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Vermont Technical College - Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems

Below is commentary by Bill Mares through Vermont Public Radio. 

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Well, I may not have been a fly on the wall, but I was a figurative bee at the table, representing the Vermont Beekeepers Association. It was a round-table at Vermont Technical College to discuss their new Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems - built upon a $3.4 million federal grant from the U.S. Labor Department to improve job opportunities in rural areas.

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Winter Meeting January 28, 2014

Mark your calendars, you won't want to miss the winter meeting.  As always, it's the Tuesday of the Vermont Farm Show - this year on January 28, 2014 at the Champlain Valley Expo.  Taylor Ricketts of UVM will be wowing us with pollinators in the morning and Mike Palmer will delight us with beekeeping how-tos in the afternoon.  Watch for more information and an agenda posted on the website within the next month or so.

Lending a Helping Hand

On Saturday 10/13/2013, eleven VBA and Franklin County Bee Club members had the opportunity to pay it forward, lending a helping hand to Mike Palmer. With Mike’s upcoming trip to the United Kingdom to speak at the National Honey Show, he was behind in the winter preparation of his hives at several bee yards. With great pleasure several club members were able to donate some time to help Mike and his bees.

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Zombie Fly Discovered in Vermont Honey Bees

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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