Information for Beekeepers

The information contained on this page is intended to assist Vermont beekeepers, veterinarians, and other stakeholders that have an interest in beekeeping. For any questions or concerns contact State Apiculturist at Brooke.Decker@vermont.gov or 802-272-6688.

Mite Mitigation Plan

Need help writing a mite mitigation plan? 

We recommend using the Honey Bee Health Coalition's TOOLS FOR VARROA MANAGEMENT guide

Effective Mite Mitigation Plans include the following information:

  • Mite sampling frequency and method(s)
  • Management or treatment threshold levels in #of mites detected/ 100 bees
  • Treatment or management methods

Bee Research and Diagnostic Labs

The United States Department of Agriculture has honey bee research laboratories in Arizona, Louisiana, Maryland, Texas, and Utah. 

Diagnostic Services

USDA Bee Research Laboratory Beltsville, MD 

A free diagnostic service for bacterial, fungal and microsporidian diseases as well as for two species of parasitic mites and other pests associated with honey bees

 

National Agricultural Genotyping Center

A fee for service for honey bee pathogens including, nosema, American Foul Brood, European Foul Brood, Viruses, and more

 

Bees and Bears

The Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife handles all bear damage complaints in Vermont. A beekeeper must contact the local Fish & Game Warden if bear-related problems are noted.  If certain conditions are met, a beekeeper may be reimbursed a portion of the damages caused by bears.  

For additional information on bees and bears, visit the Vermont Beekeepers Association or contact the State Apiculturist at 802-272-6688 or Brooke.Decker@vermont.gov.

Honey Labeling Requirements

Honey Labels Must Contain the Following: 

Common Name:

If the product contains only honey, the word “Honey” must be included on the label.

It is not a requirement, but the name of a floral source may be used, if it is the primary floral source for the honey.

An ingredient statement is not required if the only ingredient is Honey.

If any other sweeteners are added to the honey, it may not be labeled as “Honey”

If flavorings are added to the honey (ex. Cinnamon), this must be included on the label and in an ingredient statement.

Net Weight:

Honey is measured by net weight.

The net weight (excluding packaging), in pounds/ounces and in metric weight (grams) must be included in easy-to-read type.

Example: Net Wt. 16 oz. (454 g)

Contact Information:

The label must include the name and contact information of the beekeeper or business that put the product on the market.

At minimum, the contact information must include Name, Town, and phone number.

Need more info?

National Honey Board: www.Honey.com

FDA

https://www.fda.gov/regulatory-information/search-fda-guidance-documents/guidance-industry-proper-labeling-honey-and-honey-products#intro

Websites

Honey Bee Health Coalition  - A great resource for Best Practices and Varroa Mite Management  
Bee Informed Partnership
 

 

Beekeeping Associations

Vermont Beekeepers Association
P.O. Box 764
Burlington, VT 05402-0764

Eastern Apicultural Society

American Beekeeping Federation
Phone: (404) 760-2875
Email: info@ABFnet.org

American Honey Producers Association
Phone:(406) 463-2227 or (406) 463-2217 
 

Beekeeping and Pollinator Journals  

The American Bee Journal
Dadant and Sons
51 S. 2nd St.
Hamilton, IL 62341

Bee Culture
A.I. Root Co.
623 W. Liberty St.
Medina, OH 44256
800-289-7668

 

2 Million Blossoms- Protecting Our Pollinators

A new quarterly dedicated to protecting our pollinators

kirsten@2millionblossoms.com

Beekeeping Books

There are many books published on all aspects of apiculture and the following brief list includes several titles of interest to beekeepers of all skill levels. Check the various bee equipment suppliers and the bee journals for titles of interest to you.

The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture
edited and written by R.A. Morse and Kim Flottum
A.I. Root Co., Medina, OH.

The Hive and the Honey Bee
edited by Dadant & Sons. 
Dadant and Sons, Inc., Hamilton, IL.

A Year in the Beeyard
Roger A. Morse
Wicwas Press
Beekeeping Education Service
P.O. Box 817
Cheshire, CT 06410-0817

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Beekeeping
by Roger A. Morse and Ted Hooper, editors
Wicwas Press
P.O. Box 817
Cheshire, CT 06410-0817

Rearing Queen Honey Bees
Roger A. Morse
Wicwas Press
P.O. Box 817
Cheshire, CT 06410-0817

Honey Bee Pests, Predators and Diseases
edited by Roger A. Morse and Kim Flottum
Cornell University Press
Ithaca, NY 14851

Beeswax: Production, Harvesting, Processing and Products
William L. Coggshall and R.A. Morse.
Wicwas Press
P.O. Box 817
Cheshire, CT 06410-0817

The Backyard Beekeeper
Kim Flottum 
Root Publications
Medina, OH

Beekeeping, A Practical Guide
Richard E. Bonney
Wicwas Press
P.O. Box 817
Cheshire, CT 06410-0817

Beekeeping Basics
MAAREC
The Pennsylvania State University
CAT AGRS-93
 

 

Honey Promotion & Information

National Honey Board
11409 Business Park Circle
Suite #210
Firestone, CO 80504.
Phone: (303) 776-2337
 

 

 

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

 

Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
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  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                           802.828.2433
  • Produce Program                  802.522.7811
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    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
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  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431