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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...]

Beekeeper sentenced for stealing beehives in Whatcom County

Beekeeper who makes popular honey sentenced for stealing beehives in Whatcom County BY CALEB HUTTON THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 3, 2014 EVERSON - Twenty-eight honeybee hives were stolen in rural Whatcom County by the owner of Guilmette's Busy Bees, a local business that makes a popular wildflower honey. Joseph Eugene "Skip" Guilmette, 31, won't serve time in jail for the felony … [Read more...]

What Happens In Almonds Doesn’t Stay In Almonds. This Year’s Devastating Bee Kill In California Hurts Us All

To read more of this article go here: http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2014.04.03.11.49.archive.html CATCH THE BUZZ What Happens In Almonds Doesn’t Stay In Almonds. This Year’s Devastating Bee Kill In California Hurts Apples, Cranberries, Blueberries…and Beekeepers. News Release From The Pollinator Stewardship Council. The last two weeks the Pollinator Stewardship Council has … [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 … [Read more...]

Nonprofit Education Program available

Want to learn more about how to govern your local association as a non-profit? The State of Washington office of Secretary of State offers several opportunities to learn. Here is a link to their training page: https://www.sos.wa.gov/charities/TrainingSignup.aspx … [Read more...]

Senate Bill 6402 – Beekeepers as Farmers

Senate bill 6402 has passed the Senate and is pending before the House Finance committee. This bill will permanently recognize beekeepers as farmers for the purposes of taxation. This bill would exempt beekeepers from paying B&O tax on sales of queen bees, packaged bees, honey, pollen, bees wax, propolis, or other substances obtained from honey bees, and on pollination services. There are two … [Read more...]

USDA to provide up to $3 Million in Bee Forage Funding

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Agriculture Secretary announces $3 million for a new program to improve pollinator health Contact: USDA Office of Communications (202) 720-4623 WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide close to $3 million in technical and financial assistance for interested farmers and ranchers to help improve the … [Read more...]

WSBA Board Meeting minutes – February 22, 2014

For those who missed the excellent board meeting complete with delicious food from Rodeo BBQ here are the meeting minutes for both Master Beekeepers and the general meeting.         Washington State Beekeepers Association Executive Board Meeting Minutes February 22, 2014  Meeting called to order at12:20pm by Mark Emrich  Call to order, and opening … [Read more...]

Bee books available – Jim Bach library

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Bee Books Available Anyone looking for a good source of beekeeping books, you're in luck. Jim Bach's "Working Beekeeper's Library" of more than 100 books is for sale as I believe his main interest would be to get them out where they will do some good as quickly as possible. Most are like new. Some have his name in them, otherwise like new. Others are 'collectibles' and classics. The books … [Read more...]

WSBA Board meeting – Ellensburg

Bee sure to attend! The next Washington State Beekeeper’s Board meeting is February 22, 2014 at 10:30AM, located at the scrumptiously delicious Rodeo City BBQ 204 N. Main St. Ellensburg, WA. Meeting is open to all. Details here: http://wasba.org/event/wsba-board-meeting-ellensburg/ Washington State Beekeepers Association Executive Board Meeting Agenda February 22, … [Read more...]