WSBA Annual Meeting and Elections! October 26

This year's annual meeting will be at the glorious Rodeo City BBQ located in downtown Ellensberg. Join us for committee meetings on Sunday, October 26 starting at 10AM with lunch at 12 noon. The general membership meeting starts at 12:30 PM with elections to follow. 204 N Main St, Ellensburg, WA 98926 (509) 962-2727 … [Read more...]

An open letter to EPA from 60 members of Congress

Catch The Buzz by Kim Flottum (view all archives) CATCH THE BUZZ - A Letter To EPA from Congress http://live.ezezine.com/ezine/archives/1636/1636-2014.10.02.08.59.archive.html   CATCH THE BUZZ An open letter to EPA from 60 members of Congress Dear Administrator McCarthy, On June 20, 2014, President Obama issued a directive to federal agencies to create a federal strategy to … [Read more...]

Syngenta asks EPA to raise tolerance level for thiamethoxam

Syngenta asks EPA to raise tolerance level for 'bee-killing' chemical Greenwire: Friday, September 5, 2014 Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter To comment on this proposed change, go here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2013-0758-0015 Seed and crop management company Syngenta Crop Protection LLC has petitioned U.S. EPA to increase the legal tolerance for a … [Read more...]

Pesticide Levels in Waterways Have Dropped – NYT

New York Times By MICHAEL WINES SEPT. 11, 2014 To see more of this article, please go here: http://nyti.ms/1rQ8mFl The development of safer pesticides and legal restrictions on their use have sharply reduced the risk to humans from pesticide-tainted rivers and streams, while the potential risk to aquatic life in urban waters has risen, according to a two-decade survey published on … [Read more...]

CATCH THE BUZZ – Canada Puts $$$ in Bee Research

CATCH THE BUZZ Harper Government Invests in Bee Health DESCHAMBAULT, QUEBEC. Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux announced today an investment of over $250,000 to the Centre de recherche en sciences animales de Deschambault (CRSAD) to help position Canada as a world leader in beekeeping research. This research is geared towards optimizing the profitability of honeybee colonies and … [Read more...]

Canadian beekeepers sue Bayer, Syngenta over neonicotinoid pesticides

Read more here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/canadian-beekeepers-sue-bayer-syngenta-over-neonicotinoid-pesticides-1.2754441 Canadian beekeepers are suing the makers of popular crop pesticides for more than $400 million in damages, alleging that their use is causing the deaths of bee colonies. The class action lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the Ontario Superior Court on behalf of all … [Read more...]

Have you used HiveTracks? Join the Washington State Beekeepers group!

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Hello fellow Beekeepers, I would like to introduce a fascinating and useful web based hive management tool called HiveTracks. It is one the better hive management software I have used. The website is comprehensive and very easy to use. Another great feature is it is free! One very useful item of the site is you can set up a group of members that can share their data with the other beekeepers … [Read more...]

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Seeks Standard For Honey

CATCH THE BUZZ This ezine is also available online at http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2014.08.20.10.20.archive.html The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments on how a federal standard of identity for honey would be in the interest of consumers, the honey industry, and U.S. agriculture. Here is a PDF describing the petition and comment … [Read more...]

Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees is offering five $2000 scholarships

FOUNDATION OFFERING FIVE GRADUATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, (http://www.abfnet.org/?page=7) is offering five $2000 scholarships to apiculture graduate students in 2015. This is the Foundation’s 10th year to award these scholarships. The Foundation is a charitable research and education foundation affiliated with the American Beekeeping Federation … [Read more...]

Pollinator Week Activities Recap – PSBA

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Puget Sound Beekeepers has been busy as a bee! Pollinator Week 2014 was last week and Puget Sound Beekeepers Association is still feeling the buzz - as volunteers were out in full force, sharing the buzz about bees. The lineup of fun started with six different screenings of the film “More Than Honey”  held in and around several Seattle communities, thanks to efforts of www.Meaningfulmovies.org … [Read more...]