WSBA Annual Conference 2013


The 2013 Washington State Beekeepers Association annual conference is October 3 – 5, 2013 at the Best Western Evergreen Inn and Suites located in Federal Way, WA. Learn about … Sustainable beekeeping practices. West Coast beekeeping methods. The latest research in honeybee health. Methods to raise your own queens. On-line registration here.  Mail-In Registration Form Meet … [Read more...]

Pesticide Causes Largest Mass Bumble Bee Death on Record

Oregon Department of Agriculture confirms deaths due to application of insecticide known as Safari. Read the details here. Wilsonville OR. — Scientists investigating the mass death of bumble bees in Wilsonville, Oregon say that pesticides are the most likely cause. The incident first came to light on Saturday when shoppers at a Target store reported finding tens of thousands of dead bees in the … [Read more...]

Oregon investigating deaths of 25,000 bumblebees

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It's a mystery that has prompted an investigation by the State of Oregon. Thousands of dead bumblebees are blanketing a parking lot in Wilsonville. Read the story here. The plaza, just off Interstate 5 that houses Costco, Target, a Sprint store and Panda Express to name a few, has about 65 European Linden trees. Since the weekend, dead bumblebees have been falling from the trees. Experts … [Read more...]

Washington State Department of Agriculture will not limit the use of neonicotinoid insecticides

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After a 60-day review period, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has decided not to pursue rulemaking to limit the use of neonicotinoid insecticides on ornamental plants. On April 8, the Thurston County Board of Commissioners petitioned WSDA to develop rules that would restrict most homeowners from purchasing neonicotinoid insecticides for use on ornamental plants. The rule … [Read more...]

President’s message

Dear Fellow Members, This has been a wild past 2 days. First, the Thurston County Commissioners has sent a letter to the Washington State Dept of Agriculture. A copy of the letter is available on the web site to view here: Thurston-county-acts-to-protect-honey-bees. In short it (if acted on by the W.S.D.A.) will pull neo-nics off the shelves of all stores in Thurston County. As far as I know … [Read more...]

Bee Industry Hosts US EPA for Tour of Almond Pollination Sites

Dead Bees and Empty Hives Show the Extent of the Losses Oakdale, CA — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator, Jim Jones spent a day with beekeepers and almond growers to learn more about this year’s massive colony losses, and beekeepers’ concerns about the role of pesticides in the decline. The National Pollinator Defense Fund (NPDF) Board provided Jones with a view … [Read more...]

House Bill 1558 update (continuing the B&O tax exemption for beekeepers)

House Bill 1558 is up for another hearing in Olympia. We will be going back to Olympia on Tuesday to meet with our representatives. If you can make it, please come to the HB 1558 Hearing at the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Water & Rural Economic Development meeting on Tuesday March 19th at 10 A.M. These tax exemptions expire on July 1, 2013. We are asking the Washington State … [Read more...]

March 2013 President’s Message

Mark Emrich, President WSBA

Dear fellow members, As some of you know already the Association has been spending some quality time in Olympia. We gave testimony on house bill #HB 1558. Originally a bill to give some tax relief to beekeepers in the state of Washington. As it ends up, we walked away with a request of “how can we do more for beekeepers” and the home work began. With basically 48 hours to rework, and … [Read more...]

House Bill 1558 update (continuing the B&O tax exemption for beekeepers)

Rep. J. T. Wilcox is from the 2nd District (Yelm, Graham, Eatonville) and sits on the House Finance Committee. The committee heard testimony on HB 1558 on Feb. 4. On his website, he offers a weekly update on the legislature. Here is the link: On that page, go to the bottom right side of the page for his weekly video update. This one is dated Feb. … [Read more...]

WSBA Well represented at Olympia

Mark Emrich

W.S.B.A. was well represented in Olympia on February 4th. Sue Olson, Franclyn Heinecke, Charles Bennett, and myself all gave testimony on House Bill #hb 1558. Sue took the lead with her testimony on how this tax would impact her company, that with all the other problems we face in beekeeping at this time that it would be of great help to beekeepers not to be burdened by more taxation. We all … [Read more...]