VBA Membership at a Glance
VBA membership information as presented at the 2019 Summer Meeting:
UVM Study Discussed on VPR
A recent study by the University of Vermont and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies researcher suggests viruses from managed bees have spread from apiaries to wild bumblebees. UVM researcher and pollinator specialist Samantha Alger shared her findings with Vermont Edition.
Yes or No?
HoneyBeeSuite.com asks the question: "Is the Beekeeping Bubble About to Burst?"
What do you think? Please take a few minutes to read the article then come back here and take our one-question very unscientific survey. (You also have the opportunity to leave your thoughts in a comment box.)
We'll have our experts review the comments - if any - and show the results in an upcoming email Update. In the meantime you may view the results here.
Call a Beekeeper, Not an Exterminator
This is the time of year when Vermont homeowners are likely to find swarms of bees in trees, or even within the walls of houses or barns. While frightening to those unfamiliar with it, it is a natural part of a bee's reproductive cycle. Swarming is the process by which a new honey bee colony is formed when the queen bee leaves the colony with a large group of worker bees - usually to alleviate over-crowding in a hive. When that happens: Call a beekeeper to remove a swarm of bees, not an exterminator.
H.205 Signed by Governor
H.205, the "Neonics" legislation the Vermont Beekeepers Association has been following, was signed into law by Governor Phil Scott on Tuesday, May 28 and will take effect July 1, 2019.
VBA thanks all Vermont beekeepers who worked with us on getting it passed.
The Vermont Beekeepers Association Mentor Program is always looking for experienced beekeepers willing to mentor newcomers. We are especially in need of mentors to help cover these areas around the state: Stowe, Moretown, Johnson, Eden, St.Johnsbury, Tunbridge, Westmore and Hartland.
Mentoring is a great way to share your skillset with other beekeepers while promoting best management practices in Vermont.