WSBA 2016 legislative agendaThe Honey Bee Work Group was mandated by the 2013 legislature and convened by the Washington State Department of Agriculture to include representatives from beekeepers, tree fruit growers and seed producers.
Reports and Handouts:
The work of the legislatively-mandated statewide Honey Bee Work Group is now complete. The group met for more than a year, gathering data and presenting a comprehensive report on issues facing bees and beekeepers in Washington State. The full report with recommendations can be found at:
REPORT: HONEYBEES NEED FEED; HUMANS NEED EDUCATION. Don Jenkins, Capital Press, 1/6/15
Washington’s Honey Bee Work Group recommends improving forage to help bees survive and thrive. Legislature-commissioned report puts emphasis in restoring forage to revive health of honeybee colonies in Washington.
Helping Washington State Bees and Beekeepers — This flyer reviews the issues and where WSBA is asking for legislative support.
- Increasing bee forage across the state.
- Incorporating honeybee and pollinator concerns into the noxious weed board listing and control efforts.
- Increasing research into Varroa mite control, honeybee genetics and issues of increased forage.
- Designating beekeepers as farmers for tax purposes.
- Funding a more comprehensive bee lab at WSU, and hiring two full-time positions there.