WSU preparing sperm bank to save honey bee population

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Washington State University researchers are preparing to use liquid nitrogen to create a frozen semen bank from select U.S. and European honey bee colonies. WSU news post At the same time, the researchers will use genetic cross-breeding methods to produce more diverse, resilient honey bee subspecies that could help thwart the nation's current colony collapse crisis. Semen collection … [Read more...]

Beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest – West Sound Beekeepers


Join us for our Beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest Course Saturday June 29th, 2013 8:30am- 4:30pm at West Sound Beekeepers Association located in Silverdale Washington at Stedman Bee Supplies. This course is for All beekeepers that want to improve their beekeeping knowlege and become a better beekeeper. Whether you have just completed an Apprentice Beekeeping Class and mid … [Read more...]

Winter Loss Survey 2012 – 2013: Preliminary Results

Preliminary Results: Honey Bee Colony Losses in the United States, Winter 2012-2013 Note: This is a preliminary analysis. A more detailed final report is being prepared for publication at a later date. Preliminary survey results indicate that 31.1% of managed honey bee colonies in the United States were lost during the 2012/2013 winter. This represents an increase in loss of 9.2 points … [Read more...]

WSBA State Conference October 3-6, 2013

The 2013 Washington State Beekeepers Association annual conference is October 3 - 6, 2013 at the Best Western Evergreen Inn and Suites located in Federal Way, WA. Stay tuned for more details! … [Read more...]

Honey Bee National Winter Loss and Management Survey – reminder

There are only 7 days left!! The Bee informed Partnership, a joint project among numerous universities and laboratories, is asking you to please participate in the National Winter Loss and Management survey listed below. Both surveys are open only until 15 April 2013. Please click on the link below to take the survey: … [Read more...]

Splits and Swarm Prevention at

On Tuesday, April 9th, at 7PM, Dr. Timothy Lawrence, Island County Extension Director, will speak on the topic of Splits and Swarm Prevention at Northwest District Beekeepers Association, please join us. Professional beekeeper for more than 20 years, and formerly the Co-Director of WSU's Honey Bee Health Program, Dr. Lawrence has been "working to help the beekeeping industry find solutions to … [Read more...]

Bee Industry Hosts US EPA for Tour of Almond Pollination Sites


Dead Bees and Empty Hives Show the Extent of the Losses Oakdale, CA — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator, Jim Jones spent a day with beekeepers and almond growers to learn more about this year’s massive colony losses, and beekeepers’ concerns about the role of pesticides in the decline. The National Pollinator Defense Fund (NPDF) Board provided Jones with a … [Read more...]

Puyallup Spring Fair & American Honey Princess

2013 American Honey Princess Emily Campbell

Come join the 2013 American Honey Princess Emily Campbell at the Puyallup Spring Fair, April 18th to the 21st. Emily will bee at the Pierce County Beekeepers Association Fair booth located in the Pavilion and will present beekeeping topics at the Pavilion Garden stage. Emily's schedule at the Spring Fair: Thursday, April 18, 2013 5PM at the Garden Stage Friday, April 19, 2013 3PM at the … [Read more...]

March Newsletter correction

Honeyford photo

In this Month's print newsletter the legislative photo was mis-credited. The caption should read "(Left to right):  Mark Emrich, Pres. WSBA; John Timmons, Eric Olson, Senator Jim Honeyford, Alisa Shorey, and Tim Hiatt. The folks were in Olympia at the Legislature to give testimony on Senate Bill 5696 regarding beekeeper civil liability and SB 5453 that would expire the tax exemption for … [Read more...]

EPA Formally Issues Section 3 Registration for Apivar®


EPA Formally Issues Section 3 Registration for Apivar® The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been reviewing the registration for Apivar® in an expedited manner and has formally issued a Section 3 registration for the product. Arysta LifeScience was notified on March 11, 2013, of the conditional approval of Apivar® under a registration number of 87243-1 and will be undergoing … [Read more...]