“Bee a Pollinator” Launches in Thurston County

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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?

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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...]

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...]