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...]

WSBA Board meeting – Ellensburg

Rodeo City BBQ

Bee sure to attend! The next Washington State Beekeeper’s Board meeting is June 29, 2014 at 11 AM, located at the scrumptiously delicious Rodeo City BBQ 204 N. Main St. Ellensburg, WA. Meeting is open to all. Details here: http://wasba.org/event/wsba-board-meeting-ellensburg-2/ Washington State Beekeepers Association Executive Board Meeting Agenda June 29, 2014 11am Committee … [Read more...]

It is Pesticide season – neonicotinoid list

Photo: Randy Oliver

Here are some common brand names of pesticides containing neonicotinoids. These pesticides are implicated in honey bee deaths. Clothianidin: Aloft, Green Light, Poncho Thiamethoxam: Actara, Cruiser, Flagship, Platinum Imidacloprid: 12 Month Tree & Shrub Protect & Feed, Complete Brand Insect Killer For Soil & Turf, Admire, Advantage (flea & tick for dogs), Criterion, … [Read more...]

Bee hives in Northern Tanzania – By Glenn Austin

Photo by Glenn Austin

I was traveling across northern Tanzania between the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro, learning about farming and herding in the area.  This is an incredibly productive region blessed with good soil, climate and very skilled multigenerational farmers and herders.  However, their livelihood is threatened by increasing drought and changes in land use. We are exploring adding rain water collection to aid … [Read more...]

FDA Draft Guidance for Industry: Proper Labeling of Honey and Honey Products

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The FDA has released draft guidance on the labeling of honey in the effort to clarify misbranding and adulteration. It is important to let the FDA know what you think. Please share this so others have the opportunity to submit comments. The full text can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/guidancedocumentsregulatoryinformation/labelingnutrition/ucm389501.htm To ensure … [Read more...]

CATCH THE BUZZ – Ontario Offers Aid

CATCH THE BUZZ - Ontario Offers Financial Aid For Beekeepers Alan Harman This ezine is also available online at http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2014.05.21.06.21.archive.html Ontario’s provincial government announces a one-off aid package for beekeepers in the Canadian province hit by harsh winter conditions this year and other pollinator health issues. Saying the province's bee … [Read more...]

Colder winters add to colony collapse – Harvard Gazette

Colder winters add to colony collapse - Harvard Gazette May 9, 2014: By Karen Feldscher, Harvard School of Public Health Communications Study strengthens link between neonicotinoids, harsher winters, and collapse of honeybee colonies. Two widely used neonicotinoids — a class of insecticide — appear to significantly harm honeybee colonies over the winter, particularly colder winters, … [Read more...]

WSDA – Survey finds Puget Sound homeowners need better education on pesticide use

A Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) survey of Puget Sound residents found more than half used a pesticide in the previous year, but many did not follow instructions on the labels or used a product that was not intended for the pest they were treating. Nearly 3,000 people responded to a March 2013 survey of residents in 11 counties covering the Puget Sound region. The survey was … [Read more...]

House Committee on Agriculture hearing in D.C. on pollinators and pesticides – see the video!

The House Committee on Agriculture recently held an update to review current research and application of management strategies to control pests and diseases of pollinators. Here is a link to the Committee page that shows which experts participated: http://agriculture.house.gov/hearing/review-current-research-and-application-management-strategies-control-pests-and-diseases The meeting was … [Read more...]

Take The Survey…NOW!

In past years Washington State Beekeeping Association conducted its own winter loss survey along with Oregon State Beekeepers. To better gather the data needed to  actually help, we now support the Bee Informed Partnership. Please participate in this years survey of all beekeepers. The Bee Informed Partnership, a joint project among numerous universities and laboratories, is a project whose aim … [Read more...]