Bee Advocates to Appear in Court Tuesday

MEDFORD, Ore. — Local beekeepers are taking Jackson County to court to defend a tax credit that they say is being stripped away. Local advocates will appear in Salem Tuesday to defend the farm special assessment, which allows homeowners to get property tax breaks for commercial farming on their land. Bee advocates say the county … Continue reading »

Ashland Beekeepers Face Permit Ordinance

ASHLAND, Ore. — Head to Ashland and you might notice some little buzzing boxes. Live next door to one, like Ashland resident Sha Ashworth, and you might notice them a lot. “It’s quite noticeable, my daughter was actually stung by a bee a week or two ago,” Sha said. The ordinance was originally designed with … Continue reading »

Wildfire Smoke Has Beekeepers Worried

GOLD HILL, Ore. — Unhealthy smoke levels are putting already struggling bee colonies at big risk. Beekeepers say unless they take special precautions, they could lose as much as 80% of their livestock. Experts say honeybees naturally prepare to flee from wildfires. When they see smoke, they stop foraging for food and instead gorge on … Continue reading »