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Olympia Beekeepers Association installs Honey bee colonies at the Governor’s Mansion

State agencies work to feed, support Washington’s bees. About 30,000 bees arriving on the lawn of the Governor’s Mansion claimed all the apiary attention April 20th. But behind the scenes, several other state agencies are working to improve forage for bees, including encouraging native plants to grow along freeways and distributing seed packets to help people grow bee-friendly plants. Last … [Read more...]

Bayer Bee Care Announces Young Beekeeper Award – extended deadline

Deadline Extended: May 31, 2018 The 2018 Bayer Bee Care Young Beekeeper Award provides entrants between the ages of 12 and 18 the opportunity to win a $3,000 (1st place), $2,000 (2nd place) or $1,000 (3rd place) prize to support honey bee-focused initiatives in their schools or communities or to be applied toward college tuition. Any student under 18 who has approval from a legal guardian as well … [Read more...]

Register Your Hives (2018)

Please register your hives with the Washington State Department of Agriculture by April 1st to take advantage of state tax exemptions. Link to the WSDA site: WSDA Apiary site     This is an excerpt from the Honey Bee Work Group report dated December 12, 2014 convened by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). CHALLENGES When beekeepers or bee brokers … [Read more...]

West Plains Beekeeper Classes for 2018

Interested students can register at our website - wpbeekeepers.org. Journeyman class: February 14, 21, 28 and March 14, 21, 28, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Six Wednesdays) Eighteen hours of instruction, WASBA Apprentice Certification required before class For more information:  call 801-923-3797; or email westplainsbeekeepers@gmail.com Class Fee is $50 Location of class:  Pizza … [Read more...]

Annual Membership Meeting November 11, 2017

The annual membership meeting will be held on November 11, 2017 at 4pm. The meeting will be held as a teleconference/webinar. Washington State Beekeepers’ Association Annual Meeting: November 11, 2017 Connection details for telephone and computer participation has been sent to all paid-up members. AGENDA: 4pm: Call to Order Quorum Certification Approval of Minutes from … [Read more...]

Bees Are Slowly Going Extinct. These Prisoners Are Trying To Stop That.

Through the West Plains Beekeepers Association, the Washington State Airway Heights Corrections Center established a local beekeeping club. Jim Miller of West Plains helped teach a select group of inmates on basic beekeeping skills. The correctional facility has been working with Jim to develop a fully sustainable program within the facility. Read more at the Huffington Post … [Read more...]

4-H Essay Contest for 2017: Managed Pollinator Protection Plans

The 4-H Essay Contest for 2017 is sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc.  The 2017 4-H essay contest topic is: How Can MP3 (Managed Pollinator Protection Plan) More Effectively Protect Honey Bees from Pesticide Exposure?” Beekeeping has had its five minutes of fame for the past five years. Now more than ever, people are asking “What will happen if the bees are … [Read more...]

Common Crop Chemical Leaves Bees Susceptible to Deadly Viruses

The commonly used organosilicone adjuvant, Sylgard 309 that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops -- such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits -- to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read more at the ABJ Extra here: … [Read more...]

EPA Releases Neonicotinoid Risk Assessments for Public Comment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published preliminary pollinator-only risk assessments for the neonicotinoid insecticides clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran and also an update to its preliminary risk assessment for imidacloprid. These are pesticide compounds previously proven to kill Honey bees. The assessments for clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran, similar to the … [Read more...]

Get Your Noxious Weeds Converted to Bee Forage

Earlier this year, House Bill 2478 was signed into law by the Governor. This bill directs the state Noxious Weed Control Board to conduct a pilot project to convert existing patches of blooming noxious weeds---that bees like---to plants which would still be good forage for bees. These patches of land will be located in many areas of the state and will be overseen by county noxious weed control … [Read more...]

Beekeeper of the Year 2016 – Tim Hiatt

Congratulations to Tim Hiatt for becoming our latest Beekeeper of the Year! We received 3 outstanding nominations for our Beekeeper of the Year Award and Tim received the most votes. Tim was nominated by Fran Bach, who offered the following in support of his nomination: Background: Tim took on state government as chair of the Legislative Committee in 2014, which grew out of the Honey Bee … [Read more...]