There are five needs that should be met by a bee club for its members: social, educational, financial, political, and promotional.
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I was thinking about 2021 last Thursday morning during the drive to Champlain Valley Expo to work the final shifts of the Vermont Beekeeper’s Association (VBA) booth; then pack it up for another year. All week our booth sat across from one of the slickest of the 130 booths at the 2020 Vermont Farm Show – hyper branded from banners to business cards, it clearly benefited from an ad agency and big budget. Down the aisle the media booths, chock full of handouts, looked like they were a snap to pop up, take down and carry with their stretch fabric walls, table covers and banners.
Honey pricing as been under pressure for decades. This issue is also discussed in the new book "The Land of Milk and Honey", Pg. 134 indicating that Chinese imports have been under cutting US prices decades ago. Today the issue remains the same. Take a look at this article about the pressures in Europe from adulterated Chinese imported honey.
Do you speak publicly or attend meetings about bees? Staff educational booths or just want to show off that you're a beekeeper?
The Vermont Beekeepers Association is now offering a wide range of high- quality clothing options through Lands’ End Business Catalog, customized with the VBA logo! Here’s how it works:
This was one highlight from today's Winter Meeting of the group as part of the Vermont Farm Show.
Over 150 people attended the day-long meeting which included educational seminars and the first look at a new book: The Land of Milk & Honey by VBA members Bill Mares and Ross Conrad.