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...]

WA4Bees – Washington beekeepers lobby for lower taxes, more forage

Washington beekeepers lobby for lower taxes, more forage Don Jenkins - Capital Press March 6, 2015 OLYMPIA, WA — Full-time beekeepers and hobbyist apiarists were on the Capitol Campus Thursday to draw attention to the plight of the honeybee. The good news, according to Central Washington beekeeper Tim Hiatt, is that only alarmists think honeybees will go extinct and humankind will follow. The … [Read more...]

CATCH THE BUZZ – Pollinator Protection Needed

Over 4 Million People Press Obama to Protect Bees Congress heeds call to action and introduces legislation as pressure mounts on White House Task Force to issue meaningful recommendations Press Release from Pesticide Action Network March 4, 2015 (Washington, DC) A coalition of beekeepers, farmers, business leaders, environmental and food safety advocates rallied in front of the White House … [Read more...]

Learn about​ Practical Beekeeping in Spokane

Learn about​ Practical Beekeeping in Spokane Michael Bush will present April 25, 2015 6:30pm-9:30pm at Bluwoods in Mead Washington. The event is sponsored by Spokane Honey. … [Read more...]

Passed! House Bill 1654 – Controlling noxious weeds while still having forage for honey bees

This bill has passed; yeas, 67; nays, 31. Thank you everyone for your support, it is amazing what volunteers can do for your beekeeping community. Yes, you made a positive difference this week. http://tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2015030056#start=2950&stop=3041 The House Full Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources will hold an executive session February 12, … [Read more...]

Oxalic Acid Registration Comments Wanted By EPA

CATCH THE BUZZ Oxalic Acid Registration Comments Wanted By EPA Alan Harman    There’s great news for beekeepers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking approval for the in-hive use of oxalic acid dihydrate to control Varroa mites. COMMENT HERE: https://federalregister.gov/a/2015-02209    Comments must be received by the EPA on or before March 6. The details: 5. File Symbol: 91266-R. … [Read more...]

Federal Standard of Identity for Honey Update

CATCH THE BUZZ, AN EDITORIAL Proposed Single Federal Agency To Oversee All Food Safety. FDA and FSIS to Merge.  Honey Definition and Oversight to be Included. Back in January we reported in the BUZZ that the ERS has sent a Report to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration as Required by the 2014 Farm Bill on “How an Appropriate Federal Standard of Identity for Honey Would be in the … [Read more...]

HopGuard (hop beta acids) Section 18 use approved

Pictogram how to apply HopGuard II 2015

Good news everyone, HopGuard (hop beta acids) and has been approved for use to control Varroa mites in Washington State for 2015. February 2015 update: BetaTec (the manufacturer of HopGuard) has provided a pictogram on how to best apply the strip in the hive. The new strip is corrugated and has a mylar backing to help with many of the application issues identified in the field. See the links … [Read more...]