The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments on how a federal standard of identity for honey would be in the interest of consumers, the honey industry, and U.S. agriculture.
A document published in the Federal Register on Wednesday says comments must be received within 390 days.
The 2014 Farm Bill charged Agriculture Secretary Vilsack with developing a report describing the advantages of a federal standard of identity for honey.
VBA is working with the UVM Extension to promote the use of more pollinator plants that would enhance food resources for honeybees and other wild pollinators. As part of this initiative, the VBA would like to promote hay and pasture crops that are more ‘bee friendly’ without sacrificing forage quality that dairy and other livestock farmers are dependent upon. However, there is a need to conduct field trials on farms to actually determine the feasibility of various mixtures and management practices that would help the VBA meet these goals while dairy livestock farmers still meet their feed goals. Read more about the project here:
We recently submitted a final report for a two-year grant from the USDA and the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. The first year helped us to pay some of the cost for our members to attend the Eastern Apicultural Society annual conference held in Burlington in August of 2012. The second year enabled us to launch our Mobile Mentor program.
VBA Members: You now have the option of checking the status of your membership account, updating your membership information and renewing your membership in the Vermont Beekeepers Association online.
It's easy. Simply login to the site as you normally would and look under the User Menu on the right sidebar of the site's front page. You'll see a few new options:
State Apiculturalist Steve Parise has confirmed that Zombie Fly Apocephalus borealis has been detected here in Vermont. This fly is native to North America. This fly attacks its host by injecting eggs into the abdomen; the emerging fly larva eats the insides of its host. This results in "Zombie" like behavior of the host.
The honey bee sampling was taken from an observant beekeeper in Burlngton. The affected honey bees were sent to San Francisco State University for testing. John Hafernik, a researcher and professor of biology at San Francisco State University has started a website tracking the discovery of infected honey bees in the United Stated. "Zombee Watch"
A Burlington Free Press article was recently published about the Vermont beekeeper and his experience in detecting the Zombie Fly. Killer 'zombie fly' maggots found in Vermont honeybees
For additional information about Apocephalus borealis, please click this link: Apocephalus borealis
The Connecticut Beekeepers Association and Wicwas Press are co-sponsoring the Southern New England Beekeepers Assembly 2013.
This year's conference is being held in Groton, CT on Saturday November 23th, 2013.
This will be an all day event (8:00am - 6:00 pm), which will include current research and practical information in lecture and panel discussion form.
Speakers include Phil Craft, Gary Reuter and Dr. Larry Connor
If you are interested to learn more about this upcoming event, please visit the SNEBA website.