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WSBA Board meeting – Ellensburg

Rodeo City BBQ

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: Washington State Beekeepers Association Executive Board Meeting Agenda June 29, 2014 11am Committee … [Read more...]

Honeybee Diseases and Pests

Frame of Bees

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: There are four ways to … [Read more...]

It is Pesticide season – neonicotinoid list

Photo: Randy Oliver

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

Photo by Glenn Austin

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FDA Draft Guidance for Industry: Proper Labeling of Honey and Honey Products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The FDA has released draft guidance on the labeling of honey in the effort to clarify misbranding and adulteration.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: To ensure … [Read more...]

CATCH THE BUZZ – Ontario Offers Aid

CATCH THE BUZZ - Ontario Offers Financial Aid For Beekeepers Alan Harman This ezine is also available online at Ontario’s provincial government announces a one-off aid package for beekeepers in the Canadian province hit by harsh winter conditions this year and other pollinator health issues. Saying the province's bee … [Read more...]

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...]