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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2018 Winter Meeting Agenda

VBA Winter Meeting Agenda

January 30th 2018

Location: Essex Junction Fairgrounds - Blue Ribbon Pavilion

Miller North Conference Rooms A & B

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8:30 AM Setup, registration

9:00 AM Welcome

9:10 AM Honey Contest winners Ron Bartemy

9:20 AM Bee inspector’s Report, Laura Johnson, VT Agency of Agriculture

9:40 Vermont Honey Bee Survey Samantha Alger

10:00 Keynote Presentation Peter Vichos, Kemptville Ontario

Managing Bees for Maximum Honey Production in Ontario, Canada

Peter Vichos is a third generation beekeeper from Kemptville, Ontario. Peter’s beekeeping history dates back to 1948 when his father started keeping bees for a living. Peter has been keeping bees since he was a teenager, working with his father while learning the ropes of a successful beekeeping business.In April of 1996 after quitting his job as an engineer, Peter purchased his first 400 colonies. At the same time, he was also helping his father (who was in the process of retiring) run his 300 colonies. Peter now manages around 1,400 colonies.Peter will be discussing the management techniques and skills he uses to manage his 1,400 colonies. He is not a migratory beekeeper; rather he keeps bees like most of us do. It has been said that Peter yields honey crops about 4 times our Vermont average.Peter sells his honey in bulk to various honey packers across Canada, the U.S., and the EU.

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Looking for Nucs, Packages, and Queens?

If you are looking for honeybees nucs, packages, or queens there is a list of suppliers in the VBA forums. This list is an effort to help beekeepers reduce the amount of time searching for suppliers. The VBA does not endorse any supplier but instead is providing this list as a service to the membership. The information listed is as it was provided by the supplier.

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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