President’s Message – May 2014

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...]

Senate Bill 6402 – Beekeepers as Farmers

Senate bill 6402 has passed the Senate and is pending before the House Finance committee. This bill will permanently recognize beekeepers as farmers for the purposes of taxation. This bill would exempt beekeepers from paying B&O tax on sales of queen bees, packaged bees, honey, pollen, bees wax, propolis, or other substances obtained from honey bees, and on pollination services. There are two … [Read more...]

USDA to provide up to $3 Million in Bee Forage Funding

Agriculture Secretary announces $3 million for a new program to improve pollinator health Contact: USDA Office of Communications (202) 720-4623 WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide close to $3 million in technical and financial assistance for interested farmers and ranchers to help improve the … [Read more...]

WSBA Board Meeting minutes – February 22, 2014

For those who missed the excellent board meeting complete with delicious food from Rodeo BBQ here are the meeting minutes for both Master Beekeepers and the general meeting.         Washington State Beekeepers Association Executive Board Meeting Minutes February 22, 2014  Meeting called to order at12:20pm by Mark Emrich  Call to order, and opening … [Read more...]

WSBA Board meeting – Ellensburg

Bee sure to attend! The next Washington State Beekeeper’s Board meeting is February 22, 2014 at 10:30AM, located at the scrumptiously delicious Rodeo City BBQ 204 N. Main St. Ellensburg, WA. Meeting is open to all. Details here: Washington State Beekeepers Association Executive Board Meeting Agenda February 22, … [Read more...]

Senate Bill 6402 – Defining honey bee products and services as an agricultural product

The Senate Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development Committee held a public hearing January 30, 2014 at 10AM 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...]

President’s message January 2014

The end of the year is finally upon us. As years go this was a wild one for records. The weather was some of the most unsettled that we have seen in many years. One of the earliest springs, driest late summer, wettest early fall, and one of the driest Decembers to date. Another record goes to the Education Committee as by the middle of this year, over 3,000 beekeepers have received certificates … [Read more...]

Master Beekeeper Committee Update

It is with great sadness, and reluctance that I accept the resignation of Louis Matej as co-chair of the Master Beekeeper Committee affective December 1 2013. We have had several conversations about his retirement as committee chair in the past few months, and he has hung in at my request to help get my feet under me. His help with getting me up to speed has been invaluable, but his feeling that … [Read more...]