Bee Deaths May Stem From Virus, Study Says – NY Times

By MICHAEL WINES JAN. 21, 2014 The New York Times The mysterious mass die-offs of honeybees that have wiped out roughly a third of commercial colonies each year since 2006 may be linked to a rapidly mutating virus that jumped from tobacco plants to soy plants to bees, according to a new study. To read the complete article, please go … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Revised Miticide Regulations

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Revised miticide  regulations have been released.  Here is the latest approved miticides from Washington State Department of Agriculture: Approved Miticide list (PDF) … [Read more...]

Beekeeper of the Year 2013

Beekeeper of the Year 2013 This year we had a good number of very good candidates put up by their local association. It is always a challenge to pick one beekeeper that has made the greatest impact in beekeeping each year. Many times it is a long time commitment to beekeeping, and volunteering of their time. Beekeeping in most cases is a singular craft. Many of us enjoy laboring with our … [Read more...]

Catch the Buzz – Mann Lake buys TONS of sugar from US Gov.

CATCH THE BUZZ A Nickel A Pound Five cents a pound. The U.S. Government, sitting on a whole mountain range of surplus sugar, sold it all – almost 80 tons, 160 million pounds – Friday to two companies. Mann Lake Ltd, of Woodland, California, which also sell supplies and honey bee feed to beekeepers, bought 56 percent of the 79,750 tons that were offered by USDA for their sweetener business in … [Read more...]

CATCH THE BUZZ – Sulfoxaflor Registration Challenged

Beekeeping Industry Challenge to EPA: Reevaluate Toxic Bee-Killing Pesticide Beekeeping business struggling to stay afloat amid costly threat from pesticide San Francisco, C.A. — National beekeeping organizations along with the National Honey Bee Advisory Board and the Pollinator Stewardship Council have filed an opening brief in an appeal challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency … [Read more...]

Canada Border To Remain Closed…Probably

From CATCH THE BUZZ Canada Border To Remain Closed…Probably. More of this article is available online at http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2013.11.04.11.22.archive.html Alan Harman The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is refusing to release its risk assessment on bees from the United States, but media reports say the agency has concluded the border should remain closed because of four … [Read more...]

ABF and Monsanto –

Message from George Hansen, ABF President October 25, 2013 Last week I was called by Monsanto representative Jerry Hayes and was asked to participate in a honey bee health symposium as a representative of the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF). I had already participated in two previous meetings of this type – the first was sponsored by Project Apis m. in California, and the second was … [Read more...]

Are you Listed on the Almond Board of California Pollination Directory?

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This ezine is also available online at http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2013.10.22.10.42.archive.html CATCH THE BUZZ Are you Listed on the Almond Board of California Pollination Directory? The Almond Board of California has re-structured our Pollination Directory located on the Board’s website. The Pollination Directory contains information for California almond growers to use as a … [Read more...]

Puget Sound ZomBee Watch

University of Washington, Department of Biology The UW Department of Biology is supplementing the nation-wide ZomBee Watch program (https://www.zombeewatch.org) with our own local, intensified sampling effort. We hope to learn more about this interesting, newly recognized honey bee parasite. Please help by sending us suspicious samples.       Contact us directly for a … [Read more...]