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...]

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) will start at 9:00 AM on August 14, and will be in room 172 at … [Read more...]

Washington State Fair is fast approaching!

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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 http://civileats.com/ on June 17, 2015 - See more at: http://civileats.com/2015/06/17/amina-harris-youre-tasting-honey-all-wrong/#sthash.07n6gcz7.dpuf Amina Harris has a sweet job. Literally. As Director of the Honey and Pollination … [Read more...]

EPA Takes Strong Steps to Better Protect Bees from Pesticides

The EPA is accepting comments on their proposal to protect bees from pesticides. Here are some of the highlights: EPA is proposing restrictions to protect bees used for pollination services from harmful pesticide exposure. Large numbers of bees may be exposed to pesticide spray when growers contract with beekeepers to provide pollination services. EPA believes that strong regulatory measures … [Read more...]

Legislative Update

SB 5017 which would have beekeepers be considered farmers by the state: This bill originated in the Senate, passed the Agriculture committee, and is waiting for action in the Ways & Means committee. Because it contains a tax change provision, it is necessary to implement the state budget, and was not subject to the mid-session cut off which passed last Wednesday. Now that the busy time before … [Read more...]

HB 1654 Public Hearing Scheduled

Keep the Bee in Business and Washington in Bloom Here's update on HB 1654 for Controlling noxious weeds while still supporting pollen-rich forage plant communities for honey bees - and how you can help get this bill passed through the Senate. Status:  This bill passed the House of Representatives on March 6th and is now scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources … [Read more...]

Bees victory in pesticide battle

Bayer libel action dismissed - The Ecologist Chemical giant Bayer has failed in its attempt to sue Friends of the Earth Germany over its claims that its pesticide Thiacloprid harms bees. Now pressure is growing on the EU to add the neonicotinoid to the three already banned. Read more here: … [Read more...]