July 24, 2010 - VBA Members from around the state attended the Summer Meeting of the Vermont Beekeepers Association at the Long Trail School in Dorset to elect officers for the coming year, conduct other business and hear presentations by featured speaker Dr. Marla Spivak (see picture),a professor of Entomology at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Spivak has been conducting research on reducing pesticide use in honey bee colonies through sound sampling and treatment procedures. She gave two presentations: “The Benefits of Propolis to Bee Health” and “Long Term Plan for Stock Improvement in the US” which included her thoughts on obtaining consistent Varroa mite counts. (Watch the VBA site for further details on her presentation.)
The VBA's slate of officers: President, Bill Mares; Vice-president, Maddie Sobel; Membership Secretary, Valarie Wilson and Recording Secretary, Jeffrey Hamelman were unanimously re-elected to serve the organization for another year. Newly elected to serve as Treasurer was Rick Stoner.
We thank these generous people for donating to our Summer Meeting Raffle.
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