Oregon State Beekeepers Association

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OSBA's Booth at the Oregon State Fair

The state fair is finally here. Check out OSBA's 2014 booth. It looks fantastic! If you're going to the fair, stop by and say hi!

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Sudden late-spring colony loss by Dewey M. Caron

There's been a lot of discussion by beekeepers and some discussion by media around the late-spring colony loss in Clackamas County. Get Dr. Dewey Caron's take on the late-spring colony loss that occurred in Sandy/Estacada area of Clackamas County.

In mid-June there was a sudden loss of adult bees in several different apiaries in the Sandy/Estacada area of Clackamas County. In one instance the bees were in a top bar hive, in another a Warré hive and in the other two, bees were in Langstroth hives established on foundation from packages, and/or nuc purchases from different suppliers. The top bar hive was the only hive at the beekeepers residence but in the other 3 instances other hives in the same location did not have similar losses and in fact were doing OK.

Read the entire article here.

Help Out at the OSBA Booth at the Oregon State Fair!

Message from Trevor Riches, Event Coordinator

The State Fair is just around the corner and once again we are asking for volunteers to man the booth during the 10 days of the Fair. Your time, whatever you can spare, would be greatly appreciated.

We are in need of volunteers for Labor Day Weekend. We especially need volunteers for the:

  • 6pm time slot on Monday, August 25th
  • 2pm time slot on Friday, August 29
  • 6pm time slot on Friday, August 29
  • 2pm time slot on Monday, September 1
  • 6pm time slot on Monday, September 1

Don't think you have enough experience? You know more than you think! Join us, and share your love of bees with your fellow Oregonians.

Sign Up to Volunteer Here!

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


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 Farm Direct Rules PDF document.


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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