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

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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...]

Paramount Farming Enters Beekeeping Industry

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CATCH THE BUZZ Paramount Farming Enters Beekeeping Industry with Acquisition of Headwaters Farm  A leading farming operation in the almond industry to contribute to the health and longevity of bees for pollination  BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – February 2, 2015 – Paramount Farming, a leading grower of almonds and pistachios, today announced that it has acquired Headwaters Farm, one of the larger … [Read more...]

Washington beekeeping faces hurdles

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Beekeepers look for agricultural designation Business Examiner Media Group, February 2, 2015, Zachariah Bryan, Reporter When Harvard Robbins, 82, first started beekeeping in Lakewood 40 years ago, he had the land all to himself. “There wasn’t this school here. There weren’t all these houses around here. … This is where I gathered a lot of honey,” Robbins said. The beekeeping economy has … [Read more...]

Ways & Means – Senate Full Committee Meeting Update

The Senate Committee on Ways & Means is holding a public hearing February 2, 2015 at 3:30 pm on; SB 5017 - Defining honey bee products and services as an agricultural product. Senate Hearing Rm 4 J.A. Cherberg Building Olympia, WA Senate bill report that outlines SB 5017: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bill%20Reports/Senate/5017%20SBA%20WM%2015.pdf … [Read more...]

CATCH THE BUZZ – Safe, Innovative Mite Control?

Codenamed ‘MiteNot’. This technology is a simple, compostable and pesticide-free way to sterilize Varroa destructor mites. Eltopia is in early stage development of a simple, pesticide-free way to remove varroa destructor mites in bee hives. Groundbreaking new technology, code named ‘MiteNot’, will sterilize mites thereby eliminating them without harming the bees. The ‘MiteNot’ is currently in … [Read more...]

CATCH THE BUZZ – Bayer Bee Care Leadership Award

Bee Care Community Leadership Award Offered      Bayer CropScience is seeking nominations for its third annual Bee Care Community Leadership Award, which recognizes an individual’s interest in and commitment to honey bees to benefit the community.    The award is part of Bayer’s North American Bee Care Program, provides a $5,000 grant to the winner to be used in support of a community beekeeping … [Read more...]

Beekeeper Training Area 2 and Clark County

I'm an instructor for the Washington State Beekeeping Association Master Beekeeping program for area #2, which includes Clark County. Come join us for Master Beekeeping classes which are moving from the CASSE Center to the Heritage Farm: 1919 NE 78th Street Vancouver WA. Each meeting will be held on the 1st Monday of each month at 6:30 PM. You can bring your test there, have them corrected, and … [Read more...]

USDA Provides Greater Protection for HONEY and Other Specialty Crop Growers

Free Basic Coverage Plans and Premium Discounts Available for New, Underserved and Limited Income Farmers Greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty … [Read more...]

Oregon’s task force on pollinator health – Final Report

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More good news: The Oregon State Task Force on Pollinator Health report is official! It has been sent to the Oregon State legislature for action. Here it is for your reading pleasure: Oregon State Pollinator Health report Four major recommendations are in the report Oregon should develop a strong, effective outreach and education strategy on pollinator health, including best management … [Read more...]