Beekeeping in Vermont

Beekeeping in Vermont

What Does the New Ruling on Oxalic Acid in Honey Mean?

On February 23, 2021 the FDA finalized a ruling that establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of oxalic acid in honey and honeycomb. This post on the Bee Informed website from Meghan Milbrath helps clarify some of the confusion.

Juniper Hill Split (Danenhower Split)

Over 100 people attended this morning's Online Winter Meeting of the Vermont Beekeepers Association. One of the keynote speakers via Zoom was Herman Danenhower, a beekeeper in Pennsylvania who presented his method - the Juniper Hill Split (Danenhower Split).

VBA Board Seeks Approval for Proposal

The VBA Board of Directors is seeking membership approval at the upcoming Winter meeting of a proposal from UVM student, Brianna Borch, to conduct a study titled, “Identifying Key Pollen and Nectar Resources for Vermont Honey Bees” with the outcomes summarized below.

This study will identify which plant species are most important to honeybees for pollen and nectar production at different times of the year. These findings will inform land-use decisions made by both beekeepers and other residents of the state aiming to improve the health of honeybees as well as the livelihoods of beekeepers. By understanding which plants are most important to honeybees as well as which plants contribute most to honey yield, land-use decisions that protect and amplify these types of plants can be made. Beekeepers may also use these findings to decide where to locate future apiaries, as well as to more accurately label their honey as coming from specific plant sources.

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VBA 2021 Winter Meeting Agenda

The Vermont Beekeepers Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce the winter meeting to be conducted over the Zoom online platform. All VBA members are invited to participate by registering at the link below.

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New Law Targets Honey Mislabeling in Vermont

Testing has Begun

The Vermont Beekeepers Association (VBA) is working with UVM’s bee lab and the Vermont  Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets to test honey purity, long a concern for the VBA as described in an article published today on VTDigger.

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Aaron Morris, of SABA and VBA Passes

Aaron MorrisAaron W. Morris 66, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021. Known to many in the Vermont Beekeepers Association, he taught many beekeeping classes throughout the northeast including Cornell University. He was a member of Empire State Honey Producers, and the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association (SABA), holding numerous positions. He was also a member of VBA.

Bill Mares writes, "Aaron's death is a sad moment for beekeepers world-wide.  He was a champion herder of the "cats" on BEE-L. His mind was clear as a bell, even if his home gave a new definition to the word "cluttered."  He had a generosity of spirit and a restless curiosity we'll all miss. The last time I spoke to him, he enthused about a drone he'd bought to do his early spring out-yard inspections when his truck couldn't negotiate the mud."


In Memory of Bill Taft

Longtime Vermont beekeeper Bill Taft died on December 21, 2020. Bill Taft at the South Yard Bill Taft at the South Yard

For close to 40 years, Bill was an accomplished and committed beekeeper, and he would help anyone at any time.

When the South Yard workshops were revived seven or eight years ago, Bill was co-instructor, and his beekeeping experience and wisdom had a positive effect on hundreds of students.

Above all, Bill was a quintessential Vermonter, somewhat of an endangered species these days; and he will be missed.

The Potential of Propolis in the Fight Against Covid-19

(A version of this article first appeared in the November 2020 issue of Bee Culture)

As I sit down to write this article some 900,000 people have died world-wide as a result of Covid-19. The disease is associated with the development of pneumonia, serious breathing problems as the lungs fill with fluid, and heart failure.

The United States leads the rest of the globe in Caronavirus related deaths, with the American death toll at 190,000 and climbing. We have less than 5 percent of the world’s population but have experienced over 20 percent of the world’s Covid-19 deaths despite being the country with the most expensive and supposedly best health care system in the world.

In the midst of this dire situation comes a review of the healing properties of propolis and its potential use in treating Covid-19 that appears in the November issue of Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy. We already know that propolis ramps up the immune response of honey bees when they are exposed to pathogens, but now it appears increasingly likely that propolis may be able to do something similar for us humans.

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