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Welcome to the University of Vermont Extension Pollinator Program

The purpose of this effort is to support the adoption of farm practices that promote the well-being of pollinators, through education and applied research, in collaboration with other agencies, organizations. and people doing similar work. 

Pollinators are essential to the production of many food crops. More than 100 U.S. grown crops rely on pollinators, which add an estimated $18 billion in crop production revenue. Pollinators also support healthy ecosystems needed for clean air, stable soils, and a diverse wildlife. 

Both wild and domesticated pollinators are at risk. Honeybees are of concern nationwide, as the number of hives has decreased from 6 million in the 1940’s to about 2.5 million today. Wild pollinators such as some species of bumblebees are also in serious decline.  The reasons for these declines include exposure to parasites and pesticides, loss of floral abundance and diversity due to changes in land use, and habitat destruction which limits nesting sites for wild pollinators.

The good news is that there are many well-described practices that farmers and other landowners can take to support pollinator health. This web site includes a collection of links to information that is relevant to pollinator health in agricultural settings in Vermont and the region. 

The education and applied research provided by this program are primarily funded through grants and gifts, and we welcome your support.

Farming Practices to Support Pollinators

General

Agroforestry

Apples

Blueberries

Gardens

Pasture and Hay

Pumpkins and Squash

Events and Projects

Blueberry Pollinator Monitoring and IPM. North Hollow Berry Farm, Stowe VT. June 2, from 4-6 pm.

Supporting Pollinators on Diversified Farms. MOFGA Farmer to Farmer Conference presentation  11/3/21. Laura Johnson, University of Vermont Extension

 

Click here to make a donation in support of the program. Thank You!

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  For more information about this program, contact:

  Laura Johnson, UVM Extension Pollinator Support Specialist

  Vern Grubinger, UVM Extension Vegetable and Berry Specialist

The Vermont Bee Lab provides free diagnostic testing for Vermont honey beekeepers. Available diagnostic tests include Nosema and Varroa mites. To learn how to submit samples of potentially infected hives or deadouts for Nosema or Varroa mites, please visit the Vermont Bee Lab website.

 

The State of Vermont Apiary Program works to ensure that Vermont honey beekeepers comply with the Chapter 172 Inspection of Apiaries and supports Vermont's honey beekeeping industry through education, outreach and promotion, with a focus on honeybee disease and pest mitigation. For intormation email AGR.bees@vermont.gov or call the state Apiary Inspector and Pollinator Health Specialist, Brooke Decker at 802-272-6688.

 

The Vermont Beekeepers Association promotes the general welfare of Vermont's Honey Industry, while sustaining a friendly body of unity among the state's beekeepers.  This non-profit organization supports the community of honey beekeepers of all levels and offers many learning opportunities for beekeepers among other services to support beekeeping in Vermont. See the association's website for details.