idiopathic brood disease syndrome (IBDS)

Photo: Randy Oliver

This ezine is also available online at This article is from CATCH THE BUZZ Colonies with IBDS, a new-found disease, are likely to die even with low mite levels. These finding support the growing consensus that the causes of colony mortality are multiple and interrelated. By Matt Shipman A new long-term study of honey bee … [Read more...]

Dry Pollen Feeder

Photo: Paul Lundy PVC pipe feeder

Many are used to mixing pollen substitute with honey or sugar syrup then placing the patty on the hive frames. In the February 2012 issue of American Bee Journal (pages 137 to 139) by T'Lee Sollenberger is a very good article showing alternate methods of feeding supplemental pollen substitute.     I use a 4 inch PVC pipe and put it out just as the Filberts start to bloom. Two … [Read more...]

Indoor Overwintering of Honey Bees

Photo: Eric Olson

Here is an excellent research paper on the biology of wintering honey bees and indoor wintering dynamics from the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists. The research paper is titled The Biology and Management of Colonies in Winter by Adony Melathopoulos of the Beaverlodge Research Farm, Beaverlodge, Alberta. Biology-and-Management-of-Colonies-in-Winter … [Read more...]

Master Beekeeper papers and oral presentations

Master Level Certification papers are required for completion for Master Beekeeper. The most recent papers and oral presentations submitted to the Committee are located on the Master level page here; Master Beekeeper Page … [Read more...]

WSU Beekeeping Short Course in Pullman, June 14 & 15th


Join us and your fellow beekeepers for our biennial beekeeping short course in Pullman at Washington State University. This course provides a wonderful opportunity to learn and experience a wide array of beekeeping topics. Friday, June 14th we will have a wine and cheese social with honey exchange and presentations by university graduate students and others. For those interested in the honey … [Read more...]

WSU Workshop: The Art of Queen Rearing


The Art of Queen Rearing Workshops offered by Washington State University Honey Bee Program Steve Sheppard, Susan Cobey & honey bee laboratory graduate students WSU, Pullman – Wed-Thurs, June 12 & 13, 2013 Mt Vernon Agricultural Station – Fri, July 19, 2013 These workshops will provide an understanding of what it takes to rear high quality queens. Basic biology and methods of … [Read more...]

Contact your Representative info

Kees Koff from East Jefferson Beekeepers gives practical instructions on supporting beekeepers. How to contact your legislator representative: Dear Fellow Beekeepers, DO THIS TODAY. It takes about 2 minutes to make a difference. Here is what you do: 1. Go to 2. On the map, click on your district. Then click on one of your legislators. 3. Then … [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...]

Wings and Wheels

Italian and Carniolan honeybees on lavendar

By Bob Redmond, Urban Bee Company As cities are the hubs of so much consumption, and thus the end point of much of our food system, one must wonder whether they can be more efficient — not just as consumers but also as producers. And since bees are not only an integral part of the food system, but also as examples of communication and transportation systems, beekeepers need to know about our … [Read more...]

What is Sustainable Beekeeping?

Italian and Carniolan honeybees on lavendar

By Jim Bach Sustainable – what is it in beekeeping? Wikipedia suggests that it is: “the capacity to endure or continue” including the concepts of stewardship and responsible management. To further define sustainable the following sustaining factors must be considered: Genetics, quality, behaviors and survivorship of queens, and bee colonies, The occurrence, effect and survivorship of bee … [Read more...]