Oregon State Beekeepers Association

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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.

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.

Emergency exemption for use of HopGuard II

The EPA has approved our request to amend the FIFRA Section 18 emergency exemption for use of hop beta acids to control Varroa mites in honey bee colonies during 2014 in Oregon. This amendment authorizes use of the new HopGuard formulation, HopGuard II, manufactured by BetaTec Hop Products.


How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides

PNW 591

Pacific Northwest Extension Publication PNW 591

Michael Babbitt mbabbitt@oda.state.or.us is seeking if any beekeeper has/knows of a currently active colony of bumble bees in OR? They are seeking about a quart of bumble bees to facilitate their analysis of bumble bees collected this past June in conjunction with the Wilsonville and Hillsboro bee death events. Please contact Mr Babbitt of ODA Pesticides Division ASAP if you could help them locate a colony. Telephone 503 986-4698 . Thank you

Bee Killing Pesticide Petition

Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who is one of the leading environmental champions in Congress has introduced legislation that would restrict the use of bee-killing pesticides. For more information Rep Earl Blumenauer petiton request.pdf

More articles:


BEE Culture Blog Pesticide Causes Massive Bumble Bee Massacre DMCaron.pdf

Oregon Department of Agriculture

Oregon Department of Agriculture News Release 6.21.13

Oregon Department of Agriculture News Release 6.27.13

In addition, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has set up website with Pollinator Protection Information and Resources

The Oregonian

25,000 bumblebees killed, dropping from trees in Wilsonville; pesticide suspected Elizabeth Case, June 19, 2013 at 4:24 PM

An estimated 25,000 bumblebees have been found dead in a Target parking lot in Wilsonville since Saturday, the largest known incident of bumblebee deaths in the United States, according to the Xerces Society. Preliminary information suggests pesticides may be at fault.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture received reports of bees and other insects falling out of 55 blooming European linden trees Monday from the Xerces Society

Insecticide Safari confirmed in deaths of 25,000 bees in Wilsonville Elizabeth Case, June 21, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Officials in the Oregon Department of Agriculture have confirmed the insecticide Safari caused the deaths of 25,000 bumblebees in Wilsonville this week.

The plant division of the department is covering the 55 poisoned European linden trees with netting today in an attempt read more...

Bee deaths a result of pesticide Safari; count upped to 50,000 dead insects Elizabeth Case, June 21, 2013 at 5:16 PM

As the estimate of dead bees rose to 50,000, the Oregon Department of Agriculture confirmed the insecticide Safari caused the deaths in a Wilsonville earlier this week. A landscaping company sprayed 55 linden trees in a Target parking lot to control for aphids, said Dan Hilburn, the plants division director at the department of agriculture. They bees have been dropping from trees since the spraying on Saturday.

Aphids produce honeydew, a sticky liquid that can drip off onto cars or pedestrians. A Target representative said by email that read more...

After 50,000 dead bees found in Wilsonville, more dead bees discovered in Hillsboro Aimee Green, June 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM

The City of Hillsboro and the Oregon Department of Agriculture are investigating the deaths of what could be hundreds of bees in downown Hillsboro over the past few days.

The city notified state agricultural officials and the Xerces Society Friday. The kill-off is more alarming because its discovery comes after read more...

State investigating death of 'hundreds' of bees in Hillsboro days after 50,000 found in Wilsonville Andrew Theen, June 24, 2013 at 4:16 PM

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is investigating what caused the deaths of hundreds of bees in Hillsboro just days after an estimated 50,000 dead bumblebees were discovered in a Wilsonville parking lot.

Hillsboro alerted the state after discovering hundreds of dead bees under a linden tree in downtown Hillsboro on Friday. State agricultural officials took samples from the tree read more...

State's probe of bee die-offs should shed light on pesticide use The Oregonian Editorial Board, June 25, 2013 at 5:42 PM

The recent discovery by shoppers of 50,000 dead bumblebees in a Target parking lot was pure B-movie material, as if the sky had rained death. But the carcasses were especially concentrated beneath some 55 European linden trees recently treated to resist infestations of aphids, which issue the clear sticky liquid droplets that can mar windshields and perhaps a satisfying shopping experience.

Bee carcasses were collected and cut open by

Insecticide temporarily banned by Oregon Department of Agriculture after 50,000 bumblebees die in Wilsonville Elizabeth Case, June 27, 2013 at 4:05 PM

In response to a massive bumblebee die-off blamed on pesticides, the Oregon Department of Agriculture issued a temporary restriction Thursday on 18 insecticides with the active ingredient dinotefuran.

An estimated 50,000 bees and other insects died in read more...

Beekeeping Book Authored by Bee Line Editor - Rosanna Mattingly

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.


More information may be found at www.oregonmasterbeekeeper.org and questions can be emailed to info@oregonmasterbeekeeper.org.

Web Ads


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.  



See a contact list by location of beekeepers who collect swarms of honeybees.


See a contact list of beekeepers who provide pollination services.


Download the the Farm Direct Rules PDF daoument.


Download the OSBA Membership form.


Download the Oregon Dept of Agriculture Hive Registration form.


View or download the Endowment Agreement with Oregon State University.


View instructions for donating to the OSU Endowment for the Northwest Apiculture Fund for Honey Bee Research, Extension and Education.

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