WSBA is going to the WAS Conference!

Join us at the 2014 Western Apicultural Society Conference and 2nd International Workshop on Hive and Bee Monitoring. WSBA is not holding a state conference this year. Instead we are going to the Western Apicultural Society Conference in Missoula, Montana September 17th to 20th.  Go here for the details: http://ucanr.edu/sites/was2/Conference_Information/ This is why we are excited about … [Read more...]

CATCH THE BUZZ – Report Bee Kills, Support Funding Evidence Kits

Bee kills reported to the Pollinator Stewardship Council last year came from thirteen states and totaled 14,976 colonies. During the spring of 2014 bee kills reported to us totalled 89,000 colonies in five states. These bee kills were obvious with piles of dead bees at the entrance, dead brood inside the hive, dead adult bees inside the hive, and often dead queens as well. Not all of the bees, … [Read more...]

Another Attack on Our Clean Water Protections

Educate Your U.S. Representative: Tell Them to Protect Our Nation's Waterways from Pesticides Yet again, a select few members of Congress are attempting to rush through the deceptively named  "Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act" (HR 935), which would in fact eliminate critical Clean Water Act protections for our nation's waterways. This bill would: (1) undermine federal authority to protect … [Read more...]

Pollinator Week Activities Recap – PSBA

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Puget Sound Beekeepers has been busy as a bee! Pollinator Week 2014 was last week and Puget Sound Beekeepers Association is still feeling the buzz - as volunteers were out in full force, sharing the buzz about bees. The lineup of fun started with six different screenings of the film “More Than Honey”  held in and around several Seattle communities, thanks to efforts of www.Meaningfulmovies.org … [Read more...]

Pollinator Protection Week – 2014

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Help us celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 16 to June 22, 2014. Seven years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by … [Read more...]

Become a WSBA Member!

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You don’t have to be a beekeeper to love the cute little pollinators, or to appreciate all they do. Membership in WSBA is important and now is the time (please join or renew) to support everything we do to promote the health of honey bees and education on the importance of insect pollinators.   Here is what we do: http://wasba.org/about-wsba/wsba-mission/ There are four ways to … [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...]

President’s Message – May 2014

Mark Emrich, President WSBA

Dear Fellow Members, A great deal has been happening in beekeeping in the past few months. It has been brought to my attention that I am short-changing the membership and that you should know more about what is going on behind the scenes in the week by week operations at the state level I guess that I assumed you all must know that we are working hard on supporting beekeeping both in … [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...]

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...]