Register Your Hives

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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...]

Beekeepers Partner with Corporations to Create Pollinator Habitat

This ezine is also available online at http://live.ezezine.com/ezine/archives/1636/1636-2014.12.10.11.40.archive.html CATCH THE BUZZ Beekeepers Partner with Corporations to Create Pollinator Habitat The Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) has awarded a grant “Beekeepers Collaborating to Create Pollinator Habitats” to beekeeping groups. The project is a partnership of Medina County … [Read more...]

Ontario To Reduce Seed Treatment Pesticides

This ezine is also available online at http://live.ezezine.com/ezine/archives/1636/1636-2014.11.26.11.15.archive.html CATCH THE BUZZ Ontario To Reduce Seed Treatment Pesticides Alan Harman    The Ontario government commits to an 80% reduction in the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid treated corn and soybean seed by 2017, a move welcomed by the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association … [Read more...]

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...]