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. 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.

  2. 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.

     

  3. June 9 Online Workshop

    Ask Me Anything (AMA) Workshop

    Thursday, June 9, 7pm via Zoom

    What should I be doing for my bees now (June) and in the upcoming couple of months?
     
    Co-hosted by VBA members, Fred Putnam, Tony Antonucci, and Jeff Battaglini.
     
    There will be a short presentation on seasonal beekeeping tasks and situations. Following that, will be an "Ask Me Anything" (about your honey bees) session during which you can ask about specific situations or issues that you've been having with your colonies.
     
    This workshop will be helpful to first-time beekeepers and to those who have just overwintered a colony for the first time.
     

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  4. "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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  5. 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.)
  6. 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.

  7. 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.)

     

  8. Resources for Land Stewards

    The purpose of this resource page is to support the adoption of land management practices that promote the well-being of pollinators.  There are many well-described practices that land stewards can take to support honey bee and pollinator health. This web page includes a collection of links to information that is relevant to honey bee and pollinator health in Vermont regional settings.

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  9. How, and What, Are We Doing?

    Recent Vermont Beekeepers Association (VBA)

    Initiatives and Accomplishment

    April 2, 2022

    Over the past few years, the VBA has taken on an ever-increasing activist role for all of us involved in apiculture in Vermont.

    The VBA has continued to develop and strengthen training and information for members and other beekeepers.

    We sincerely appreciate the help from VBA members across the state who stepped up to help on Working Groups and Committees dealing with specific efforts.

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  10. Presentations Online

    If you missed yesterday's presentations at the "Winter" Meeting of the Vermont Beekeepers Association (or if you'd like to view them again) we've posted the meeting presentations online for members to view. Login to the site and look under the Calendar menu for Past Workshop & Events Recordings.

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