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. Details here: http://wasba.org/event/wsba-board-meeting-ellensburg-3/ Washington State Beekeepers Association Executive Board Meeting Agenda March 28, … [Read more...]

Helping Washington State Bees and Beekeepers – Thursday, March 5

To help raise awareness of the issues facing bees and beekeepers in Washington State, WSBA is organizing a Legislative Honeybee Awareness Day, Thursday, March 5 on the North steps outside the Capitol legislative building, starting at 9:00 AM.   The work of the legislatively-mandated statewide Honey Bee Work Group is now complete.  The group met for more than a year, gathering data and … [Read more...]

Senate Bill 5017 – Defining honey bee products and services as an agricultural product

The Senate Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development Committee held a public hearing January 13, 2015 at 8AM on defining honey bee products and services as an agricultural product. This is an important issue as beekeeping is considered agriculture at the federal level but is not recognized in Washington State as being a direct agricultural activity or agricultural … [Read more...]

Washington State Honey Bee Work Group – Final Report

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Good news: The Washington State Honey Bee Work Group report is official! It has been sent to the State legislature for action. Here it is for your reading pleasure: FINAL Honey Bee Wk Group Report … [Read more...]

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...]