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 Reported in Bristol

    Brooke Decker
    Pollinator Health Specialist
    State Apiculturist
    Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

    American Foul Brood Announcement

    August 12, 2020

    American Foul Brood (AFB)Paenibacillus larva has been confirmed at an apiary located inBristol, Vermont.

    The multiple hives and associated equipment have been destroyed by fire by the beekeeper. The remaining colonies are under quarantine and enhanced inspection protocols.

    Beekeepers should remain diligent in their hive inspections. Weak, declining, or dead-out hives should be closely examined for scale and clinical symptoms of AFB, before being reused.

    Samples of comb, bees, brood or larvae can be sent to the USDA Beltsville Laboratory in Maryland, for analysis.

    Enhanced cleaning protocols should be adopted after inspections of colonies suspected of any disease or pathogen, especially AFB. Regularly sterilizing your hive tool, gloves, smoker, and clothing is a recommended best practice for all beekeeping operations.

    Any suspect findings of AFB must be reported immediately to Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets-

    Brooke Decker
    Pollinator Health Specialist / State Apiculturist
    802-272-6688

  2. Extracting Your Honey Crop

    You're finishing your first successful beekeeping season and now it is time to learn how to harvest your honey crop! Join VBA Vice President Andrew Munkres, of Lemon Fair Honeyworks as he shares his expertise. We suggest you register early as this is a popular workshop.

    REGISTER TODAY! - (Login Required)

    Note: We are still working out details on how we present this workshop. It may be a live video program on Zoom or part of it may be pre-recorded then presented by Andrew who will take questions during the Zoom call. In any event, we will announce details as they become known. Since this workshop is being arranged on short notice we wanted to give you the opportunity to register for it as soon as it was scheduled!

  3. Last Night's AMA Online

    We've posted the recording from last night's AMA Zoom meeting where we discussed AFB and how it is being managed, along with a number of interesting topics. Take a listen (login required) and sign up for the next one...

  4. AFB Reported in Hinesburg

    Brooke Decker
    Pollinator Health Specialist
    State Apiculturist
    Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

    American Foul Brood Announcement

    July 30, 2020

    American Foul Brood (AFB) )Paenibacillus larva has been confirmed at an apiary located in Hinesburg, Vermont.

    The multiple hives and associated equipment have been destroyed by fire. The remaining colonies are under quarantine and enhanced inspection protocols.

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  5. Vermont Bee Lab is Open

    The Vermont Bee Lab is happy to announce that we are now open and ready to receive samples. We are currently offering tests for Varroa mites and Nosema.

    Samples can be dropped off or mailed.

    For more information on collecting and submitting samples, check out our FAQs on our website and view our video:

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJtUe0PJQ2c

     

     

  6. Italian Honeybee on Italian Parsley

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  7. 2020 Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium

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    VBA member Debby Pasho is a veterinarian who is "honey bee qualified." She passes along the information that the 2020 Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium will be a virtual conference this year due to COVID-19 but has been opened up to allow anyone to participate.

    View the program agenda and register online for a modest fee. The program runs September 21-22 and 28-29 and includes such topics as "What's Killing Honey Bees?", "Varroa Mite Biology and Management" and much more totaling 8 hours of live sessions online over the course of four days. Register here.

  8. American Foul Brood Reported in Additional Locations in Vermont.

    Brooke Decker
    Pollinator Health Specialist
    Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
    802-272-6688
    Brooke.decker@vermont.gov

    American Foul Brood has been reported in 2 additional locations in Vermont.

    On July 6th 2020, additional cases of American Foul Brood (AFB) Paenibacillus larvae, were self-reported to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. The cases were located at 2 different apiaries, one in Jericho and one in Orwell, Vermont.

    afbsmThe colonies showing clinical symptoms of AFB were destroyed by fire and remaining colonies sampled for laboratory analysis.

    Beekeepers should familiarize themselves with AFB symptoms and observe carefully when inspecting colonies and equipment. Any suspect findings should be reported immediately to Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets Pollinator Health Specialist, at 802-272-6688.

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