Honey production in 2014 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 178 million pounds, up 19 percent from 2013. There were 2.74 million colonies producing honey in 2014, up 4 percent from 2013. Yield per colony averaged 65.1 pounds, up 15 percent from the 56.6 pounds in 2013. Colonies which produced honey in more than one State were counted in each State where the honey was produced. Therefore, at the United States level yield per colony may be understated, but total production would not be impacted. Colonies were not included if honey was not harvested. Producer honey stocks were 41.2 million pounds on December 15, 2014, up 8 percent from a year earlier. Stocks held by producers exclude those held under the commodity loan program.
The Capitol City Farmers' Market is currently looking for Honey Vendors for the 2015 season.
If you are interested, please contact Carolyn Grodinsky at 802.223.2958 for additional information and details.
The Burlington Farmer's Market is looking for honey vendors for this year's Farmers' Market. There is currently one honey vendor at the market, however the market manager has received multiple requests for additional honey vendors. On average the Burlington Farmers' Market has a customer base of over 10,000 that walk through on a busy Saturday.
The Secretary of Agriculture Food, and Markets shall evaluate whether the use or application of the pesticides imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, dinotefuran, or any other member of the nitro group of neonicotinoid pesticides is safe and not harmful to human health or the health of bees and other pollinators in the State.
This report was recently released by the Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets - January 27, 2015
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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