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Thoughts about beekeeping and beekeepers in Vermont along with links to local and national stories of interest. While most articles are public, VBA members who login to the site will have access to additional articles and features.

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Rain Rain Go Away!

Rain Rain Go Away!

"Another half inch to an inch of rain fell overnight in much of Vermont, keeping things very wet"..."Rain makes mush of Vermont strawberry crop - Burlington Free Press"..."Rain has Vermont rivers rising - WCAX.COM"...

So how are your bees doing? VBA members can join the discussion on our forums as Scott Wilson answers a question posed by new beekeeper Lindsey Simanskas about whether the bees need to be fed. (Login required.)

VBA Supports Apiary Fee

by Kim Greenwood, VBA President

On Saturday June 22, the Vermont Beekeepers Association voted unanimously to support a VBA Board-supported joint proposal between the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and VBA.  You can view the proposal here. 

The proposal calls for an annual $10/apiary location fee.  It is estimated that that would raise $20,000 per year.  Of that, $9,000 would go to the Agency to support Steve Parise's current work.  The remainder (estimated at $11,000) would be granted to VBA to hire a supplemental inspector for the summer months to work under Steve's guidance. 

Read more...

Bee Forage Network

BeeForage.com is a free crowd-mapping service based on the Open Source Ushahidi crisis-mapping platform that will graphically present local forage conditions in a manner similar to pollen reports during hayfever season. Local observers - like weather spotters - will report flora in bloom and update the site from their smartphones or tablets in realtime. The mapped data will be available for viewing online as it is entered.

Pesticides in Vermont Pollen

In 2012, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM), conducted a preliminary study to investigate whether we could determine levels of pesticides in pollen as delivered to the hive by honey bees. Pollen traps, which scrape pollen off of the bees as they return to the hive, were used in this study to collect pollen for pesticide analysis. This technique makes it possible to determine what pesticides the bees are actually eating, since pollen is the major protein source for bees.

Read about the study here.