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Mass bee die-offs reported in Portland Oregon area

Tracy Loew, Statesman Journal The Oregon Department of Agriculture is investigating at least three Portland-area mass bee die-offs that appear to be linked to pesticides. Beekeepers in several locations have reported entire colonies dying suddenly. Estacada beekeeper Jon Beaty checked his hives Wednesday night. "I noticed that there were hundreds of bees lying on the ground in front of … [Read more...]

Good Foods Award now includes Honey!

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The Good Food Awards proudly announces the addition of a Honey category to its fifth annual awards program. Entry period begins July 7! Committed to the stewardship of sustainably produced products, the Good Food Awards empowers craft food producers by providing concrete business opportunities and national visibility. The Awards bring the products and stories of the country’s best food … [Read more...]

Pollinator Protection Week – 2014

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Help us celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 16 to June 22, 2014. Seven years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by … [Read more...]

CATCH THE BUZZ – Highway Bee Act = Food For Bees

Roadside Plantings for Bees and other Pollinators From The Pollinator Partnership Highways BEE Act: H.R. 4790 was introduced by Reps Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and Jeff Denham (R-CA) on May 30 and is strongly supported by the Pollinator Partnership (P2). Hastings and Denham are co-chairs of the Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus (CP2C). Click Here for Additional Background. More … [Read more...]

WSBA Board meeting – Ellensburg

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Bee sure to attend! The next Washington State Beekeeper’s Board meeting is June 29, 2014 at 11 AM, 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-2/ Washington State Beekeepers Association Executive Board Meeting Agenda June 29, 2014 11am Committee … [Read more...]

Honeybee Diseases and Pests

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This table describes all of the main honeybee diseases and pests. Some, like the Bee Louse and Small Hive Beetle, are not yet a problem in the Inland Northwest. Clicking on “photos” will open up a new window with excellent photos from Zachary Huang of Michigan State University. … [Read more...]

Become a WSBA Member!

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You don’t have to be a beekeeper to love the cute little pollinators, or to appreciate all they do. Membership in WSBA is important and now is the time (please join or renew) to support everything we do to promote the health of honey bees and education on the importance of insect pollinators.   Here is what we do: http://wasba.org/about-wsba/wsba-mission/ There are four ways to … [Read more...]

It is Pesticide season – neonicotinoid list

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Here are some common brand names of pesticides containing neonicotinoids. These pesticides are implicated in honey bee deaths. Clothianidin: Aloft, Green Light, Poncho Thiamethoxam: Actara, Cruiser, Flagship, Platinum Imidacloprid: 12 Month Tree & Shrub Protect & Feed, Complete Brand Insect Killer For Soil & Turf, Admire, Advantage (flea & tick for dogs), Criterion, … [Read more...]

Bee hives in Northern Tanzania – By Glenn Austin

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I was traveling across northern Tanzania between the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro, learning about farming and herding in the area.  This is an incredibly productive region blessed with good soil, climate and very skilled multigenerational farmers and herders.  However, their livelihood is threatened by increasing drought and changes in land use. We are exploring adding rain water collection to aid … [Read more...]

FDA Draft Guidance for Industry: Proper Labeling of Honey and Honey Products

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The FDA has released draft guidance on the labeling of honey in the effort to clarify misbranding and adulteration. It is important to let the FDA know what you think. Please share this so others have the opportunity to submit comments. The full text can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/guidancedocumentsregulatoryinformation/labelingnutrition/ucm389501.htm To ensure … [Read more...]