VBA's statement calling the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) to task for misleading the public received quite a bit of attention. In addition to coverage by a number of local papers throughout the state and WCAX, Bee Culture featured our statement in their daily news summary -- Catch the Buzz.
VBA Past-president Ross Conrad penned a Letter to the Editor in the Addison Independent that succinctly describes the issue.
From VT Digger: "Vermont has not, in fact, saved the bees, according to Jeff Battaglini, president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association. Rather, he said the industry is struggling with significant losses that are becoming harder and harder to recover from."
This issue will be discussed at the Winter Meeting and will be the focus of much of VBA's work during this legislative session. We encourage you to discuss this with your legislators, especially if they are in the Senate or House Ag Committees.