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Thoughts about beekeeping and beekeepers in Vermont along with links to local and national stories of interest. While most articles are public, VBA members who login to the site will have access to additional articles and features.

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VBA community

Written by Henry.

As a new an aspiring beekeeper, I wanted to give a shout out of thanks to Robbie Stuart. With a new hive schedule a week plus ahead of the bees, we were looking forward to learning the hard way. It got harder, as the hive did not show. Thanks to Robbie for a loaner hive and giving us the mentoring we needed but did not ask for. Our one hive is doing good so far, we'll see what the year brings.

Thanks Robbie!

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VBA Supports Apiary Fee

Written by Kim Greenwood.

by Kim Greenwood, VBA President

On Saturday June 22, the Vermont Beekeepers Association voted unanimously to support a VBA Board-supported joint proposal between the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and VBA.  You can view the proposal here. 

The proposal calls for an annual $10/apiary location fee.  It is estimated that that would raise $20,000 per year.  Of that, $9,000 would go to the Agency to support Steve Parise's current work.  The remainder (estimated at $11,000) would be granted to VBA to hire a supplemental inspector for the summer months to work under Steve's guidance.