COLLEGE PARK, Md.-- A University of Maryland doctoral candidate in the Department of Entomology, Samuel Ramsey, has been named both the Judge’s First Place and People’s Choice award winners in the annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) contest, sponsored by Universitas 21 (U21), a global network of leading research universities. The contest challenges graduate students to communicate the significance of their research to a non-specialist audience in three minutes.
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.
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It is with sad news that we announce the passing of long time beekeeper and VBA member John Tardie. John was a passionate beekeeper and served on the VBA Board of Directors for many years. John was known for being the go to person for honey bee extractions from structures and buildings, he was always at the ready with his bee vac. He was also very helpful to new beekeepers by selling select beekeeping supplies and renting honey extraction equipment. If you knew John, please take a moment to reflect on his life and contributions to the VBA.
Bill Mares Wrote:
"John Tardie sold me my first beekeeping equipment 45 years ago. He was a strong supporter of the Vermont Beekeepers Association and President of the Eastern Apicultural Society in 1980, when that group brought almost 600 people to UVM for its summer conference. Vermont beekeepers will miss him."
See more at: John Tardie Obituary
The massive increase in U.S. honey bee colony losses in the last decade has prompted a comprehensive examination of colony health in apiaries throughout the United States. Known as the National Honey Bee Survey (NHBS), the effort is a collaboration between the USDA Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) out of the University of Maryland (UMD), the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the cooperation of 40 states, two territories (Puerto Rico and Guam), and the island nation of Grenada.
To read the full article on Bee Culture's website; see photos and graphs, click here: The National Honey Bee Survey In Vermont
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Check out the recent article posted by Bee Culture Magazine, highlighting the great work of Bill Mares and Ross Conrad as they capture the history of Beekeeping in Vermont
"The Story of One State’s Beekeeping History – How some Vermont beekeepers are going about it and why you should consider publishing a history of beekeeping in your state – By Bill Mares and Ross Conrad"
As many of you may have noticed, the VBA website has been in the process of being updated recently. Some of the changes included installing a new user membership application to replace the one that had been in use for several years, which was no longer supported. The installation, transfer and testing of the new software has resulted in some erroneous notifications being sent, informing members that their renewals were due soon, when they had already been paid. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.
We also experienced some bugs with membership login as well as the forums page. We believe to have most of these bugs fixed. If you experience any additional challenges, please continue to let us know so we may fix any outstanding issues and make your experience with the VBA website be as enjoyable as it can be. We appreciate your patience while our website is upgraded.