Happy Holidays from WSBA!

Your all volunteer Washington State Beekeeping Association wishes you and your family the very best and a happy new year. Our Master Beekeeper program is regarded as one of the best and it is all because of you. Your dedication to keeping up on the latest, and concentrating on what is important for beekeepers really shows and we thank you. You will notice that we are using a new email … [Read more...]

WSBA Update – Mark Emrich

Dear Fellow Members, First, let me thank you for your trust in me to lead W.S.B.A. as your President for one last year. Congratulations to the rest of the board who were also re-elected to their positions. I want to thank the present field reps for electing to stay another year with me, also our legislative team that has been working very hard for all of us. We have made some great inroads in … [Read more...]

WSBA Annual Meeting and Elections! October 26

This year's annual meeting will be at the glorious Rodeo City BBQ located in downtown Ellensberg. Join us for committee meetings on Sunday, October 26 starting at 10AM with lunch at 12 noon. The general membership meeting starts at 12:30 PM with elections to follow. 204 N Main St, Ellensburg, WA 98926 (509) 962-2727 … [Read more...]

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...]