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President’s Message – May 2014

Mark Emrich, President WSBA

Dear Fellow Members, A great deal has been happening in beekeeping in the past few months. It has been brought to my attention that I am short-changing the membership and that you should know more about what is going on behind the scenes in the week by week operations at the state level I guess that I assumed you all must know that we are working hard on supporting beekeeping both in … [Read more...]

Colder winters add to colony collapse – Harvard Gazette

Colder winters add to colony collapse - Harvard Gazette May 9, 2014: By Karen Feldscher, Harvard School of Public Health Communications Study strengthens link between neonicotinoids, harsher winters, and collapse of honeybee colonies. Two widely used neonicotinoids — a class of insecticide — appear to significantly harm honeybee colonies over the winter, particularly colder winters, … [Read more...]

WSDA – Survey finds Puget Sound homeowners need better education on pesticide use

A Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) survey of Puget Sound residents found more than half used a pesticide in the previous year, but many did not follow instructions on the labels or used a product that was not intended for the pest they were treating. Nearly 3,000 people responded to a March 2013 survey of residents in 11 counties covering the Puget Sound region. The survey was … [Read more...]

House Committee on Agriculture hearing in D.C. on pollinators and pesticides – see the video!

The House Committee on Agriculture recently held an update to review current research and application of management strategies to control pests and diseases of pollinators. Here is a link to the Committee page that shows which experts participated: http://agriculture.house.gov/hearing/review-current-research-and-application-management-strategies-control-pests-and-diseases The meeting was … [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 aim … [Read more...]

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 received … [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...]