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Dear Beekeepers,   

First of all, we hope that you are safe during this significant flooding event.  

We are hearing reports of flooded and washed away apiaries. Beekeepers experiencing these losses may qualify for support through the USDA FSA ELAP program.  

Farmers should assess damages Field by Field and Crop by Crop and reach out to their local USDA Service Centers

Contact and locations for county USDA Service Centers.  

Additionally, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is tracking hive and colony losses. Please report losses, as they are discovered, to the apiary program by emailing  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 802-272-6688.  

Please stay safe while assessing your apiaries. Many roads are significantly muddy if not damaged and impassable.  

Be well, 

Brooke Decker
Pollinator Health Specialist/ State Apiculturist  
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
116 State Street | Montpelier, Vermont | 05620
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