City of Olympia Bans Neonicotinoid Pesticides on City Land

The City of Olympia passed a resolution regarding the use of Neonicotinoid pesticides. Read the resolution here: Ltr and Resolution re neonics_Nov 3 … [Read more...]

Catch the Buzz – Using microscopic phages to stop AFB

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            This ezine is also available online at http://live.ezezine.com/ezine/archives/1636/1636-2014.10.28.13.54.archive.html Saving Bees, Stopping Antibiotic Use…What Could Be Better? For decades, honey bees have been battling a deadly disease that kills off their babies (larvae) and leads to hive collapse. It's called American Foulbrood … [Read more...]

California State Beekeepers Association – 125th Annual Convention

The California State Beekeepers Association, “Celebrating 125 Years of California Beekeeping,” kicks off its 2014 CSBA Annual Convention on November 18-20, in Valencia, California. Panel discussions “Keeping Bees Safe in Almonds,” “Land Trusts Working with Beekeepers,” and a session by Dr. Reed Johnson on “The Effects of Bee Safe Insecticides,” are among the hot topics being presented. CSBA … [Read more...]

Michael Bush at Olympia Beekeepers Association!

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Save the date! Michael Bush, author of "The Practical Beekeeper" will be presenting a full day of instruction and information on October 25th sponsored by the Olympia Beekeepers Association. It is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to spend the day with a renowned beekeeper who will be sharing his knowledge with us. Register now!  Oly-Beekeepers-Workshop … [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...]