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VBA Supports Apiary Fee

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. 

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Bee Forage Network

BeeForage.com is a free crowd-mapping service based on the Open Source Ushahidi crisis-mapping platform that will graphically present local forage conditions in a manner similar to pollen reports during hayfever season. Local observers - like weather spotters - will report flora in bloom and update the site from their smartphones or tablets in realtime. The mapped data will be available for viewing online as it is entered.

Pesticides in Vermont Pollen

In 2012, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM), conducted a preliminary study to investigate whether we could determine levels of pesticides in pollen as delivered to the hive by honey bees. Pollen traps, which scrape pollen off of the bees as they return to the hive, were used in this study to collect pollen for pesticide analysis. This technique makes it possible to determine what pesticides the bees are actually eating, since pollen is the major protein source for bees.

Read about the study here.

New Beekeeper? Help is Here!

VBA has secured a grant to help expand our educational and mentoring programs!  Classroom learning is great, and VBA has a fine in-hive education program at the Intervale, but what about looking in your own hives? It can be very confusing at first.

With this program, beekeepers of any experience level can contact the Mobile Mentors and request an in-hive apiary visit to help them with what they are seeing in their own hives. The Mobile Mentor will do a full inspection and talk you through any questions that you have.

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