WA4Bees – Washington beekeepers lobby for lower taxes, more forage

Washington beekeepers lobby for lower taxes, more forage Don Jenkins - Capital Press March 6, 2015 OLYMPIA, WA — Full-time beekeepers and hobbyist apiarists were on the Capitol Campus Thursday to draw attention to the plight of the honeybee. The good news, according to Central Washington beekeeper Tim Hiatt, is that only alarmists think honeybees will go extinct and humankind will follow. The … [Read more...]

CATCH THE BUZZ – Pollinator Protection Needed

Over 4 Million People Press Obama to Protect Bees Congress heeds call to action and introduces legislation as pressure mounts on White House Task Force to issue meaningful recommendations Press Release from Pesticide Action Network March 4, 2015 (Washington, DC) A coalition of beekeepers, farmers, business leaders, environmental and food safety advocates rallied in front of the White House … [Read more...]

Learn about​ Practical Beekeeping in Spokane

Learn about​ Practical Beekeeping in Spokane Michael Bush will present April 25, 2015 6:30pm-9:30pm at Bluwoods in Mead Washington. The event is sponsored by Spokane Honey. … [Read more...]

WSBA Board meeting – Ellensburg: Bee sure to attend!

Bee sure to attend! The next Washington State Beekeeper’s Board meeting is March 28, 2015 at 10 AM, located at the scrumptiously delicious Rodeo City BBQ 204 N. Main St. Ellensburg, WA. Meeting is open to all. Past meeting minutes, for your reading pleasure, are here: 2014OCT26 WSBA Bd minutes Details here: http://wasba.org/event/wsba-board-meeting-ellensburg-3/ Executive Board Meeting … [Read more...]

Passed! House Bill 1654 – Controlling noxious weeds while still having forage for honey bees

This bill has passed; yeas, 67; nays, 31. Thank you everyone for your support, it is amazing what volunteers can do for your beekeeping community. Yes, you made a positive difference this week. http://tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2015030056#start=2950&stop=3041 The House Full Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources will hold an executive session February 12, … [Read more...]

Oxalic Acid Registration Comments Wanted By EPA

CATCH THE BUZZ Oxalic Acid Registration Comments Wanted By EPA Alan Harman    There’s great news for beekeepers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking approval for the in-hive use of oxalic acid dihydrate to control Varroa mites. COMMENT HERE: https://federalregister.gov/a/2015-02209    Comments must be received by the EPA on or before March 6. The details: 5. File Symbol: 91266-R. … [Read more...]

Federal Standard of Identity for Honey Update

CATCH THE BUZZ, AN EDITORIAL Proposed Single Federal Agency To Oversee All Food Safety. FDA and FSIS to Merge.  Honey Definition and Oversight to be Included. Back in January we reported in the BUZZ that the ERS has sent a Report to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration as Required by the 2014 Farm Bill on “How an Appropriate Federal Standard of Identity for Honey Would be in the … [Read more...]

HopGuard (hop beta acids) Section 18 use approved

Good news everyone, HopGuard (hop beta acids) and has been approved for use to control Varroa mites in Washington State for 2015. February 2015 update: BetaTec (the manufacturer of HopGuard) has provided a pictogram on how to best apply the strip in the hive. The new strip is corrugated and has a mylar backing to help with many of the application issues identified in the field. See the links … [Read more...]

Paramount Farming Enters Beekeeping Industry

CATCH THE BUZZ Paramount Farming Enters Beekeeping Industry with Acquisition of Headwaters Farm  A leading farming operation in the almond industry to contribute to the health and longevity of bees for pollination  BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – February 2, 2015 – Paramount Farming, a leading grower of almonds and pistachios, today announced that it has acquired Headwaters Farm, one of the larger … [Read more...]

Washington beekeeping faces hurdles

Beekeepers look for agricultural designation Business Examiner Media Group, February 2, 2015, Zachariah Bryan, Reporter When Harvard Robbins, 82, first started beekeeping in Lakewood 40 years ago, he had the land all to himself. “There wasn’t this school here. There weren’t all these houses around here. … This is where I gathered a lot of honey,” Robbins said. The beekeeping economy has … [Read more...]