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. Foulbrood Guide Update

    hbhclogoThe Honey Bee Health Coalition has released a new edition of its guide, "Identifying and Mitigating Foulbrood in Honey Bee Colonies and Reducing the Use of Antibiotics: Information for Beekeepers and Veterinarians."

    The guide provides information on identifying, testing for, and mitigating American and European foulbrood.

  2. In Memoriam:

    8326550 fbs copyMerril Tittemore

    The Vermont Beekeepers Association is sad to report the passing of longtime beekeeper Merril Tittemore of St. Albans. He was a master beekeeper, earning the Vermont Beekeepers Association Beekeeper of the Year Award in 2017 and a "mentor to scores of people who had an interest or passion to learn from one of the best." Most recently he was recognized at the VBA Summer Meeting in September 2022 for hiswork as a mentor.

    More information on his life is available here.  

  3. Recognizing Beekeepers

    At the 2022 Summer meeting, the Vermont Beekeepers Association (VBA) recognized several people for their outstanding efforts supporting beekeeping, beekeepers, or honey beesawards2022 1Mentor/mentee pair recipients Jeff Battaglini and Charlotte Neeves, left. Recognition Committee members, Fred Putnam and Anne Bowers, right, made the presentations.. The VBA also encourages participation in the Vermont Beekeeper Certification program.

    There are two new Vermont Certified Beekeepers – Deb Pasho of Hartland and Eric Duncan of Corinth. Congrats to both of you for completing the steps needed to attain this distinction!

    There were three other categories of recognition: Mentor/Mentee pair, Friend of the Bees, and Mission Superhero(s):

    Mentor/Mentee Pairs:Jeff Battaglini and Charlotte Neeves andMerril Tittemore and Matt Callahan for their outstanding and successful efforts at teaching, learning, and helping each other. These are examples of great initiative on the part of the mentees and excellent guidance by the mentors.


  4. If You Missed the September 15 Workshop...

    VBA's Andrew Munkres and Fred Putnam presented this AMA online workshop on September 15th to help you prepare your colonies for winter.

    If you missed the workshop the recorded video is available online. Simply login to the VBA site and look for Past Workshop & Events Recordings (Login required) under the Calendar menu.

    Topics covered include the knowledge you need to help your colonies survive the winter. Learn about target hive weights, feeding options, winter hive preparations, and much more

  5. Tunbridge Fair - 2022

    tunfair9 22Setting up the VBA booth at the 2022 Tunbridge Fair. L to R: Ron Hernandez, Bob & Mary Stoddard, Peter Hadeka, Richard Roy, Bill Mares.


  6. EPA Awards Grant to UVM

    The EPA has awarded six grants to advance
    "Smart, sensible, and sustainable pest control in agriculture"

    The University of Vermont won an award for their project which "aims to help reduce neonicotinoid seed treatments applied to row crops in Vermont by providing education in English and Spanish to more than 1,000 growers on IPM practices"

    Details about the EPA's announcement along with a more detailed description of UVM's project are available here.

  7. If You Missed the August 31 Workshop...

    VBA's Fred Putnam, Jeff Battaglini, and Tony Antonucci collaborated to present this AMA online workshop on August 31. This is the time of year where your actions can make the difference between your colonies surviving the winter or not. If you missed the workshop the recorded video is available online. Simply login to the VBA site and look for Past Workshop & Events Recordings under the Calendar menu.

    Topics covered include: Late season swarm control – Demaree method, mite (and virus) control - new HBHC Varroa management guide, readying colonies for Fall, value of pollen subs and when to use them, analyzing issues attendees might have had with their colonies and more...

  8. Webinar: Winter Bee Biology

    Gard Otis 1155493503From SABA and NY Bee Wellness: Dr. Gard Otis discusses the biology of winter bees and how beekeepers can keep them healthy to improve the colony’s winter survival.

    Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 7:30 PM until 8:30 PM

    This is an external webinar hosted by NY Bee Wellness.  There is no cost to attend, but you must register in advance by clicking on the following link:  Webinar Registration


  9. VBA 2022 Summer Meeting

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    Saturday, September 17, 2022 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
    Brandon Town Hall, Brandon, VT


    Last Minute Notes About
    the VBA Summer Meeting


    Here are a few important things to keep in mind if you are planning to attend Saturday's meeting in Brandon. (Registration information and details are available below.)

    • COVID-19 is still an issue to contend with. If you feel at all unwell, or if you have been around someone who is sick or tested positive, or if you have tested positive, please stay home. Although masks are not required you may certainly wear one.
    • Please be sure to pre-register - see below for more information about the meeting and the agenda.
    • Please bring any raffle items for the fundraising raffle.
    • We will have two ASL Interpreters participating in the meeting.

    See you Saturday!

    Parking Map

    The preliminary meeting agenda is available. Please register today for this important meeting - free for all VBA members.
    Registration is required - No walk-ins. Attendance limited to 150 people. Please note: Masks are NOT required but will be available if you'd like one.


  10. 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: