It is with sad news that we announce the passing of long time beekeeper and VBA member John Tardie. John was a passionate beekeeper and served on the VBA Board of Directors for many years. John was known for being the go to person for honey bee extractions from structures and buildings, he was always at the ready with his bee vac. He was also very helpful to new beekeepers by selling select beekeeping supplies and renting honey extraction equipment. If you knew John, please take a moment to reflect on his life and contributions to the VBA.
Bill Mares Wrote:
"John Tardie sold me my first beekeeping equipment 45 years ago. He was a strong supporter of the Vermont Beekeepers Association and President of the Eastern Apicultural Society in 1980, when that group brought almost 600 people to UVM for its summer conference. Vermont beekeepers will miss him."
See more at: John Tardie Obituary
The massive increase in U.S. honey bee colony losses in the last decade has prompted a comprehensive examination of colony health in apiaries throughout the United States. Known as the National Honey Bee Survey (NHBS), the effort is a collaboration between the USDA Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) out of the University of Maryland (UMD), the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the cooperation of 40 states, two territories (Puerto Rico and Guam), and the island nation of Grenada.
To read the full article on Bee Culture's website; see photos and graphs, click here: The National Honey Bee Survey In Vermont
Check out the recent article posted by Bee Culture Magazine, highlighting the great work of Bill Mares and Ross Conrad as they capture the history of Beekeeping in Vermont
"The Story of One State’s Beekeeping History – How some Vermont beekeepers are going about it and why you should consider publishing a history of beekeeping in your state – By Bill Mares and Ross Conrad"
As many of you may have noticed, the VBA website has been in the process of being updated recently. Some of the changes included installing a new user membership application to replace the one that had been in use for several years, which was no longer supported. The installation, transfer and testing of the new software has resulted in some erroneous notifications being sent, informing members that their renewals were due soon, when they had already been paid. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.
We also experienced some bugs with membership login as well as the forums page. We believe to have most of these bugs fixed. If you experience any additional challenges, please continue to let us know so we may fix any outstanding issues and make your experience with the VBA website be as enjoyable as it can be. We appreciate your patience while our website is upgraded.
A group of UVM researchers are collaborating with a local beekeeper to study the role of migratory beekeeping in bee disease. Crop pollination by migratory beekeeping operations presents a highly concentrated convergence of bees where diseases may be transmitted and spread as hives are transported throughout the US. To test if migratory operations contribute to the spread of disease, they are planning to conduct an experiment and need your help! They are crowdfunding to raise money for this important project.
The Vermont Beekeepers Association has committed to helping fund this important and valuable research with a $500.00 donation. If you would be interested to find out more information about their proposal and help support this effort, please click the link below.
Seven Days Article and recap of the conference: How to Solve the Pollinator Problem
"Vermont has just held its first ever conference on beetles, bees and butterflies, to consider the threats that all pollinators face in Vermont. The conference was a response to President Obama’s directive to create a national strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators." VPR
Listen to Bill Mares commentary on VPR: http://digital.vpr.net/post/mares-pollinators#stream/0
It was a great conference put on by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. There were great presentations by the guest speakers who highlighted research and data about the challenges facing our native pollinators. During the round table discussions there were wonderful ideas brought forward on ways to address the challenges our pollinators are facing. The goal of the round table discussions were to develop a list of action items ANR could consider moving forward. There were many galvanizing themes that came from these round table discussions. One of the common discussion topics was promoting greater diversity of forage area, which helps promote pollinator health.
We are hopeful this was just the first step in a collaborative effort in the state for meaningful action to help our pollinators. There is surely more to come and we expect VBA will be helping lead the way around this dicussion.
Thank you to Bill Mares, Paul Yanus and Michael Willard for attending the conference and representing VBA with an educational booth.
Exciting news: During the recent VBA Winter Meeting, Secretary Ross from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture introduced Vermont's new state bee inspector, David Tremblay. This position was recently filled with the retirement of the previous inspector Steve Parise in December 2015.
Please welcome David to our state beekeeping family when you have the opportunity to meet him.
Secretary Ross also announced the state's Apiary Inspection Program will continue to have a seasonal part time inspector that will be assisting David Tremblay throughout the beekeeping season.
The state inspector's contact information can be found on the VBA website under the Resources Tab.
Click this link: State Inspector
As required by The Vermont Statutes, Title 6, Chapter 172, it is the duty of every person having one or more colonies of bees in their possession or under their control to report the location of such colonies. It is essential that apiary inspectors know the locations of all colonies of bees in Vermont in order to effectively control honey bee diseases and pests.