Managed and native pollinators are important to agriculture, they work on farms pollinating our fruit and vegetables crops. They also provide honey and other bee-related products, adding to Vermont’s agricultural diversity. Nationally and globally, pollinators--such as bees, butterflies and other insects and small mammals, are under stress, and in some cases, in decline. In 2016, the Vermont legislature passed a bill (Act 83) creating a Pollinator Protection Committee. On this Committee, beekeepers, ecologists, government officials, researchers and the farming community are working together to conserve & improve pollinator health in Vermont.
Katie Ballard - Ballard Acres Farm, Georgia, VT and Director of Research at W.H. Miner Institute
Eric Boire - Crop Production Services, Addison, Vermont and President of Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association
Terry Bradshaw - Tree Fruit and Viticulture Specialist, University of Vermont, Chair of the Pollinator Protection Committee
Chris Conant - Claussen's Greenhouses, Colchester, Vermont
Ross Conrad - Dancing Bee Gardens, Middlebury, VT. Member of Vermont & Addison County Beekeepers Associations and a regular contributor to Bee Culture.
Cary Giguere - Agrichemical Program Manager and Chair of State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG)
John Hayden - The Farm Between, Jeffersonville VT
Mike Palmer - French Hill Apiaries, St. Albans, VT. Member of the Vermont Beekeepers Association.
Leif Richardson - Research fellow, Gund Institute, University of Vermont and research associate with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies
Jane Sorensen - River Berry Farm, Fairfax, Vermont. Also owns Northeast Pollinator Plants
*listed in alphabetical order
- September 15, 2016 9:00AM - 12:00PM - Room 11 in Statehouse, Montpelier
- October 12, 2016 9:30AM -12:30PM - Room 10 in the Statehouse, Montpelier
- November 09, 2016 9:30AM -12:30PM - Ethan Allen Room-Capitol Plaza Hotel, 100 State Street Montpelier, VT
- December 07, 2016 9:30AM -12:30PM - Room 11 in the Statehouse, Montpelier
Next Meeting: February 2, 2017 09:30AM-3PM (may end sooner depending on agenda) -Dewey Building Conference Room, 1 National Life Drive Montpelier, VT (Also the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Licensing Building)
- Click here for directions and parking at the Dewey Building
- Agenda (updated 1/30/2017)
- Proposed recommendations for discussion
- Comments submitted to the Committee (updated 1/31/2017)
- September 15, 2016 Meeting Minutes (final)
- Presentations from September 15th meeting (pdfs).
- November 9, 2016 Meeting Minutes Final (pdf)
- December 7, 2016 Meeting Minutes (draft), recommendation votes, new proposed recommendations (pdf)
- February 2, 2017 Meeting Minutes & voted recommendations