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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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Mite Away Quick Strips Approved for VT

State Apiculturist Steve Parise sends this news:

“The NOD Apiaries product MAQS (Mite Away Quick Strips) are now approved for use in VT.  Please read and follow all label directions and precautions. MannLakeis shipping the product intoVermont, and other companies should begin to offer the product soon, if not already.  There are a couple of big advantages for this product.  First, it can be used even during a honey flow, without removing supers; and second, the bees chew up the “strips”, so no need to re-open the hives to remove the treatment, as with the former Mite-Away pads.”

Purchasing Nucs/Hives from out of state?

This is just a reminder to all Vermont beekeepers regarding the purchase of NUCS/HIVES from out of state.  Any bees on comb, coming from outside VT must have a Health Certificate or Inspection Certificate indicating that they are apparently free of AFB, usually supplied by the Ag department of the state of origin.  This certificate/inspection paperwork must be sent to me within 72 hours of their arrival in VT. Please contact Steve Parise (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if you have any questions.”

Beekeeping Recordings Now Available

ABF_10_Affiniscape_HeaderVBA Member Chaz Mraz attended the 2011 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow in Galveston and tells us that several educational sessions were recorded as audio files during the conference and are now available on the 2011 conference Web site:

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Winter Bee Losses...

Aaarrrgh. Today the temperature reached 60 degrees in our part of Addison County so we took the opportunity after work to check our hives only to find we had lost them all.

This was especially upsetting since only a few weeks ago - during the last warm spell they were fine... flying during a sunny day.

Since then we had some nasty weather, both snow and extreme cold. Three of the hives were filled with dead bees while the last was empty.

All four hives had plenty of honey and there is no sign of disease so perhaps the drastic weather change...

Anyway, please check out the latest unscientific poll on the front page asking about Winter Bee Loss and send us your stories for inclusion here.

And we'll just start over, putting our plans on expansion on hold, and try again!