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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Vermont Beekeepers Association - 2013 Summer Meeting Agenda
BFA Fairfax High School, Fairfax, VT
June 22nd, 2013

8:45 - Setup, Registration
9:15 - Welcome - President Chas Mraz
9:20 - Bee Inspector's Report, Steve Parise, VT Agency of Agriculture

  • Apiary Statistics report

10:00 - Morning Session – Gary Reuter, University of Minnesota Varroa Life Cycle and Control
11:20 - Presentation of Vermont Beekeeper of the Year Award – Michael Willard
11:30 - Business Meeting

  • Membership Report – Steve Silverman
  • Secretary’s Report - Michael Willard
  • Treasurer’s Report – Steve Silverman
  • Certification Committee – Bill Mares
  • Librarian’s Report - Curtis Middleton
  • Website Report – Greg Smela
  • Apiary Committee Report – Bill Mares (Hives at Intervale)
  • Fair Committee – Bill Mares/Doug Ouellette (Tunbridge World’s Fair)
  • Shelburne Farms Grant Request – Steve Silverman

12:00 - Lunch (Hive Inspections outside w/ Steve Parise)
1:00 - Afternoon Session – Gary Reuter, University of Minnesota Queen rearing/selection/breeding/hygienic behavior
2:30 - Mobile Mentor Beekeeper’s Program - Update, Kim Greenwood
2:40 - VT Legislative proposal update - Colony Registration Fees – Kim Greenwood, Bill Mares, Chas Mraz, Patrick Drugan
3:15 - Local Clubs Update
3:20 - Announce Winners of Silent Auction
3:30 - Adjourn meeting.
3:40 - Certification testing and grading – Bill Mares, Michael Willard, Kim Greenwood

(A PDF file of the agenda is available here.)