This Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 pm, the VBA will hold a virtual workshop on getting started in beekeeping. Whether you are just beginning your beekeeping journey this Spring or have a year or two under your belt but still have questions on equipment and supplies, you won’t want to miss this workshop.
It will provide an overview on the basics of a wide range of topics from where to locate your hives and buy your bees to choices of equipment and pest control supplies, along with many other important topics. Although beginners will ﬁnd this session especially informative, all beekeepers are welcome and encouraged to participate! The workshop is free but you must register to attend.
VBA past president Andrew Munkres reports that H.706 passed out of committee and is on the the floor of the house. The bill will be read twice and then a floor vote late this week is possible. Now is the time for VBA members to contact their reps if they have not already.
Talk with them about our concerns urging their support. If you have any questions or need further information please contact us.
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM ET
Vermont State House,
Cedar Creek Room,
115 State St,
Montpelier, VT 05633
VPIRG has been working with several beekeeping groups to organize this lobbying event and appreciates all the beekeepers’ interest in attending the Swarm the Statehouse event to help advance the H. 706 anti-neonicotinoids bill. We hope that all the attention will push it successfully out of committee and to the Senate. More information about the Protect Our Pollinators Coalition can be found here. Optional registration may be found here.
"This is a great chance for all those who are concerned about pollinators and the overuse of toxic neonic pesticides in Vermont to "swarm" the State House and make their voices heard. It's time to create some positive buzz around H.706, which is the bill to phaseout the use of 80-90% of all neonics in the state. The bill could get a vote in the key House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Food Services very soon. So, now's the time to talk with your Reps and tell them why you care about bees, birds, and other pollinators!"
Elena Mihaly, vice president of Conservation Law Foundation Vermont says "It’s time for Vermont to protect its pollinators, farmers and food system." Her commentary in today's VTDigger describes how "Neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds dominate Vermont’s working landscape."
Please continue to follow this issue, the related H-706, and contact your local legislators. Talk with them about our concerns. If you have any questions or need further information please contact us.
(Updated 7pm) An article posted this evening provides more information: Vermont lawmakers consider banning pesticide class to help insect pollinators.
Remember your ﬁrst of year of beekeeping? I remember mine! It was ﬁlled with lots of questions and plenty of uncertainty as I embarked on each new task or procedure.
2024 Winter Meeting Recognition Recipients
The Vermont Beekeepers Association recognized a number of people for their contributions to beekeeping at the VBA Winter Meeting in Hinesburg this past weekend. (Previous recipients are listed here.)
Congratulations to all recipients and those nominated in the following categories:
Tuesday evening's workshop, New and Prospective Beekeeper Orientation Plus First Year Winter Hive Inspections, was recorded and is now available for members by logging in to the VBA website and choosing Past Workshops & Events Recordings under the Calendar menu.
The first part of this presentation provides an overview of what it takes to get started in beekeeping. For new beekeepers who are overwintering hives for the ﬁrst time, the second part describes how to inspect hives during the winter and what to look for. Presented by Robin Foldesy, Colin Whitehouse & Fred Putnam.