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.
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."
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.)
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.
Pollinator Health Specialist/ State Apiculturist
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
116 State Street | Montpelier, Vermont | 05620
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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.