The ACBA wrapped up the 2017 season with potluck party paled in comparison only by the excellent presentation of VT State Apiarist, David Tremblay. They engaged in six field workshops (April-September) attended on average by 15- 20 beekeepers ranging from 0 to 5+ winterings. They were led by four folks (Chas Mraz, Andrew Munkres, Scott Wilson, Fred Putnam) the latter of which is the newest Vermont Certified Beekeeper. There were also four indoor workshops or speakers. In all, there have been 10 well attended monthly events. The ACBA hosted the VBA 2017 summer meeting with great positive feedback from the attendees. The FB page is active with many folks providing information relative to local and international beekeeper practices. Looking forward to 2018.
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!
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
Location:Mildred Livak Ballroom, Davis Student Center, University of Vermont
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.
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.
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
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