Beekeeper of the Year 2016 – Tim Hiatt

Congratulations to Tim Hiatt for becoming our latest Beekeeper of the Year! We received 3 outstanding nominations for our Beekeeper of the Year Award and Tim received the most votes. Tim was nominated by Fran Bach, who offered the following in support of his nomination: Background: Tim took on state government as chair of the Legislative Committee in 2014, which grew out of the Honey Bee … [Read more...]

Olympia Beekeepers Association installs Honey bee colonies at the Governor’s Mansion

State agencies work to feed, support Washington’s bees. About 30,000 bees arriving on the lawn of the Governor’s Mansion claimed all the apiary attention April 20th. But behind the scenes, several other state agencies are working to improve forage for bees, including encouraging native plants to grow along freeways and distributing seed packets to help people grow bee-friendly plants. Last … [Read more...]

Bee-related video segments; Paris climate change conference

Here are some excerpts of honey bee-related videos developed for and shown at the recent climate change conference in Paris, France by videographer Nils Aucante through the Tzu Chi Foundation. Nils was in Washington State in March, 2015 to interview beekeepers for these videos. Other beekeepers interviewed for the series and presentation were from France and Haiti. Thank you Franclyn Heinecke for … [Read more...]

Annual Membership Meeting October 11, 2015

The annual membership meeting is this October 11, 2015 at the delicious Rodeo BBQ in Ellensburg Washington. Washington State Beekeepers’ Association Annual Meeting: October 11, 2015 Rodeo City BBQ Restaurant, 204 N Main St, Ellensburg, WA 98926 Chairs, Committee Meetings 10 a.m. to Noon Noon to 12:30 Lunch 12:30 Annual Meeting Agenda: Approval of Minutes from July 2015 WSBA … [Read more...]

Washington State Fair is fast approaching!

As you know the Washington State Fair is fast approaching. For those interested in submitting beekeeping related items, this is just a reminder: 1.   The deadline for online registration is:   10pm, Monday, Sept. 7.    Please print a copy of your entry summary and bring it with you on entry day. 2.   Entry days are:   Tuesday, Sept 8—between 10am and 8pm    and    Wednesday, Sept 9—between 8am … [Read more...]

Washington State Beekeepers Are Farmers

This year the Washington State Legislature approved SB 6057. Thanks to all the hard work by all you beekeepers and supporters we are now recognized for our part in agriculture. This is theDepartment of Revenue notice; DOR_2015_honeybeekeepers. More clarification is coming after the Legislative Chair meets with the Department. Stay tuned! Here are excerpts from the bill: Sec. 1102.  RCW … [Read more...]

“Bee a Pollinator” Launches in Thurston County

On June 24th, the newly installed pollinator garden at Panorama in Lacey provided the backdrop for the launch of the Olympia Beekeepers Association “Bee a Pollinator” campaign. The culmination of three years of work with county leaders and officials, the campaign is asking the public to take action to help bees and other pollinators. “Bee a Pollinator” is targeted to addressing two of the biggest … [Read more...]

Plant a Pollinator Garden – Need Seeds?

Last year, President Obama directed all federal agencies to assist in pollinator conservation to protect our nation’s food security and to help keep pollinators healthy. The President’s National Pollinator Initiative is a commitment to sustaining the future of pollinators through research, policy, education, and action. As pollinators thrive and multiply, our nation will benefit. Your help is … [Read more...]

National Colony Loss Management Survey

Dear Beekeeper, Beekeepers needed!  Please participate in the National Colony Loss Management Survey organized by the Bee Informed Partnership and sponsored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).     Please go to our online survey at http://10.selectsurvey.net/beeinformed/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=BIP2015 and complete the survey there.  It will be live on … [Read more...]

WSBA Board meeting – Ellensburg: Bee sure to attend!

Bee sure to attend! The next Washington State Beekeeper’s Board meeting is March 28, 2015 at 10 AM, located at the scrumptiously delicious Rodeo City BBQ 204 N. Main St. Ellensburg, WA. Meeting is open to all. Past meeting minutes, for your reading pleasure, are here: 2014OCT26 WSBA Bd minutes Details here: http://wasba.org/event/wsba-board-meeting-ellensburg-3/ Executive Board Meeting … [Read more...]