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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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 2012 Winter Meeting Agenda

 Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl St. Essex Junction

Tuesday January 24th, 2012

Blue Ribbon Pavilion (adjacent to the Miller Expo Center)

8:45 Setup, Registration, & Refreshments

9:15 Welcome – President Chas Mraz

9:30 Bee Inspector’s Report, Steve Parise, VT Dept. of Agriculture

9:45 Business Meeting

  • Secretary’s Report - Michael Willard
  • Treasurer’s Report - Rick Stoner
  • Membership Report - Valerie Wilson
  • Librarian’s Report - Curtis Middleton

Committee Reports

  • Apiary Committee - Bill Mares
  • Fair Committee - Doug Ouellette
  • Website Committee - Greg Smela
  • Certification Committee - Ross Conrad

10:15 Morning topic: "Thebenefits of within-colony genetic diversity"

Speaker: Dr. David Tarpy- Associate Professor and Extension Apiculturist, Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University.

11:15 ReportonEAS2012Bill Mares and EAS committee Meeting

12:00 LunchBringyourownorbring$,foodvendorswillbeoperatingat theshow.Unfortunatelythereare no facilities for potluck. 

1:00 Afternoon topic: "Thequality of commercially produced queens" 

Speaker: Dr. David Tarpy-Associate Professor and Extension Apiculturist, Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University

2:00 Open Topic/Show and Tell

3:15 Local Clubs Update

3:30 Adjourn