We all depend on the survival of bees

Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities.

Pollination is, however, a fundamental process for the survival of our ecosystems. Nearly 90% of the world’s wild flowering plant species depend, entirely, or at least in part, on animal pollination, along with more than 75% of the world’s food crops and 35% of global agricultural land. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity.

To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day.

The goal is to strengthen measures aimed at protecting bees and other pollinators, which would significantly contribute to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in developing countries.

We all depend on pollinators and it is, therefore, crucial to monitor their decline and halt the loss of biodiversity.


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To Our Members & Guests -
It is my privilege and pleasure to welcome you to the Virginia State Beekeepers Association website and to represent the VSBA as president!

My name is Martha Kiene and like most of you I've been a beekeeper for many years. We are fortunate to have a great leadership team that is fully committed to VSBA and continues to go the extra mile in building this association, while carrying out the many worthwhile projects that we undertake for the benefit of our beekeeping community.

The recent restrictions with COVID-19 has certainly put a damper on our 2020 plans for live meetings, conferences, and our goal of meeting you. We encourage all members to keep strong during our struggles with COVID-19 restrictions and to maintain your enthusiasm, and commitment to beekeeping.  We're looking forward to a bright 2021 and getting to know each of you a little better.  

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VSBA offers a master beekeeper education program to educate beekeepers that includes testing and certification for those interested in learning successful apiary management.


As a group, VSBA supports our members to help maintain vibrant local beekeeping organizations by providing educational programs and tools, improve relations between Beekeepers, Government Agencies, and the Public, promote and maintain industry connections at the State, National, and International level, and to fund, promote and enhance beekeeping research.

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Visit our Newsletter page for the latest VSBA news articles, Updates from our State Apiarist, Information on our next meeting and more...

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Donations to the Virginia State Beekeepers Association go to further beekeeper education, fund pollinator research and provide resources for current and aspiring beekeepers in Virginia.

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