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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.

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.

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

 

 

 

 

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

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