Beekeeper of the Year 2016 – Tim Hiatt

Congratulations to Tim Hiatt for becoming our latest Beekeeper of the Year! We received 3 outstanding nominations for our Beekeeper of the Year Award and Tim received the most votes. Tim was nominated by Fran Bach, who offered the following in support of his nomination: Background: Tim took on state government as chair of the Legislative Committee in 2014, which grew out of the Honey Bee … [Read more...]

Calling all Beekeepers – Glory Bee Foods is looking for Honey!

Hi everyone, If you have Honey to sell, Glory Bee Foods would like you to call! Here is their contact information: Nancy Burnett Natural Products & Imports Sr. Buyer | Purchasing Phone: 541-689-0913 ext 132 | Direct: 541-868-2296 Fax: 541-607-2142 Nancy.Burnett@GloryBee.com … [Read more...]

Washington State Fair – Honey Entries deadline is August

OK, as a beekeeper it is always good to be prepared and to think ahead. This goes for your honey exhibits at your local county fair. Think about also entering your delicious honey at the State Fair! Online registration deadline this year (2016) is August 29th, Monday at 10pm.    Exhibits to be entered should be brought to the fair on Tuesday or Wednesday, August 30 and August 31 between 10am and … [Read more...]

Olympia Beekeepers Association installs Honey bee colonies at the Governor’s Mansion

State agencies work to feed, support Washington’s bees. About 30,000 bees arriving on the lawn of the Governor’s Mansion claimed all the apiary attention April 20th. But behind the scenes, several other state agencies are working to improve forage for bees, including encouraging native plants to grow along freeways and distributing seed packets to help people grow bee-friendly plants. Last … [Read more...]

Pollination and Protecting Pollinators – WSU

Here is a link to a delightful video on Pollination and Protecting Pollinators; produced by WSU Extension service. The video is a little over 52 minutes long. https://vimeo.com/146957716 … [Read more...]

EPA says pesticide harms bees in some cases

EPA says pesticide harms bees in some cases Associated Press, By SETH BORENSTEIN Jan. 6, 2016 11:31 AM EST http://bigstory.ap.org/article/0a90958c813946bd928443f07479255b/apnewsbreak-epa-says-pesticide-harms-bees-some-cases WASHINGTON (AP) — A major pesticide harms honeybees when used on cotton and citrus but not on other big crops like corn, berries and tobacco, the … [Read more...]

Bee-related video segments; Paris climate change conference

Here are some excerpts of honey bee-related videos developed for and shown at the recent climate change conference in Paris, France by videographer Nils Aucante through the Tzu Chi Foundation. Nils was in Washington State in March, 2015 to interview beekeepers for these videos. Other beekeepers interviewed for the series and presentation were from France and Haiti. Thank you Franclyn Heinecke for … [Read more...]

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...]

Annual Membership Meeting October 11, 2015

The annual membership meeting is this October 11, 2015 at the delicious Rodeo BBQ in Ellensburg Washington. Washington State Beekeepers’ Association Annual Meeting: October 11, 2015 Rodeo City BBQ Restaurant, 204 N Main St, Ellensburg, WA 98926 Chairs, Committee Meetings 10 a.m. to Noon Noon to 12:30 Lunch 12:30 Annual Meeting Agenda: Approval of Minutes from July 2015 WSBA … [Read more...]