The Maine State Beekeepers Association, Inc. was founded in 1976. The purpose of this organization is to promote education in matters related to bees and beekeeping, to assist its affiliate Associations and Chapters in promoting successful beekeeping in the State of Maine, to foster congeniality among the State’s Beekeepers, and to perform all other acts appropriate to a non-profit organization in serving its members.
The honey bee was adopted by the Maine Legislature in 1975 as the official state insect, and it is part of this organization’s objective to protect and foster the honey bee’s beneficial use to the State of Maine.
Our five hundred-plus members include everyone from single-colony hobbyists to professional beekeepers and commercial pollinators, and they represent all levels of beekeeping experience and expertise. We sponsor an annual meeting every fall, maintain a library of print, video, and beekeeping resource materials, and publish a bi-monthly newsletter, The Bee Line. The Maine State Beekeepers Association has local chapter affiliates throughout the state.
MSBA members are welcome to attend board meetings, held on the third Thursday of each winter month, in Augusta. Feel free to contact any board member with questions, comments, and ideas about how MSBA can better serve the Maine beekeeping community.
We are proud to be able to collectively support important scientific research. Currently $1 (7% of regular annual dues) is donated to the EAS Foundation for Honey Bee Research, a competitive grant program developed from donations received from beekeepers and others interested in funding research on topical problems in honey bees. Proposals for support are annually solicited.
The MSBA prohibits discrimination against current or prospective members on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristics.