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...]

Michael Bush at Olympia Beekeepers Association!

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. Registration information coming soon!   … [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...]

WSBA Board Meeting minutes – June 29, 2014

For those who missed the excellent board meeting complete with delicious food from Rodeo BBQ here are the meeting minutes.   Washington State Beekeepers’ Association Executive Board Meeting June 29, 2014 Meeting called to order at 12:25 p.m. by Mark Emrich. Opening remarks: Nonprofit Issues Affecting WSBA & Local Associations:  Mark Emrich and Brian Johnson have … [Read more...]

Mass bee die-offs reported in Portland Oregon area

Tracy Loew, Statesman Journal The Oregon Department of Agriculture is investigating at least three Portland-area mass bee die-offs that appear to be linked to pesticides. Beekeepers in several locations have reported entire colonies dying suddenly. Estacada beekeeper Jon Beaty checked his hives Wednesday night. "I noticed that there were hundreds of bees lying on the ground in front of … [Read more...]

Good Foods Award now includes Honey!

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The Good Food Awards proudly announces the addition of a Honey category to its fifth annual awards program. Entry period begins July 7! Committed to the stewardship of sustainably produced products, the Good Food Awards empowers craft food producers by providing concrete business opportunities and national visibility. The Awards bring the products and stories of the country’s best food … [Read more...]

Pollinator Protection Week – 2014

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Help us celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 16 to June 22, 2014. Seven years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by … [Read more...]

CATCH THE BUZZ – Highway Bee Act = Food For Bees

Roadside Plantings for Bees and other Pollinators From The Pollinator Partnership Highways BEE Act: H.R. 4790 was introduced by Reps Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and Jeff Denham (R-CA) on May 30 and is strongly supported by the Pollinator Partnership (P2). Hastings and Denham are co-chairs of the Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus (CP2C). Click Here for Additional Background. More … [Read more...]