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Master Beekeeper Program of the Virginia State Beekeepers Association

On June 22, 2013 the Virginia State Beekeepers Association (VSBA) membership voted to develop a VSBA Master Beekeeper Program (MBP). The membership also voted that Mr. Frank S. Walker would be the program Chairman.

The Chairman will develop a VSBA MBP Committee and introduce them in the VSBA Fall Newsletter, on the VSBA web page and to the membership at the VSBA fall membership conference held November 2, 2013. The committee will be composed of the VA State Apiarist, the current VSBA President and mostly other VSBA members who have successfully completed a Master Beekeeper certification with other beekeeping associations.

The MBP committee will assist with all aspects of the program, including testing, grading and reporting the results. Additionally, the MBP Committee will keep a data base for all levels mentioned above, and be responsible for issuing the proper certification certificates to the VSBA beekeepers for each level completed. Certificates will be presented at the annual Spring and Fall VSBA membership conference.

At this time, and subject to change, the Master Beekeeper Program of the VSBA consists of 3 levels, namely: the QUALIFIED beekeeper level; the CERTIFIED beekeeper level, and the MASTER BEEKEEPER level. The requirements for each level are being established and once completed will be posted on the VSBA website www.virginiabeekeepers.org, under the heading Master Beekeeper.

The VSBA MBP is not affiliated with the VA MBP managed through Virginia Tech (VT).  However, all VSBA beekeepers who have successfully completed testing at the Qualified & Certified levels of the VA MBP, can notify the VSBA MBP Chairman in writing that they want their testing certifications to be transferred to the VSBA MBP. All requests must also include a copy of the VT Certificate of Completion for the level completed. The VSBA MBP Committee will approve all requests received on or before December 31, 2013. After this date, all beekeepers must enter the MBP at the Qualified Beekeeper testing level.

Frank S. Walker
VSBA MBP Chairman
E-mail: mail@norfolkbeekeeper.net

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Fall Meeting Scheduled!

The VSBA Fall meeting date has been set for Saturday, November 9 (note the new date - SECOND Sat in Nov) at Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, Va.

Mark your calendars - more details to follow!

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VSBA 2012 Spring Conference Announced!

ATTENTION ALL BEEKEEPERS: Please mark your calendar and join us at the VSBA Spring Beekeeping conference. We will host several of the Nation's top beekeeping experts as our guest speakers. Their dynamic presentations will provide a glimpse into current honeybee research projects underway across the country as well as provide tips and methods so we can improve our current beekeeping operations. Their presentations will be of interest to every level of beekeeper from our first/second year members to the beekeeping experts we all consult at our local clubs.

The continued success of these annual VSBA conferences depends on your participation and involvement. Together, we can achieve sustainable apiaries as we strive to communicate best practices and lessons learned shared among our membership.

Bring your family, friends, invite a neighbor, or a colleague and join us March 23-24 for another fun and friendly opportunity to "TALK Bee's" with the experts.

Frank S. Walker
VSBA President

We should have registration information available on the site soon!

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Fall State Meeting Update and the VSBA Newsletter

We have started to secure speakers and vendors for the Fall meeting. In addition, the registration form is now available. Sign up now to get the early bird discount! For more information click here.

In addition, the Fall Newsletter has gone out. As usual, there is a lot of good stuff for Virginia Beekeepers - it has been added to our newsletter collection.

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Pictures from the Spring Meeting

Pam Jewett-Bullock took several pictures at the June meeting! We have created a slide-show here! There are great pictures of the organizers, some of our vendors and the actual presentations.

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Fall Meeting Scheduled!

The Fall State Meeting has been scheduled. Based on the huge success of the Spring/Summer meeting, you will not want to miss this one. We are currently working on the program and will update you here the moment it is finalized. More information to come soon on registration.

VSBA Fall Meeting
When: Saturday November 5, 2011
Where: Blue Ridge Community College
1 College Lane,
Weyers Cave, VA 24486
Hosted by: Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association

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