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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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New Vermont State Bee Inspector

Exciting news: During the recent VBA Winter Meeting, Secretary Ross from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture introduced Vermont's new state bee inspector, David Tremblay.  This position was recently filled with the retirement of the previous inspector Steve Parise in December 2015. 

Please welcome David to our state beekeeping family when you have the opportunity to meet him.

Secretary Ross also announced the state's Apiary Inspection Program will continue to have a seasonal part time inspector that will be assisting David Tremblay throughout the beekeeping season.

The state inspector's contact information can be found on the VBA website under the Resources Tab. 

Click this link:  State Inspector

As required by The Vermont Statutes, Title 6, Chapter 172, it is the duty of every person having one or more colonies of bees in their possession or under their control to report the location of such colonies. It is essential that apiary inspectors know the locations of all colonies of bees in Vermont in order to effectively control honey bee diseases and pests.

Vermont Farm Show

We had another successful booth at this year's Vermont Farm Show at the Essex Junction Fairgrounds.  Our booth is focused on public outreach and education around Vermont Honey and Honeybees, offering handouts and educational material to the public.  We also raffled off a beginner beekeeping course for one individual. 

This year we were able to have the Honey Show contest entries beside our booth, helping display our wonderful Vermont honey.  Thank you to all of the Vermont beekeepers who entered the honey show contest.  This was our most successful honey show for participation, with around 50 total entries for the various honey categories and cookery contest.  We hope to keep growing the honey show for next year.  Congratulations to this year's winners!

 

Farm Show 2016-   Honey Show 2016-

 

The success of our Farm Show booth is due to the generosity of our members who donate their time to help staff the booth.  We owe a big thank you to Paul Yanus for helping organize this year's booth, in addition to numerous volunteers:

David Prior, Lynn Miles, Peter Reynolds, Richard Roy, Al Zelley, Lisa Newton, Danielle Hogan, Anne Bowers, Barb Saunders, Mike Crowely, Luck Maccormick, Ron Bartemy, Michelle Rauch, Hugh Gibson, Candace Pratt and Seamus Walch.

Please thank these members for their generosity.

Franklin County Field Days

Members of the Franklin County Beekeepers Club set up a booth at this year's Franklin County Field Days in Swanton, VT.   For four days, the booth created a wonderful interaction with the public, offering honey tastings, educational videos and an observation hive.  The club members were great ambassodors, helping edcuate visitors about honey and beekeeping here in Vermont.

Franklin County Field Days 1   Franklin County Field Days 2

 

 

 

 

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.

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