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...]

HopGuard is approved by the EPA

HopGuard, a miticide derived from hop compounds, is approved for general use. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered HopGuard® II, a new biochemical miticide, Potassium Salts of Hops Beta Acids (K-HBAs), which is intended to provide another option for beekeepers to combat the devastating effects of the Varroa mite on honey bee colonies and to avoid the development of resistance … [Read more...]

Passage of a Beekeeper – Ron Babcock

Ronald Wayne Babcock, Sr. “Ron” June 26, 1940 – Sept 21, 2015 Ron peacefully passed away early on the morning of Sept. 21st at home in Arlington, WA. He was born in Winfield, Kansas to Margie Lee Babcock (Workman) and Wayne Zoll Babcock and grew up in Oxford, KS until the age of 17 before joining the US Navy. He served from 1959-1963 on the USS Tortuga. Ron married LaVonne Stills in El … [Read more...]

Managed Pollinator Protection Plans (MP3)

Hello everyone. I bet you were holding your breath just waiting for the Managed Pollinator Protection Plan stakeholder meeting to discuss the development of a managed pollinator protection plan (MP3)  in Washington. I know I was excited to see the meeting date. The MP3 stakeholder meeting (Agenda for MP3 Stakeholder Meeting 20150806) was at 9:00 AM on August 14, in room 172 at the Natural … [Read more...]

Big Win for Honey Bees & Beekeepers as Court Voids Insecticide

A United States appeals court ruled on Thursday that federal regulators erred in allowing an insecticide developed by Dow AgroSciences onto the market, canceling its approval and giving environmentalists a major victory. The ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, is significant for commercial beekeepers and others who say a decline in bee colonies … [Read more...]

Food and Farming Groups Urge EPA to Refocus on Pesticide Problem Facing Bees

Food and Farming Groups Urge EPA to Refocus on Pesticide Problem Facing Bees Washington, DC – In advance of tomorrow’s deadline, eleven food, beekeeping and farm organizations submitted a letter to EPA today urging the agency to refocus its attention — and new policies — on the addressing the impact of pesticide seed coatings on bees. The groups were responding to the agency’s proposed rules to … [Read more...]

Report agricultural Beekeeping losses due to wild fires

The USDA Farm Service Agency reminds beekeepers to submit losses to the FSA. County staff in fire-affected counties will be sending reminders to ranchers to report losses.  Please encourage beekeepers to report to FSA and check what resources might be available. Here are the announcements: Fire Recovery Assistance from the USDA_RD_FSA_NRCS_RMAVersion_final Fire_Recovery_FSAnews_Aug2015 … [Read more...]

Washington State Fair is fast approaching!

As you know the Washington State Fair is fast approaching. For those interested in submitting beekeeping related items, this is just a reminder: 1.   The deadline for online registration is:   10pm, Monday, Sept. 7.    Please print a copy of your entry summary and bring it with you on entry day. 2.   Entry days are:   Tuesday, Sept 8—between 10am and 8pm    and    Wednesday, Sept 9—between 8am … [Read more...]

Washington State Beekeepers Are Farmers

This year the Washington State Legislature approved SB 6057. Thanks to all the hard work by all you beekeepers and supporters we are now recognized for our part in agriculture. This is theDepartment of Revenue notice; DOR_2015_honeybeekeepers. More clarification is coming after the Legislative Chair meets with the Department. Stay tuned! Here are excerpts from the bill: Sec. 1102.  RCW … [Read more...]

Amina Harris: You’re Tasting Honey All Wrong

With her honey flavor wheel and honey library, this expert wants to change Americans' relationship to a controversial sweetener. By Amber Turpin published on on June 17, 2015 - See more at: Amina Harris has a sweet job. Literally. As Director of the Honey and Pollination … [Read more...]