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...]

Sales and use tax deferral for Beekeepers

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Today, Washington State Beekeepers are exempt from the following taxes: • the B&O tax on the wholesale sale of honey and honey bee products; • the B&O tax on bee pollination services; and • the sales and use tax on the sale of pollinating bees. To qualify for these tax exemptions, beekeepers must be registered with the Department of Agriculture. These tax exemptions expire on July … [Read more...]

January 2013 President’s Message

Mark Emrich

Dear fellow W.S.B.A. members, First let me wish you all a Happy New Year! I am looking forward to what I hope will be answers to some of the beekeeping questions that we all have been asking for many years. As to that end, our new web site is taking shape, and should be up and running in the spring. Paul Lundy has been working hard on the project. This new web site will be easier to use, and we … [Read more...]

Retiring President’s message

Paul Lundy

It has been a good two years serving as your President. We’ve got a lot done and it is because of you. Both Jim Bach, your Secretary, and Paul Hosticka, your Treasurer, hold everything together and never get enough thanks for a job well done. Paul & Jim, you are the best. Our past VP, Eric Olson, has done such a fantastic job working with WSU on large beekeeping research projects, getting more … [Read more...]