Catch the Buzz – Mann Lake buys TONS of sugar from US Gov.

CATCH THE BUZZ A Nickel A Pound Five cents a pound. The U.S. Government, sitting on a whole mountain range of surplus sugar, sold it all – almost 80 tons, 160 million pounds – Friday to two companies. Mann Lake Ltd, of Woodland, California, which also sell supplies and honey bee feed to beekeepers, bought 56 percent of the 79,750 tons that were offered by USDA for their sweetener … [Read more...]

CATCH THE BUZZ – Sulfoxaflor Registration Challenged

Beekeeping Industry Challenge to EPA: Reevaluate Toxic Bee-Killing Pesticide Beekeeping business struggling to stay afloat amid costly threat from pesticide San Francisco, C.A. — National beekeeping organizations along with the National Honey Bee Advisory Board and the Pollinator Stewardship Council have filed an opening brief in an appeal challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection … [Read more...]

The Science Behind Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life – Smithsonian

The Science Behind Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life (from The Smithsonian) Modern archeologists, excavating ancient Egyptian tombs, have often found something unexpected amongst the tombs’ artifacts: pots of honey, thousands of years old, and yet still preserved. Through millennia, the archeologists discover, the food remains unspoiled, an unmistakable testament to the eternal shelf-life of … [Read more...]

CATCH THE BUZZ – Coalition Uses Full Page Ads

Broad Coalition focuses Awareness on Pollinator Declines Beyond Pesticides, Center for Food Safety and Pesticide Action Network, supported by Ceres Trust and joined by more than 60 other organizations, launched a national media campaign to bring attention to the severity of pollinator declines due in part to the use of bee-harming pesticides. The campaign launch was timed to coincide with the … [Read more...]

Neonicotinoid Pesticides and Honey Bees – WSU

The latest facts on Neonicotinoid Pesticides and Honey Bees by WSU's Timothy Lawrence, Director, WSU Island County Extension; and Walter S. Sheppard, Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology, WSU is published. You can find it here: PDF of Neonicotinoid Pesticides  and Honey Bees - WSU Washington State University Extension Fact Sheet FS122E … [Read more...]

Bees Need Enough Good Food, All Of The Time

CATCH THE BUZZ It’s Simple, Bees Need Enough Good Food, All Of The Time By Christine Souza, assistant editor of Ag Alert, California Farm Bureau Federation At a first-of-its-kind meeting in Sacramento, beekeepers, farmers and representatives of public and private organizations gathered to discuss how to improve honeybee populations by allowing beekeepers access to more sources of bee … [Read more...]

Canada Border To Remain Closed…Probably

From CATCH THE BUZZ Canada Border To Remain Closed…Probably. More of this article is available online at http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2013.11.04.11.22.archive.html Alan Harman The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is refusing to release its risk assessment on bees from the United States, but media reports say the agency has concluded the border should remain closed because of … [Read more...]

ABF and Monsanto –

Message from George Hansen, ABF President October 25, 2013 Last week I was called by Monsanto representative Jerry Hayes and was asked to participate in a honey bee health symposium as a representative of the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF). I had already participated in two previous meetings of this type – the first was sponsored by Project Apis m. in California, and the second was … [Read more...]

Are you Listed on the Almond Board of California Pollination Directory?

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This ezine is also available online at http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2013.10.22.10.42.archive.html CATCH THE BUZZ Are you Listed on the Almond Board of California Pollination Directory? The Almond Board of California has re-structured our Pollination Directory located on the Board’s website. The Pollination Directory contains information for California almond growers to use as a … [Read more...]

Puget Sound ZomBee Watch

University of Washington, Department of Biology The UW Department of Biology is supplementing the nation-wide ZomBee Watch program (https://www.zombeewatch.org) with our own local, intensified sampling effort. We hope to learn more about this interesting, newly recognized honey bee parasite. Please help by sending us suspicious samples.       Contact us directly for a … [Read more...]