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USDA Provides Greater Protection for HONEY and Other Specialty Crop Growers

Free Basic Coverage Plans and Premium Discounts Available for New, Underserved and Limited Income Farmers Greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty … [Read more...]

Oregon’s task force on pollinator health – Final Report

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More good news: The Oregon State Task Force on Pollinator Health report is official! It has been sent to the Oregon State legislature for action. Here it is for your reading pleasure: Oregon State Pollinator Health report Four major recommendations are in the report Oregon should develop a strong, effective outreach and education strategy on pollinator health, including best management … [Read more...]

Register Your Hives

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Please register your hives with the Washington State Department of Agriculture to take advantage of state tax exemptions. Link to the registration form: Apiary Registration form     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...]

Washington State Honey Bee Work Group – Final Report

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Good news: The Washington State Honey Bee Work Group report is official! It has been sent to the State legislature for action. Here it is for your reading pleasure: FINAL Honey Bee Wk Group Report … [Read more...]

Thank you Canada – Pollinator Health Proposal

CATCH THE BUZZ Canada’s Pollinator Health Meeting Lacks Buzz Alan Harman There was two-way traffic at a Canadian agricultural stakeholder meeting called to discuss the Ontario government's pollinator health proposal.    After everybody walked into the meeting, called by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of the Environment, it was barely underway when … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays from WSBA!

Your all volunteer Washington State Beekeeping Association wishes you and your family the very best and a happy new year. Our Master Beekeeper program is regarded as one of the best and it is all because of you. Your dedication to keeping up on the latest, and concentrating on what is important for beekeepers really shows and we thank you. You will notice that we are using a new email … [Read more...]

AFB Discovery Good News for the future

CATCH THE BUZZ Discovery aims to fight destructive bee disease University of Guelph researchers hope their new discovery will help combat a disease killing honeybee populations around the world. The researchers have found a toxin released by the pathogen that causes American foulbrood disease -- Paenibacillus larvae (P. larvae) -- and developed a lead-based inhibitor against it. The study … [Read more...]

Beekeepers Partner with Corporations to Create Pollinator Habitat

This ezine is also available online at http://live.ezezine.com/ezine/archives/1636/1636-2014.12.10.11.40.archive.html CATCH THE BUZZ Beekeepers Partner with Corporations to Create Pollinator Habitat The Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) has awarded a grant “Beekeepers Collaborating to Create Pollinator Habitats” to beekeeping groups. The project is a partnership of Medina County … [Read more...]

Ontario To Reduce Seed Treatment Pesticides

This ezine is also available online at http://live.ezezine.com/ezine/archives/1636/1636-2014.11.26.11.15.archive.html CATCH THE BUZZ Ontario To Reduce Seed Treatment Pesticides Alan Harman    The Ontario government commits to an 80% reduction in the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid treated corn and soybean seed by 2017, a move welcomed by the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association … [Read more...]

City of Olympia Bans Neonicotinoid Pesticides on City Land

The City of Olympia passed a resolution regarding the use of Neonicotinoid pesticides. Read the resolution here: Ltr and Resolution re neonics_Nov 3 … [Read more...]