Washington State Beekeepers Association Mission

The WSBA was created specifically to serve Washington State Beekeepers in the following areas:

  • To help maintain vibrant local beekeeping organizations
  • To assist the agricultural community
  • To improve relations between Beekeepers, Government Agencies, and the Public
  • To promote Beekeeping and bee products in the State of Washington and abroad
  • To promote and maintain industry connections at the state, national, and international level
  • To collectively represent all Beekeepers of Washington State
  • To promote and enhance academic research into beekeeping practice in the State of Washington


Your membership in the WSBA contributes to the welfare of the hobbyist and professional Beekeeper in Washington State. As a group, the WSBA is able to lobby for things such as the Section 18 permission to uses specific miticides, as well as fund research and development. Activities throughout the year highlight current research, train new beekeepers, and assist experienced beekeepers in learning new techniques. Furthermore, the newsletter will keep you abreast of issues affecting all of us in Washington State.


Visit the Membership page and join today.

Details of what we do

We are all volunteers and here is what we do for you

Represent the interests of thousands of beekeepers in the State of Washington. The official umbrella organization.

    • Maintains a comprehensive web site on Washington State specific beekeeping information.
    • Topical newsletter emphasizing Washington and regional information for members.
    • Contact information for all local beekeeping organizations.
    • Area representation for all areas in the State of Washington.

Promote the welfare of local beekeeping associations.

    • Local beekeeping associations can apply for a grant for up to $2000 to be used to make a greater positive impact in their areas.

Master Beekeeper Certification Committee.

    • Creates the education standards for teaching beekeeping in Washington State.
    • A three level education program to educate beekeepers that includes testing and certification.

Work with the State Legislature to promote beekeeping and laws that are appropriate.

    • Sponsored SB 6402 to recognize honey bee products and services as an agricultural product.
    • Spearheaded tax exemptions for commercial beekeepers. The exemption provides a business and occupation (B&O) tax and sales/use tax exemption for eligible apiarists. The exemptions will expire on July 1, 2017.

Work with the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

    • Protection of honey bees from misuse of pesticides.
    • Worked with WSDA to recreate the Apiary Advisory Committee (AAC).
    • This freed up funds to start the WSU Honey Bee Diagnostics Lab.
    • Work each year with WSDA to authorize “section 18” miticide treatments for Washington State beekeepers.

Work closely with WSU.

    • Queen rearing program that provides SMR queens to local associations.
    • Scholarships to WSU students each year.
    • Master Beekeeper Certification Committee consultation.
    • Periodic educational field days.

Scholarship funds to support college level students enhancing opportunities to advance beekeeping knowledge.

    • P.F. “Roy” Thurber Scholarship; in memory of Roy who did so much to educate beekeepers and influence research around the US and Canada.
    • Alvina Timmons Scholarship; helps fund further study and research at Washington State University (WSU) on honey bees in memory of John Timmon’s wife.
    • Carl VanWechel Scholarship; provides funding for research projects that would benefit beekeepers in Washington.


Sponsor the Washington State Beekeeping Conference in conjunction with local beekeeping associations. Also coordinates the Northwest Corner Beekeeping Conference with Oregon attracting national and international honey bee researchers and hundreds of interested people.