VBA 2022 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.
The meeting agenda and meeting documents are also available below. Once you register you will receive a confirmation email confirming your registration and containing your Zoom meeting link which will allow you to join the meeting. The meeting is free for current VBA members and $15 for all others.
VBA Members who register will be automatically entered into a drawing to receive a pair of VBA logo beer glasses. (You must attend the meeting to win.)
VBA Recognition Program
VBA Recognition Program
It’s about you!
Nominations are due by March 16, 2022
The VBA Recognition Program recognizes the efforts of individuals and entities who provide significant support to honeybees, Vermont beekeepers, and the VBA mission. Read about the program and submit your nomination today!
VBA Queen Rearing Workshop
Recorded February 24, 2022
This introduction to queen rearing was presented online by Jack Rath and Andrew Munkres. The workshop was recorded and the video is available for members at the link below. (This is the classroom component of a two-part program.) The in-person workshop, to be announced at a future date, will be limited to a small number of attendees based on current COVID protocols.
Watch the Workshop Video (Login Required)
VBA Testimony in Support of H.626
The Vermont Beekeepers Association provided testimony today in support of H.626 - "An act relating to the sale, use, or application of neonicotinoid pesticides." In a letter to the Vermont House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (listed below) the organization provided arguments based on established research and believes this legislation "could be a game changer."
Although the act has not passed out of the committee, VBA suggests contacting your representative, especially if they are a member of the House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry and express your support for the VBA's position as outlined. Committee members are listed below.
Your Action Needed to Verify Your Apiary Data
As many of you are aware, there have been discrepancies and errors in the Vermont apiary registration database since the apiary map went online in 2017. A 2019 VBA survey indicated that a significant number of members did find errors in their apiary location and other data.
The VBA has worked with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VT AAFM) and other Vermont commercial beekeepers to help resolve this situation. The VBA had recommended a number of measures as noted in the January VBA BOD meeting Minutes (login required). VT AAFM is following some of our proposals. It is important that your apiary data and location be accurate so you can be notified if bee health or other issues arise in your area that might affect your colonies.
This will require action from you.
If you have 10 or more colonies, the two-mile radius law applies to you on property that you do not own: https://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/fullchapter/06/172. Section “3034. Establishing an apiary location” describes the “two-mile” law if you have 10 or more colonies and have some of them on property other than your own. It is very important that you confirm the GPS coordinates of these yards or you can potentially lose the location(s.)
If you have fewer than 10 colonies, you are entitled to keep bees where you wish, so you will not lose a location if the registration is in error. However, it is important to confirm your information anyway for the reasons stated previously.
Here’s the message from the VT AAFM. They have set a deadline of January 31, 2022. Make sure to follow the process and correct any discrepancies before the Jan 31st deadline especially as noted in item #2. The VBA had hoped to establish a longer deadline but the agency is trying to resolve these issues as soon as possible.
- Online Map: An online version of the 2022 Apiary Map will be publicly available on or around 02/15/22. This map will be accessible through the Agency’s website, and will depict the outside boundary of registered commercial apiaries in order to show where new locations can be ascertained. Identifying information associated with the apiaries will be withheld from the public map.
- 2021 Registration Permission Forms and Location Correction Deadline: Please submit all registration materials to Brooke no later than 01/31/22. If the Agency does not receive accurate and signed permission forms for a disputed location, then the apiary that needs permission will be denied that location, removed from the map, and deemed not properly registered. If you reach out to Brooke, then she will send you what the Agency has on file in order to verify what you need to do to adequately register your location.
- Two-Mile Radius: Beekeepers wanting to establish or relocate apiaries within two miles of a commercial apiary registered to another entity need to obtain signed permission forms from the entity with the registered commercial apiary that will be infringed upon. Any establishment or relocation of an apiary requires notification to the Agency prior to movement of the apiary to ensure that the establishment or relocation does not infringe on another commercial apiary.
In order for the Apiary Program to work, then the Agency needs accurate and timely updates to the map. GPS coordinates will only be deemed adequate by the Agency if they are presented in decimal format (not degrees) with 5 numbers following the decimal. Once the GPS coordinate is received by the Agency, then the Agency will let you know if permission forms are needed and from whom.
The VBA would like to know if you find errors on your registration and if you are able to correct them. Please complete this brief, anonymous survey so we can track the number of affected beekeepers and locations.
Complete the Survey
Vandals Destroy Hives at Intervale
By now you've likely heard how vandals destroyed beehives and greenhouses at the Burlington Intervale. Bill Mares sent the following note which we'd like to pass on to you.
Dear VBA members, We are so gratified by the offers of support after our hives were vandalized this week. We trust that the culprits will be caught and punished appropriately.
The BTV Honey team, Ron Hernandez, Bill Mares, Deborah Rubin