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Michael Bush at Olympia Beekeepers Association!

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Save the date! Michael Bush, author of "The Practical Beekeeper" will be presenting a full day of instruction and information on October 25th sponsored by the Olympia Beekeepers Association. It is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to spend the day with a renowned beekeeper who will be sharing his knowledge with us. Register now!  Oly-Beekeepers-Workshop … [Read more...]

Syngenta asks EPA to raise tolerance level for thiamethoxam

Syngenta asks EPA to raise tolerance level for 'bee-killing' chemical Greenwire: Friday, September 5, 2014 Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter To comment on this proposed change, go here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2013-0758-0015 Seed and crop management company Syngenta Crop Protection LLC has petitioned U.S. EPA to increase the legal tolerance for a … [Read more...]

Pesticide Levels in Waterways Have Dropped – NYT

New York Times By MICHAEL WINES SEPT. 11, 2014 To see more of this article, please go here: http://nyti.ms/1rQ8mFl The development of safer pesticides and legal restrictions on their use have sharply reduced the risk to humans from pesticide-tainted rivers and streams, while the potential risk to aquatic life in urban waters has risen, according to a two-decade survey published on … [Read more...]

CATCH THE BUZZ – Canada Puts $$$ in Bee Research

CATCH THE BUZZ Harper Government Invests in Bee Health DESCHAMBAULT, QUEBEC. Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux announced today an investment of over $250,000 to the Centre de recherche en sciences animales de Deschambault (CRSAD) to help position Canada as a world leader in beekeeping research. This research is geared towards optimizing the profitability of honeybee colonies and … [Read more...]

Canadian beekeepers sue Bayer, Syngenta over neonicotinoid pesticides

Read more here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/canadian-beekeepers-sue-bayer-syngenta-over-neonicotinoid-pesticides-1.2754441 Canadian beekeepers are suing the makers of popular crop pesticides for more than $400 million in damages, alleging that their use is causing the deaths of bee colonies. The class action lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the Ontario Superior Court on behalf of all … [Read more...]

Have you used HiveTracks? Join the Washington State Beekeepers group!

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Hello fellow Beekeepers, I would like to introduce a fascinating and useful web based hive management tool called HiveTracks. It is one the better hive management software I have used. The website is comprehensive and very easy to use. Another great feature is it is free! One very useful item of the site is you can set up a group of members that can share their data with the other beekeepers … [Read more...]

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Seeks Standard For Honey

CATCH THE BUZZ This ezine is also available online at http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2014.08.20.10.20.archive.html The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments on how a federal standard of identity for honey would be in the interest of consumers, the honey industry, and U.S. agriculture. Here is a PDF describing the petition and comment … [Read more...]

Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees is offering five $2000 scholarships

FOUNDATION OFFERING FIVE GRADUATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, (http://www.abfnet.org/?page=7) is offering five $2000 scholarships to apiculture graduate students in 2015. This is the Foundation’s 10th year to award these scholarships. The Foundation is a charitable research and education foundation affiliated with the American Beekeeping Federation … [Read more...]

WSBA is going to the WAS Conference!

Join us at the 2014 Western Apicultural Society Conference and 2nd International Workshop on Hive and Bee Monitoring. WSBA is not holding a state conference this year. Instead we are going to the Western Apicultural Society Conference in Missoula, Montana September 17th to 20th.  Go here for the details: http://ucanr.edu/sites/was2/Conference_Information/ This is why we are excited about … [Read more...]

CATCH THE BUZZ – Report Bee Kills, Support Funding Evidence Kits

Bee kills reported to the Pollinator Stewardship Council last year came from thirteen states and totaled 14,976 colonies. During the spring of 2014 bee kills reported to us totalled 89,000 colonies in five states. These bee kills were obvious with piles of dead bees at the entrance, dead brood inside the hive, dead adult bees inside the hive, and often dead queens as well. Not all of the bees, … [Read more...]