Beekeeping in Vermont

Beekeeping in Vermont

Bee Healthy and Legal

A Vermont beekeeper has a duty to other beekeepers and the general public in knowing the laws that apply to beekeeping in Vermont.

Vermont State Apiarist and Food Safety Specialist David Tremblay reminds us that he is concerned about uninspected bees coming into Vermont and these bees then not being registered or inspected. It is acceptable to ask the honeybee supplier if their bees have been inspected and to view the inspection certificate.

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Is there added sugar in Honey?

You may have heard about the FDA and their intent to label honey and other products as containing added sugar.

The draft guidance is found by clicking here.  Please take the time to read it and submit comments as you see fit.

Longtime VBA Member David Prior Passes

David Robert Prior, 59, of Shelburne, Vermont, passed away on Friday, April 27, after an eight year battle with cancer. An active member of the Vemont Beekeepers Association, David is known fordprior his love of family,friends, antiques, bees, Hermit Island (Maine), and his dogs, Cooper and Eli. He took great pride in being able to return to live in Vermont after many years away. He is survived by his wife, Kristin, who has been an amazing caregiver throughout his illness and his beloved son, Lynden.

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Take a Brief Survey

What are you reading? Take a moment to let us know by answering our brief survey that asks about your beekeeping reading.

The survey is available to the right under VBA Surveys and will be open for a few weeks. Results will be be posted here and in the next VBA Update.

Bee Culture's Annual Event - "My Story" with Michael Palmer

What a great fall trip to hear some great speakers!

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Mentoring Program Update

A message from Scott Wilson regarding the VBA mentoring program

Mentor Program

VBA Marketplace Updates

Looking for Northern-raised queens or nucs? Supplies are limited but you might want to check with suppliers listed on our revamped  Marketplace listings (on the top menu). We're rearranging things a bit to emphasize northern honeybee providers. We've also separated the listings so beekeeping equipment has its own listing.

And we're working on establishing a web store so you can buy VBA hats and books in addition to paying your membership dues online.

The Bee Informed Loss and Management Survey is live April 1st – 30th, 2018.

The BIP annual survey of honey bee losses is now live. If you have an interest in participating please click the link below.