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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Save the Dates........VBA 2018 State meeting plan

Please mark your calendars for January 30, 2018, as the date for the VBA Winter meeting at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds (in conjunction with the Vermont Farm Show) and June 23, 2018, at Missisquoi Valley Union High School, Swanton.  Speakers are being lined up and breakout sessions are in development. Samuel Ramsey is one of the planned Summer presenters. His current research regarding the feeding methods of Varroa is intriguing and exciting. 

 

Honey Bees: Good News!...a talk by Dr. Dewey Caron

Honey Bees: Good News!

Colony Collapse Disorder, Varroa mites, pesticides, imported honey flooding our markets – it seems there is lots of BAD news about bees -- but there is plenty of good news too such as simple sampling/management for sustainable mite control, effective individual efforts toward protecting bees from pesticides and lots of new beekeepers producing  local-sourced pure honey. Let's celebrate some of the GOOD NEWS about honey bees and their backyard culture.

Date: Wednesday, October 25th 2017

Time: 7pm-9pm

Location:Mildred Livak Ballroom, Davis Student Center, University of Vermont 

  • There is no charge for this event and parking is free.
  • Sponsored by: The Department of Plant and Soil Science Raymond Fund and The UVM Beekeepers.

Home Sick: Effects of Migratory Beekeeping on Honey Bee Disease

A group of UVM researchers are collaborating with a local beekeeper to study the role of migratory beekeeping in bee disease. Crop pollination by migratory beekeeping operations presents a highly concentrated convergence of bees where diseases may be transmitted and spread as hives are transported throughout the US. To test if migratory operations contribute to the spread of disease, they are planning to conduct an experiment and need your help! They are crowdfunding to raise money for this important project.

The Vermont Beekeepers Association has committed to helping fund this important and valuable research with a $500.00 donation.  If you would be interested to find out more information about their proposal and help support this effort, please click the link below.

Research Project

Tools For Varroa Management

A Guide To Effective Varroa Sampling & Control

The Honey Bee Health Coalition has released a reference guide to help beekeepers sample and control varroa mite levels in their colonies.  Now that we are in the month of August, the traditional treatment month for Vermont beekeepers, the relase of this reference guide is very timely. 

Click Here to Download: Tools For Varroa Management

The Caffinated Lives of Bees

Caffeine improves learning and memory in bees, as it does in people. Scientists know that. But, one might wonder, what do these laboratory findings mean in terms of the actual lives of bees? It’s not as if a flower meadow is sprinkled with coffee shops.

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HopGuard II Approved For Use in Vermont

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has received approval from the EPA for the sale and use of HopGuard II in Vermont.  HopGuard II offers a relatively benign method of varroa control that can be used throughout the beekeeping season, following the manufacturers recommendations and directions.

HopGuard II is a product produced by BetaTec Hop Products.

The national distributor of HopGuard II is Mann Lake Ltd.  Please visit their website to learn more or to place an order.

This video by BetaTec shows how HopGuard II is applied to a hive.  See Video

 

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