Vermont Beekeepers Association

Who We Are and What We Do

Vermont Beekeepers AssociationSince 1886 the VBA has promoted the general welfare of Vermont's Honey Industry, while sustaining a friendly body of unity among the state's beekeepers.  

The Vermont Beekeepers Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, represents hundreds of beekeepers that raise bees for the love and honey. We’re as diverse as the 246 towns in Vermont, but are unified in our fascination with and affection for bees. Most of us are hobbyists, but there are some “side liners” who try to make a bit of extra income from their 25-200 hives as well as a handful of full-time professionals. Join Today!

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VBA Winter Meeting

Our winter VBA meeting is quickly approaching and the agenda is being finalized.  It will again be part of the Vermont Farm Show and will be held on January 30, 2018
**There is one change to where we are meeting.  
The new location is on the second floor of the Miller Expo Centre:
Miller North Conference Room A&B**

The meeting location is:
Champlain Valley Exposition
Blue Ribbon Pavilion
105 Pearl St. Essex Junction, VT 05452
Vermont Farm Show

Our Keynote speaker will be Peter Vichos from Kemptville, Ontario.  Peter is a third generation beekeeper who manages 1400 colonies and sells honey in Canada, the US and the European Union.  
Plan to join your fellow Vermont beekeepers for an enjoyable and informative day.  More information will follow with the full schedule and agenda.

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Nucs,Packages, and Queens

The VBA Board is developing a list of suppliers that can provide Nucs, Packages, and Queens available for sale to Vermont Beekeepers. If you provide these services please send an email to membership@vermontbeekeepers.org. Please include your Name, Address, Business Name, Phone, Email, Website and which service you provide. This information will be published on the VBA web and Facebook page and will be made available to members attending the 2018 Winter meeting. This list does not constitute an endorsement of any one supplier by the VBA but is instead being offered as a service to the VBA membership. Please have your information sent by 12/31/17.

Home Sick: Effects of Migratory Beekeeping on Honey Bee Disease

A group of UVM researchers are collaborating with a local beekeeper to study the role of migratory beekeeping in bee disease. Crop pollination by migratory beekeeping operations presents a highly concentrated convergence of bees where diseases may be transmitted and spread as hives are transported throughout the US. To test if migratory operations contribute to the spread of disease, they are planning to conduct an experiment and need your help! They are crowdfunding to raise money for this important project.

The Vermont Beekeepers Association has committed to helping fund this important and valuable research with a $500.00 donation.  If you would be interested to find out more information about their proposal and help support this effort, please click the link below.

Research Project

Tools For Varroa Management

A Guide To Effective Varroa Sampling & Control

The Honey Bee Health Coalition has released a reference guide to help beekeepers sample and control varroa mite levels in their colonies.  Now that we are in the month of August, the traditional treatment month for Vermont beekeepers, the relase of this reference guide is very timely. 

Click Here to Download: Tools For Varroa Management

The Caffinated Lives of Bees

Caffeine improves learning and memory in bees, as it does in people. Scientists know that. But, one might wonder, what do these laboratory findings mean in terms of the actual lives of bees? It’s not as if a flower meadow is sprinkled with coffee shops.

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HopGuard II Approved For Use in Vermont

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has received approval from the EPA for the sale and use of HopGuard II in Vermont.  HopGuard II offers a relatively benign method of varroa control that can be used throughout the beekeeping season, following the manufacturers recommendations and directions.

HopGuard II is a product produced by BetaTec Hop Products.

The national distributor of HopGuard II is Mann Lake Ltd.  Please visit their website to learn more or to place an order.

This video by BetaTec shows how HopGuard II is applied to a hive.  See Video

 

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