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Workshop Reminder

This weekend kicks off the VBA Workshops at the north and south yards.

Plesae visit the Workshops page for location and directions on how to get there.

The north yard workshop is from 11:00am to 1:00pm and the south yard yard workshop is from 1:00-3:00pm.

Please visit the VBA Calendar for additional detail and information about the topics being covered for each of the workshops.

 

Vermont Pollinator Symposium Follow Up

Seven Days Article and recap of the conference:  How to Solve the Pollinator Problem

 

"Vermont has just held its first ever conference on beetles, bees and butterflies, to consider the threats that all pollinators face in Vermont. The conference was a response to President Obama’s directive to create a national strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators." VPR

Listen to Bill Mares commentary on VPR:  http://digital.vpr.net/post/mares-pollinators#stream/0

It was a great conference put on by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.  There were great presentations by the guest speakers who highlighted research and data about the challenges facing our native pollinators.  During the round table discussions there were wonderful ideas brought forward on ways to address the challenges our pollinators are facing.  The goal of the round table discussions were to develop a list of action items ANR could consider moving forward.  There were many galvanizing themes that came from these round table discussions.  One of the common discussion topics was promoting greater diversity of forage area, which helps promote pollinator health.

We are hopeful this was just the first step in a collaborative effort in the state for meaningful action to help our pollinators.  There is surely more to come and we expect VBA will be helping lead the way around this dicussion.

Thank you to Bill Mares, Paul Yanus and Michael Willard for attending the conference and representing VBA with an educational booth.

 

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.

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.

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