This is the official website for the Oregon State Beekeepers Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the well-being of honey bees and to the fields of beekeeping, apiculture, research, and education.
We are a diverse bunch of individuals who share a fascination for the honey bee and its workings. Our members range from full-time beekeepers and pollinators with thousands of colonies to hobbyists involved in backyard beekeeping. Some members do not even keep bees, but are fascinated by the six legs and four wings of the insect we call Apis mellifera.
This website offers opportunities for visitors, whether members or not, to learn about the organization, communicate with one another, and become acquainted with the products and services we offer. Those who visit can ask questions, join discussions with beekeepers on the message board, review the organization's constitution, bylaws, and past newsletters, find the time and location of local beekeeper association meetings, and learn about upcoming beekeeping events and classes.
If you can't find what you are looking for, please contact the webkeeper, and we will do what we can to provide you the information you need.
As you begin to explore the site, please take a moment to read Eric Mussen's invitation to participate in the national survey sponsored by the Bee Informed Partnership. The deadline for responses to this year's Winter Loss and Management Survey has been extended to April 30. You can also view information about the Bee Informed Partnership directly as well as provide input to the 2013 Survey now!
Among the wealth of books for beekeepers these days is a recent release, Honey-Maker: How the Honey Bee Worker Does What She Does . This is a book that focuses on the worker and her amazing accomplishments both inside and outside the beehive. Can a beekeeper find value in a book about the honey bee worker rather than beekeeping? Perhaps! As we become more familiar with the workings of the honey bee colony, we may better understand the potential impacts of our practices, gain a more-solid base from which to make decisions regarding our options for management, and find even greater appreciation, fascination, and respect for this small insect we know as honey bee. Honey-Maker not only brings together currently available research but also translates it into language that is understandable even for those new to beekeeping. The text stands as a resource to return to again and again; it is richly illustrated and abundantly supported by a glossary, index, and list of references for review. Now available at Ruhl Bee Supply, Wallace Books and Annie Bloom's Books in Portland, and Beargrass Press ( www.beargrasspress.com ), it can also be ordered by sending a check or money order, made payable to Beargrass Press, for $19.95 plus $3 shipping and handling to 4207 SE Woodstock Blvd, Ste 517, Portland OR 97206.
As most of you know, EPA has approved our request for Section 18 emergency use of amitraz (Apivar strips) for Varroa mite control in honey bee colonies in Oregon. The initial approval was made on November 15, but for numerous reasons, we were not able to finalize the label until now. Anyway, I am pleased to be able to now provide a copy of the approved label for Oregon. This is a supplemental label that is to be distributed with product sold into Oregon. Also attached are copies of the original EPA Section 18 approval letter and an amendment to clarify language. (Full disclosure: It will be necessary for us to ask EPA for a second amendment, but that will not affect the label.) Information from the US registration agent on product availability: We have appointed following four distributors. Since the first shipments will be received by Mann Lake and Dadant during the week of December 17, we expect they should make the products available right after the Christmas or the New Year. - Mann Lake, MN - Dadant & Sons, IL - Brushy Mountain, NC - Walter T. Kelly, KY The product is packaged in containers of 10 strips each, and it's my understanding that the first shipment is about 79,000 of these packages. Please let me know if you have any questions. Sincerely yours, David L. Priebe State Registration Specialist Pesticides Division Oregon Department of Agriculture.
The Oregon Master Beekeeper Program
The Oregon Master Beekeeper Program represents a cooperative effort between Oregon State University and the Oregon State Beekeepers Association to contribute to both the health of honey bee colonies and the integrity of the practice of beekeeping throughout the region. The program is designed to address three levels, the first of which, the Certified Apprentice Beekeeper, began in early 2012. Planning continues for the Journey Beekeeper and Master Beekeeper levels.
When placed or renewed, your ad will appear at orsba.org until February 2013. Ads are priced at $4 per listing in each category for OSBA members and $6 per category for non OSBA members. Please check the categories you want to be listed in below and include text you want to be displayed in your ad. Make check payable to Oregon State Beekeepers Association and mail to: Thom Trusewicz, OSBA, 90041 Logan Rd, Astoria OR 97103. Thank you for your support. The Web Ads are the revenue source that keeps the OSBA web page on the Internet.
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Please include your company name and contact info and information you want to run in your ads.
Swarm Call List
Placement on the Swarm Call List is a benefit of membership in the Oregon State Beekeepers Association. The Swarm Call List is emptied each year to ensure that all listings are current. Thus, a request to be added to the list must be made each year.