Beekeeping in Vermont...
The LAND of MILK & HONEY
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Learn how several thousand beekeepers and several billion bees made history in the small state of Vermont. This book vividly describes two hundred years of beekeeping practices and innovation by Vermonters just like you. Read how they joined the world-wide search for improved ways to harvest world-class honey, maintain these vital pollinators and save them from pathogens, pesticides, pollution, loss of forage and climate change.
Hardcover, approx. 200 pages. List price $30.
UPDATE: After submitting our comments to the House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, VBA President Jack Rath DVM has been invited to testify to the committee tomorrow, Thursday, February 28.
VBA was asked to provide suggested improvements to H.205 - "An act relating to the regulation of neonicotinoid pesticides." After meeting Monday, February 25, the Vermont Beekeepers Association Board of Directors approved the following amendments to the bill which they presented on Tuesday, February 26 to the House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry.
In addition, VBA Secretary Fred Putnam wrote an excellent summary of the intent and purpose of our recommendations on H.205 which is available here. Please watch for Updates and this site for ongoing status reports on this and other news.
VBA's initial testimony on H.205 - Regulation of Neonicotinoid Pesticides - is presented here for your review. (PDF file.)
VBA member Chas Mraz reports the committee was receptive to working with VBA to improve the bill. The board of directors will continue to meet on this issue and will publish their suggestions when finalized.
VBA member Bill MAre's testimony is also provided for your review.
Great discussion, great plans and a great start for what looks to be an important addition to local ag!