Flagship, Platinum Imidacloprid: 12 Month Tree & Shrub Protect & Feed, Complete Brand Insect Killer For Soil & Turf, Admire, Advantage (flea & tick for dogs), Criterion, … [Read more...]

Bee hives in Northern Tanzania – By Glenn Austin

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I was traveling across northern Tanzania between the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro, learning about farming and herding in the area.  This is an incredibly productive region blessed with good soil, climate and very skilled multigenerational farmers and herders.  However, their livelihood is threatened by increasing drought and changes in land use. We are exploring adding rain water collection to aid … [Read more...]

FDA Draft Guidance for Industry: Proper Labeling of Honey and Honey Products

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The FDA has released draft guidance on the labeling of honey in the effort to clarify misbranding and adulteration. It is important to let the FDA know what you think. Please share this so others have the opportunity to submit comments. The full text can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/guidancedocumentsregulatoryinformation/labelingnutrition/ucm389501.htm To ensure … [Read more...]

CATCH THE BUZZ – Ontario Offers Aid

CATCH THE BUZZ - Ontario Offers Financial Aid For Beekeepers Alan Harman This ezine is also available online at http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2014.05.21.06.21.archive.html Ontario’s provincial government announces a one-off aid package for beekeepers in the Canadian province hit by harsh winter conditions this year and other pollinator health issues. Saying the province's bee … [Read more...]

President’s Message – May 2014

Mark Emrich, President WSBA

Dear Fellow Members, A great deal has been happening in beekeeping in the past few months. It has been brought to my attention that I am short-changing the membership and that you should know more about what is going on behind the scenes in the week by week operations at the state level I guess that I assumed you all must know that we are working hard on supporting beekeeping both in … [Read more...]

Colder winters add to colony collapse – Harvard Gazette

Colder winters add to colony collapse - Harvard Gazette May 9, 2014: By Karen Feldscher, Harvard School of Public Health Communications Study strengthens link between neonicotinoids, harsher winters, and collapse of honeybee colonies. Two widely used neonicotinoids — a class of insecticide — appear to significantly harm honeybee colonies over the winter, particularly colder winters, … [Read more...]

WSDA – Survey finds Puget Sound homeowners need better education on pesticide use

A Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) survey of Puget Sound residents found more than half used a pesticide in the previous year, but many did not follow instructions on the labels or used a product that was not intended for the pest they were treating. Nearly 3,000 people responded to a March 2013 survey of residents in 11 counties covering the Puget Sound region. The survey was … [Read more...]

House Committee on Agriculture hearing in D.C. on pollinators and pesticides – see the video!

The House Committee on Agriculture recently held an update to review current research and application of management strategies to control pests and diseases of pollinators. Here is a link to the Committee page that shows which experts participated: http://agriculture.house.gov/hearing/review-current-research-and-application-management-strategies-control-pests-and-diseases The meeting was … [Read more...]

Take The Survey…NOW!

In past years Washington State Beekeeping Association conducted its own winter loss survey along with Oregon State Beekeepers. To better gather the data needed to  actually help, we now support the Bee Informed Partnership. Please participate in this years survey of all beekeepers. The Bee Informed Partnership, a joint project among numerous universities and laboratories, is a project whose aim … [Read more...]

Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award

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Want to win $5000 for a bee project in your community? "Helping Honey Bees Thrive" is the title of the 2014 Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award, which annually recognizes an individual who has harnessed the power of the honey bee colony to benefit their community. Recipients are selected for developing new approaches to improving the community by leveraging the intrinsic workings of a … [Read more...]