Since 1886 the VBA has promoted the general welfare of Vermont's Honey Industry, while sustaining a friendly body of unity among the state's beekeepers.
  1. VBA Recognition Program - 2022

    Seeking Nominees to be Recognized at the Summer Meeting

    Nominations Due August 17, 2022

    The VBA Recognition Committee is seeking nominations of your peers for their good work in three beekeeping categories:

    • Beekeeper of the Year

    • Mentor/Mentee pair

    • Friend of the Bees

    The individuals selected will be recognized at the upcoming summer meeting on September 17.

    Please take a few minutes and think about someone you know who has gone the extra mile in these categories. We have many people doing a lot of good work to support our honey bees and beekeepers so let’s recognize and encourage them.

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  2. Sell Honey @ the Tunbridge World's Fair

    tunfair2September 15-18, 2022

    Dear VBA members,

    The VBA Tunbridge Fair Committee is again soliciting honey (and other bee-related products) to be sold at the Fair.

    This activity is the largest annual fund-raiser for the VBA.  To make this process both fair and simple, we have a few guidelines for your submissions:

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  3. Ask Me Anything (About Beekeeping)

    If you missed our Ask Me Anything (About Beekeeping) workshop this week, the recording is available to VBA members (along with many others) online. Simply login to the site and look under the Calendar menu. (Co-hosted by VBA members, Fred Putnam, Tony Antonucci, and Jeff Battaglini.)

    • Preventing the spread of diseases esp. AFB
    • Re-queening calendar and recordkeeping (if a colony is queenless)
    • Summer actions to prep for winter.
    • Mite management and virus loads - options for this time of the year
    • Weather impacts - Dealing with too little or too much rain
    • Water supply
    • Pollen sub
    • Dearths or not
    • Extracting tips
    • Tips on handling defensive colonies
  4. Extended Use of Oxalic Acid Workshop Recording

    If you missed our Extended Use of Oxalic Acid for Mite Mitigation workshop this week the recording is available to VBA members (along with many others) online. Simply login to the site and look under the Calendar menu.
     
    Jack Rath describes the preparation and use of OAE and answers questions. The data sheet from the Vermont AAFM that Jack references in the presentation is available here. There have been two changes which may make it a preferred method for Vermont beekeepers. It now can be used with honey supers on. Vermont now has in place a 2EE authorization for Oxalic Acid Extended (OAE) use. Be advised you must follow the directions as specified in the sheet provided by Vermont AAFM and this can only be used in Vermont at this time.
  5. AFB Announcement

     American Foul Brood (AFB) has been confirmed in hives located within 5 miles of Chester, Vermont. Traceback investigation is underway and appears to have been a result of using old frames contaminated with AFB scale.

    Registered beekeepers within the 2-mile radius will be contacted by phone. All beekeepers should perform thorough inspections and report any suspect disease to the State Apiculturist Brooke Decker at 802-272-6688.

  6. What Should I Be Doing For My Bees Now?

    If you missed Thursday's online workshop it was recorded and is available under our Calendar menu in Past Workshops. (Login required.)

    Co-hosted by VBA members, Fred Putnam, Tony Antonucci, and Jeff Battaglini, the program begins with a short presentation on seasonal beekeeping tasks and situations. Following that, an "Ask Me Anything" (about your honey bees) session where the hosts fielded questions from the  participants.

     

  7. "Pesticides Threatening Pollinators, Lawmakers Punt on Limit to Bee-killing Poisons"

    So begins an article from the May 19 issue of the Addison Independent featuring Chas Mraz of Champlain Valley Apiaries who expressed dissapointment that H.626 was passed in a watered-down version that "did not ban neonicotinoids — even temporarily."

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  8. Spring Management & Reversing Workshop Recording

    If you missed Thursday's workshop we recorded it and made it available to VBA members (along with 27 others) online. Simply login to the site and look under the Calendar menu.
     
    This workshop covered the steps you should be taking to manage your colonies in the spring. Swarm control and supering as the nectar begins to flow along with general discussion are included. (The Northeast Beekeeping Calendar is a good reference tool.)
  9. Protect Your Apiary From Bears

    It's not hard to set up an electric fence but it can seem daunting if you've never dealt with electric fences before. Vermont Certified Beekeeper Fred Putnam covered the basic principles for installing any electric fence with special focus on deterrent electric fences for apiaries in this online workshop recorded last night.(Login required.)

    Also see our Guide to Protecting Bee Hives from Bears and Skunks.

  10. Deadouts Redux

    deadoutIf you missed yesterday's Deadout Analysis Workshop (or if you'd like to view it again) we've posted the recorded presentation online for members to view. Login to the site and look under the Calendar menu for Past Workshop & Events Recordings.

    Presenters Fred Putnam and Andrew Munkres describe many of the factors and causes leading to the loss of overwintered colonies. The workshop includes photos giving you the ability to diagnose the causes and adjust your management for next winter to improve survival. (Also see the updated VBA Deadout Diagnosis Guide.)