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Bee Deaths May Stem From Virus, Study Says – NY Times

By MICHAEL WINES JAN. 21, 2014 The New York Times The mysterious mass die-offs of honeybees that have wiped out roughly a third of commercial colonies each year since 2006 may be linked to a rapidly mutating virus that jumped from tobacco plants to soy plants to bees, according to a new study. To read the complete article, please go … [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 … [Read more...]

Revised Miticide Regulations

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Revised miticide  regulations have been released.  Here is the latest approved miticides from Washington State Department of Agriculture: Approved Miticide list (PDF) … [Read more...]

President’s message January 2014

The end of the year is finally upon us. As years go this was a wild one for records. The weather was some of the most unsettled that we have seen in many years. One of the earliest springs, driest late summer, wettest early fall, and one of the driest Decembers to date. Another record goes to the Education Committee as by the middle of this year, over 3,000 beekeepers have received certificates … [Read more...]

Beekeeper of the Year 2013

Beekeeper of the Year 2013 This year we had a good number of very good candidates put up by their local association. It is always a challenge to pick one beekeeper that has made the greatest impact in beekeeping each year. Many times it is a long time commitment to beekeeping, and volunteering of their time. Beekeeping in most cases is a singular craft. Many of us enjoy laboring with our … [Read more...]

Master Beekeeper Committee Update

It is with great sadness, and reluctance that I accept the resignation of Louis Matej as co-chair of the Master Beekeeper Committee affective December 1 2013. We have had several conversations about his retirement as committee chair in the past few months, and he has hung in at my request to help get my feet under me. His help with getting me up to speed has been invaluable, but his feeling that … [Read more...]

Catch the Buzz – Mann Lake buys TONS of sugar from US Gov.

CATCH THE BUZZ A Nickel A Pound Five cents a pound. The U.S. Government, sitting on a whole mountain range of surplus sugar, sold it all – almost 80 tons, 160 million pounds – Friday to two companies. Mann Lake Ltd, of Woodland, California, which also sell supplies and honey bee feed to beekeepers, bought 56 percent of the 79,750 tons that were offered by USDA for their sweetener business in … [Read more...]

CATCH THE BUZZ – Sulfoxaflor Registration Challenged

Beekeeping Industry Challenge to EPA: Reevaluate Toxic Bee-Killing Pesticide Beekeeping business struggling to stay afloat amid costly threat from pesticide San Francisco, C.A. — National beekeeping organizations along with the National Honey Bee Advisory Board and the Pollinator Stewardship Council have filed an opening brief in an appeal challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency … [Read more...]

The Science Behind Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life – Smithsonian

The Science Behind Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life (from The Smithsonian) Modern archeologists, excavating ancient Egyptian tombs, have often found something unexpected amongst the tombs’ artifacts: pots of honey, thousands of years old, and yet still preserved. Through millennia, the archeologists discover, the food remains unspoiled, an unmistakable testament to the eternal shelf-life of … [Read more...]

CATCH THE BUZZ – Coalition Uses Full Page Ads

Broad Coalition focuses Awareness on Pollinator Declines Beyond Pesticides, Center for Food Safety and Pesticide Action Network, supported by Ceres Trust and joined by more than 60 other organizations, launched a national media campaign to bring attention to the severity of pollinator declines due in part to the use of bee-harming pesticides. The campaign launch was timed to coincide with the … [Read more...]