Washington beekeeping faces hurdles

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

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...]

Register Your Hives

Please register your hives with the Washington State Department of Agriculture to take advantage of state tax exemptions. Link to the registration form: Apiary Registration form     This is an excerpt from the Honey Bee Work Group report dated December 12, 2014 convened by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). CHALLENGES When beekeepers or bee brokers … [Read more...]

Thank you Canada – Pollinator Health Proposal

CATCH THE BUZZ Canada’s Pollinator Health Meeting Lacks Buzz Alan Harman There was two-way traffic at a Canadian agricultural stakeholder meeting called to discuss the Ontario government's pollinator health proposal.    After everybody walked into the meeting, called by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of the Environment, it was barely underway when … [Read more...]

AFB Discovery Good News for the future

CATCH THE BUZZ Discovery aims to fight destructive bee disease University of Guelph researchers hope their new discovery will help combat a disease killing honeybee populations around the world. The researchers have found a toxin released by the pathogen that causes American foulbrood disease -- Paenibacillus larvae (P. larvae) -- and developed a lead-based inhibitor against it. The study … [Read more...]