April 19, 2018

Annual Meeting and Conference

Saturday, October 14, 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm (registration begins at 8:00 am)

Oceanside High School
400 Broadway
Rockland, Maine

Hosted by the Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers

Current MSBA Membership is required to attend the Annual Meeting

Confirmed Speakers:

Dr. Jim Tew,  Beekeeping Specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University and Emeritus Professor, The Ohio State University

Dr. James Tew is the Beekeeping Specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University and Emeritus Professor, The Ohio State University.  Jim has taught classes, provided extension services, and conducted applied research on honey bees and honey bee behavior – specifically pollination behavior.  He received the first EAS Roger A. Morse Teaching/Extension/Regulatory Award.  He contributes monthly articles for national beekeeping publications and has written: Beekeeping Principles, Wisdom for Beekeepers, The Beekeeper’s Problem Solver, and Backyard Beekeeping.  He is a frequent speaker at state and national meetings and has traveled extensively to observe beekeeping techniques.

Dr. Anita Collins is a retired US Department of Agriculture research geneticist and is a recognized authority on honey bee behavior and genetics. Her research involved cryopreservation of honey bee semen as a collaborator with USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, MD.  In addition, Dr. Collins was the research leader at the Honey Bee Research Laboratory, ARS, USDA in Weslaco, TX in cooperation with the USDA Interagency Technical Working Group on the Africanized honey bee colony, its defense behavior and alarm communication.  Currently, Dr. Collins is a member of the native bee survey group coordinated by US Geological Survey (USGS) and is trapping and identifying native species in the Pocono Mountain and Lehigh Gap areas of northeastern PA.  She continues to serve as the president of the Board of Directors of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

Lincoln Sennett and his wife Karen own a farm in Maine that has been in their family for over 100 years and kept bees to pollinate their crops (mostly blueberries). In 2002, they bought Swan’s Honey. Since then, they’ve expanded their bee operation and now harvest, package, and market Swan’s honey as well as produce and sell candles and balm. In addition, Lincoln is active in the beekeeping community, teaches beekeeping and provides pollination services to other farmers, some as far away as Florida (for the orange and other crops).  Their local honey production is generally blueberry and clover.

Jennifer Lund is the Maine State Apiarist and Bee Inspector.  She has a Master’s degree in Entomology from the University of Maine and almost 20 years of entomological experience. Before becoming the State Apiarist, she was a research technician in the entomology department at UMaine Orono.  Her work over the years includes:  a national colony collapse disorder study; honey bee colony health comparisons of top bar and Langstroth hives; integrated Varroa mite control effectiveness; the role of honey bees as vectors of blueberry disease; sub-lethal effects on colonies to low-level pesticide exposure; and health of migratory hives arriving in Maine for blueberry pollination.  Lund is passionate about honey bee health and helping beekeepers succeed.  Aside from managing the honey bee inspection program and helping Maine beekeepers protect their hives, she manages several of her own colonies at her farm in Argyle Township.



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