Bill Proposes Pesticide Ban

SALEM, Ore. — Legislators in Salem are looking to make some major changes in order to preserve bee populations — including a potential ban on some popular pesticides. The House of Representatives is currently looking at five bills aimed at protecting pollinators. Most do things like fund education programs or research, and set rules for … Continue reading »

Oregon Honey Festival

ASHLAND, Ore. — The very first Oregon Honey Festival was held Saturday in Ashland. The event at the Ashland Springs Hotel featured 21 vendors from all over the state. Many vendors had samples of their honey along with other honey-based products. In addition to samples, some provided useful information about bee keeping. Some at the … Continue reading »

High Loss Rate of Oregon Bees

MEDFORD, Ore. — Oregon State University released a recent survey stating that Oregon honeybees are dying so fast and in such large numbers that some bee keepers could be forced out of business. The study shows that 21 percent of commercial honeybee hives in Oregon did not survive last winter. Some of the most common … Continue reading »

Bee Symposium in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Beekeepers from all over the country are gathering in the Rogue Valley for a beekeeping summit, and local experts say it couldn’t come at a better time. For many, it begins as a hobby – that’s how Mark Sievert got into beekeeping about a year ago. Then, something happened. “I believe the … Continue reading »