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.