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.
There are a lot of details to be worked out but we are encouraged to be able to offer more support for VT beekeepers. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact VBA at firstname.lastname@example.org.