If you missed our Ask Me Anything (About Beekeeping) workshop this week, the recording is available to VBA members (along with many others) online. Simply login to the site and look under the Calendar menu. (Co-hosted by VBA members, Fred Putnam, Tony Antonucci, and Jeff Battaglini.)
- Preventing the spread of diseases esp. AFB
- Re-queening calendar and recordkeeping (if a colony is queenless)
- Summer actions to prep for winter.
- Mite management and virus loads - options for this time of the year
- Weather impacts - Dealing with too little or too much rain
- Water supply
- Pollen sub
- Dearths or not
- Extracting tips
- Tips on handling defensive colonies
American Foul Brood (AFB) has been confirmed in hives located within 5 miles of Chester, Vermont. Traceback investigation is underway and appears to have been a result of using old frames contaminated with AFB scale.
Registered beekeepers within the 2-mile radius will be contacted by phone. All beekeepers should perform thorough inspections and report any suspect disease to the State Apiculturist Brooke Decker at 802-272-6688.
If you missed Thursday's online workshop it was recorded and is available under our Calendar menu in Past Workshops. (Login required.)
So begins an article from the May 19 issue of the Addison Independent featuring Chas Mraz of Champlain Valley Apiaries who expressed dissapointment that H.626 was passed in a watered-down version that "did not ban neonicotinoids — even temporarily."
The purpose of this resource page is to support the adoption of land management practices that promote the well-being of pollinators. There are many well-described practices that land stewards can take to support honey bee and pollinator health. This web page includes a collection of links to information that is relevant to honey bee and pollinator health in Vermont regional settings.
Recent Vermont Beekeepers Association (VBA)
Initiatives and Accomplishment
April 2, 2022
Over the past few years, the VBA has taken on an ever-increasing activist role for all of us involved in apiculture in Vermont.
The VBA has continued to develop and strengthen training and information for members and other beekeepers.
We sincerely appreciate the help from VBA members across the state who stepped up to help on Working Groups and Committees dealing with specific efforts.