The VSBA Spring meeting was hosted by the Piedmont Beekeepers Association on June 13th -14th in Lynchburg VA. The CBA had 12 members attend and hear several great speakers present on a wide range of topics.  Keith Tignor, the State Apairist, gave reports on several topics important to Virginia beekeepers.   Below is the link if you are interested in the VA beekeeper’s grant:

 

VA Beekeeper Grant Program link: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/plant&pest/hivegrant.shtml

 

Also included are the VSBA summary slides presented at the CBA June meeting on June 17th:

 

State Apiarist’s Report Takeaways

State Apiarist: Keith Tignor

2013 VA Winter Losses: 23% average
Key factor was feeding before the February cold snap
Pesticides: If you suspect a pesticide bee kill call the Office of Pesticide Services: 804-786-3798   or http: www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pesticides
Increased emphasis on quick response team of OPS and beekeepers to investigate
Honey labeling: Opportunity to comment on guidelines
www.fda.gov/FoodGuidances
Know your bee sources: instances of 3rd party packaging
Packages required to come with healthy hive certification
Research opportunity: new website you can volunteer to participate in research project – citizen scientist
www.bugonia.com
VA Beekeeping Grants : 279 approved for total of $154,657
Still money left – no deadline  
http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/plant&pest/hivegrant.shtml