Vermont Beekeepers Association

Who We Are and What We Do

Vermont Beekeepers AssociationSince 1886 the VBA has promoted the general welfare of Vermont's Honey Industry, while sustaining a friendly body of unity among the state's beekeepers.  

The Vermont Beekeepers Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, represents hundreds of beekeepers that raise bees for the love and honey. We’re as diverse as the 246 towns in Vermont, but are unified in our fascination with and affection for bees. Most of us are hobbyists, but there are some “side liners” who try to make a bit of extra income from their 25-200 hives as well as a handful of full-time professionals. Join Today!

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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.