Beekeeping in Vermont

Beekeeping in Vermont

@Billings Farm and Museum

PeterHadeka BillingsPeter Hadeka presenting to day campers at the Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock last week. Good group of youngsters... seemed interested in bees and pollination. They especially liked the Observation Hive.

American Foul Brood (AFB) Confirmed in Addison County

June 28, 2021 - American Foul Brood (AFB) Paenibacillus larva has been confirmed at a Vermont apiary in the New Haven/ Bristol/ Lincoln region of Addison County. Beekeepers with registered apiaries within 3- miles of the outbreak have been notified.

The hive and associated equipment have been destroyed by fire, by the beekeeper. The remaining colony is under quarantine and enhanced inspection protocols.

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The Bees' Needs

 Seven Days Pollinator Issue

Vermonters Are Protecting and Championing Imperiled Pollinators

VBA president Andrew Munkres and past president Chas Mraz are featured in the Seven Days Pollinator Issue. Andrew discusses swarms with Ken Picard while Chas talks "Pollinators, Pesticides and Connectedness."PollinatorLogo Tag2

The issue includes looks at artists portraying pollinators, state legislation and non-profits working to protect pollinators as well as ancillary products that come from our honey bees like beer and bee wraps. (By the way, the Pollinator Partnership reminds us that this week is Pollinator Week.)

Spring 2021 Field Report

from Vermont State Apiculturist Brooke Decker


Total number of spring nucleus colonies sold in VT: 2707
Number of packaged bees sold/imported into VT:     882
Number of VT overwintered nucleus colonies sold in VT: 214
Number of spring nucleus colonies inspected: 687
Number of 2021 hive inspections (as of June 1): 725
2021 Honey bee imports, states-of-origin: NY, NH, MA, ME, MS, SC, GA, FL, CA, PA, LA 


Mite sampling on out-of-state nucs for sale is now part of the spring nuc inspection protocol. We are happy to report that none of the nucs sampled were over the 5% (5 mites per 100 bees) threshold. Also, no American foulbrood (AFB) has been found this year.

Brooke Decker
Pollinator Health Specialist/ State Apiculturist
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
116 State Street | Montpelier, Vermont | 05620
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 802-272-6688
Vermont Apiary Program

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What Should I be Doing Now?

An Early Summer Workshop for
First-year Beekeepers

Register Today for this Zoom Workshop

Co-hosted by VBA members Fred Putnam, Tony Antonucci, and Jeff Battaglini

Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
We are continuing the series of information sessions for new beekeepers focusing on those who just got their bees for the first time.
There will be a short presentation describing things you should be doing or looking out for now and for the next few weeks followed by another AMA session (Ask Me Anything about beekeeping) for first-year beekeepers. More experienced beekeepers are welcome to attend but our focus will be primarily on actions or issues that first-year beekeepers undertake or encounter.
If you are a new beekeeper, we will plan to do additional sessions with seasonal actions as the season progresses. Later, we'll consider how to prep your colony(ies) for winter. Register today as space is limited.

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VBA Member Cheri Gagnon is in the news with her business: BeeYoutifulGems:

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Developing a Bee-Friendly Pasture System

Interested in developing a bee-friendly pasture system?

Explore this recently revised UVM Extension publication describing pasture managed with livestock and what management and forage species considerations can be made to enhance flowering legumes for bees in these systems.