Register Your Hives (2017)

Please register your hives with the Washington State Department of Agriculture by April 1st 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 … [Read more...]

Common Crop Chemical Leaves Bees Susceptible to Deadly Viruses

The commonly used organosilicone adjuvant, Sylgard 309 that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops -- such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits -- to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read more at the ABJ Extra here: … [Read more...]

EPA Releases Neonicotinoid Risk Assessments for Public Comment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published preliminary pollinator-only risk assessments for the neonicotinoid insecticides clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran and also an update to its preliminary risk assessment for imidacloprid. These are pesticide compounds previously proven to kill Honey bees. The assessments for clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran, similar to the … [Read more...]

Get Your Noxious Weeds Converted to Bee Forage

Earlier this year, House Bill 2478 was signed into law by the Governor. This bill directs the state Noxious Weed Control Board to conduct a pilot project to convert existing patches of blooming noxious weeds---that bees like---to plants which would still be good forage for bees. These patches of land will be located in many areas of the state and will be overseen by county noxious weed control … [Read more...]

Annual Membership Meeting November 19, 2016

The annual membership meeting will be held on November 19, 2016 at 10am. The meeting will be held as a teleconference/webinar. Washington State Beekeepers’ Association Annual Meeting: November 19, 2016 Connection details for telephone and computer participation will be published two weeks before the meeting. AGENDA: Approval of Minutes from September, 2016 WASBA Board … [Read more...]

Calling all Beekeepers – Glory Bee Foods is looking for Honey!

Hi everyone, If you have Honey to sell, Glory Bee Foods would like you to call! Here is their contact information: Nancy Burnett Natural Products & Imports Sr. Buyer | Purchasing Phone: 541-689-0913 ext 132 | Direct: 541-868-2296 Fax: 541-607-2142 Nancy.Burnett@GloryBee.com … [Read more...]

Washington State Fair – Honey Entries deadline is August

OK, as a beekeeper it is always good to be prepared and to think ahead. This goes for your honey exhibits at your local county fair. Think about also entering your delicious honey at the State Fair! Online registration deadline this year (2016) is August 29th, Monday at 10pm.    Exhibits to be entered should be brought to the fair on Tuesday or Wednesday, August 30 and August 31 between 10am and … [Read more...]

Pollination and Protecting Pollinators – WSU

Here is a link to a delightful video on Pollination and Protecting Pollinators; produced by WSU Extension service. The video is a little over 52 minutes long. https://vimeo.com/146957716 … [Read more...]

EPA says pesticide harms bees in some cases

EPA says pesticide harms bees in some cases Associated Press, By SETH BORENSTEIN Jan. 6, 2016 11:31 AM EST http://bigstory.ap.org/article/0a90958c813946bd928443f07479255b/apnewsbreak-epa-says-pesticide-harms-bees-some-cases WASHINGTON (AP) — A major pesticide harms honeybees when used on cotton and citrus but not on other big crops like corn, berries and tobacco, the … [Read more...]

NAPPC National Beekeeper Survey

We are trying to expand property tax benefits to beekeepers in order to preserve forage lands.  This survey will help us to propose guidelines for these benefits. Julie Zahniser Chair, Forage & Nutrition Task Force, NAPPC The Forage, Nutrition and Roadside Task Force of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign is reaching out to beekeepers to help us determine appropriate standards … [Read more...]