Vermont State Apiculturist Steve Parise goes into the hives and shows beekeepers how to identify diseases at the recent VBA Summer Meeting in Franklin County.
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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.
"Another half inch to an inch of rain fell overnight in much of Vermont, keeping things very wet"..."Rain makes mush of Vermont strawberry crop - Burlington Free Press"..."Rain has Vermont rivers rising - WCAX.COM"...
So how are your bees doing? VBA members can join the discussion on our forums as Scott Wilson answers a question posed by new beekeeper Lindsey Simanskas about whether the bees need to be fed. (Login required.)
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.