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VBA Website Update

As many of you may have noticed, the VBA website has been in the process of being updated recently. Some of the changes included installing a new user membership application to replace the one that had been in use for several years, which was no longer supported. The installation, transfer and testing of the new software has resulted in some erroneous notifications being sent, informing members that their renewals were due soon, when they had already been paid. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.

We also experienced some bugs with membership login as well as the forums page.  We believe to have most of these bugs fixed.  If you experience any additional challenges, please continue to let us know so we may fix any outstanding issues and make your experience with the VBA website be as enjoyable as it can be.  We appreciate your patience while our website is upgraded.

 

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VBA Winter Meeting - Save the Date

We hope everyone is doing well during the busy holiday season.  It’s hard to imagine we are only a few weeks away from our annual VBA Winter Meeting.  Like in years past, this year’s Winter Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Vermont Farm Show on Tuesday January 31st.  The Vermont Farm Show has graciously offered VBA a free space to host our meeting. 

The address for our meeting location is:
Champlain Valley Exposition
Blue Ribbon Pavilion
105 Pearl St. Essex Junction, VT 05452
http://www.vtfarmshow.com/

We are finalizing this year’s meeting agenda and will send out an update shorty.  Looking forward to seeing each of you at this year’s Winter Meeting.

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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

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 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.

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.