If You Missed the Small Hive Beetle Workshop...
Presented by Atreya Manaswi - a 10th grade student at Orlando Science High School in Orlando, FL. He has been involved in university level laboratory academic research since the age of twelve and has won regional, national, and international awards for his extensive honey bee conservation research.
His presentation: Cost Effective Control of Small Hive Beetles is available online. Simply login to the VBA site and look for Past Workshop & Events Recordings (Login required) under the Calendar menu.
Foulbrood Guide Update
The 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.
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 his work as a mentor.
More information on his life is available here.
At the 2022 Summer meeting, the Vermont Beekeepers Association (VBA) recognized several people for their outstanding efforts supporting beekeeping, beekeepers, or honey bees. 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 and Merril 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.
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.