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.
- Last Updated: 11 March 2021 11 March 2021
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).
- Last Updated: 06 March 2021 06 March 2021
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.
- Last Updated: 05 March 2021 05 March 2021
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.
- Last Updated: 04 March 2021 04 March 2021
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.
- Last Updated: 19 January 2021 19 January 2021
Beekeeping Basics - ONLINE
Have you thought about keeping bees? This is the opportunity to learn more about these vital and fascinating creatures providing so much of our food. The three sessions will enlighten, and maybe inspire, you to start a few hives of your own or learn more about your bee passion. Plenty of question-and-answer time and all the info needed to start your own operation.
Taught by VBA's Bill Mares, this is a great way to begin your beekeeping journey. Read more and register online.
Raised in Texas, educated at Harvard, Bill Mares has been a journalist, a high school teacher (here at CVU) and a member of the Vermont House of Representatives. He has authored or co-authored 18 books on a range of topics. He had kept bees for over 45 years, and has been president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association and the Eastern Apicultural Society. With Mike Willard, and others, he has taught over 800 novice beekeepers in this ACCESS class. He is the co-author with Ross Conrad and others of the newly-published history of beekeeping in Vermont, "The Land of Milk and Honey." (Green Writers Press)
Bill's co-teacher will be Dr. Deborah Rubin.
- Last Updated: 08 January 2021 08 January 2021