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 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 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 ( 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...]

How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides, PNW 591

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The latest version of the How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides publication (PNW 591) is now available. For a free, downloadable PDF version go here: PNW951 … [Read more...]

Passage of a beekeeper – Jim Bach

Jim Bach working the bees

It is with a heavy heart that I let you all know of the passing of our secretary Jim Bach. Jim had many things to his credit. His list of accomplishments is long, and and here is but a brief glimpse. Jim began beekeeping in 1969 when he collected a swarm in a Seattle neighborhood. Jim became the local four county state seasonal bee inspector for two seasons. Jim also formed a bee supply … [Read more...]

WSDA News: Gardening? Quick tips to keep bees buzzing in your garden

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 – The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has developed a new pamphlet meant to help guide home gardeners on the ways to protect bees and other pollinating insects from the possible effects of certain pesticides. The guide, “10 Ways to Protect Bees from Pesticides,” offers information on pesticide use and bees, web sites with information on the topic, and tips to reduce the risk … [Read more...]

‘Bee friendly’ plants may actually be toxic to bees


by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News Bee advocates on Wednesday released a report they say found some plants marketed as ‘bee friendly’ actually contain pesticides that can harm or even kill honey bees. The group Friends of the Earth released the report that says 7 of the 13 plants they purchased from major retailers tested positive for neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides that some tests have … [Read more...]