April 17, 2014

Annual Meeting and Conference

Saturday, October 19, 2013    •

Theme for 2013 : Sustainability — Bee Prepared!

Location: The Italian Heritage Center
40 Westland Avenue
Portland, ME 04102  [ map ]

Current MSBA Membership is required to attend the Annual Meeting

Register online in the MSBA Store »

Or, register by filling out the 2013 Annual Meeting Registration Form (PDF)  and mailing it in by October 12, 2013.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr. Deborah Delaney, Assistant Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware
  • Kirk Webster, Champlain Valley Bees & Queens of Middlebury, Vermont
  • Tony Jadczak, Maine State Apiarist

The 2013 Annual Meeting and Conference of the Maine Beekeepers Association will be hosted by the Cumberland County Beekeepers.

Deborah Delaney

Dr. Deborah Delaney Assistant Professor Entomology & Wildlife Ecology University of Delaware

Dr. Deborah Delaney

I started my higher education career as a Fine Art major. I began drawing and painting insects which led me to drop out of art school and pursue a degree in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Fine Art and Entomology. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from Oregon State University. I took some time away from school for two years and worked for the U.S. Forest Service on Beetle studies, while, at the same time, expanding my home apiary to about 70 colonies. I interned with commercial queen breeders during my spring months and learned some of the industry techniques such as grafting, how to run mating nucs and make nucs for retail. In the summer of 2000 I started my graduate studies at Oregon State University in Environmental Science. My project looked at the affects of Coumaphos on drone honey bee sperm production and viability. In 2003 I started my doctorate in Entomology at Washington State University looking at the genetic diversity of commercial honey bee populations in the United States. My work to date is an extension of my doctoral work with an emphasis on unmanaged honey bee populations. Currently I have four graduate students; working on various aspects of pollinator health and productivity

Kirk Webster has owned and operated Champlain Valley Bees & Queens in Middlebury Vermont since 1986. The apiary has been completely treatment-free since 2002 and is well known for producing strong Russian queens and nucs as well as honey. Kirk describes his philosophy of beekeeping as “working directly with the bees and other living things, so that I can make a quiet living as a farmer, and remain as much as possible in continuous association with Nature.” In 2005 he became “convinced that varroa mites and commercial beekeeping could co-exist without intervention, and that even an out-of-balance parasite like varroa still shares the same best purpose with all other pests and diseases: to clearly show where our methods are unbalanced or poorly adapted; and the path back to balance, stability, resilience and health”.

Kirk Webster, Beekeeper

Kirk Webster, Beekeeper

Tony Jadczak has been the Maine State Apiarist and Bee Inspector since 1983 and has been keeping bees since he was 14. As a beekeeper, Tony modestly describes himself as a side-liner. His own hives serve as a trial yard for everything he writes about in The Bee Line, the newsletter of the MSBA. In addition to monitoring hive health statewide, answering our calls, and inspecting migratory colonies, Tony often speaks to Maine beekeeping chapters.

Tentative Program Schedule

8:00 – 8:30   Registration and Coffee

8:30 – 8:45   Welcome from MSBA President, Carol Cottrill

8:45 – 10:15 Bee-having to Bee-keeping: Moving toward a Sustainable Bee Industry [Delaney] 

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:45 How I Run My Chemical-free Operation [Webster)

11:45 – 12:15 MSBA Business

2:15 – 1:00  Lunch

1:00 – 1:45   Maine Update [Jadczak]

1:45 – 2:45  Making up Nucs in Midsummer [Webster]

2:45 – 3:00  Break and Last Call for Raffle

3:00 – 4:00  Pricing and Marketing Risk Management: Education for Honey Producers [Delaney]

4:00 – 4:15  Raffle and Close

Raffles & Tickets Over 100 raffle items to benefit the MSBA: a complete hive, including bees, from the SARE Grant yard in Jefferson, ME; an observation hive; magazine subscriptions; books; tools; bees; queens; candles; maple syrup; crafts; baked goods; gardening supplies…! You are invited to bring an item for the raffle table (not necessarily bee-related). Pre-registrants each receive one free raffle ticket at the registration table, with more available for purchase.

Vendors Various vendors will be selling their wares: beekeeping equipment, bee-themed gifts and clothing, honey soda, and more!

Accommodations The Comfort Inn near the Portland Jetport is offering discounted rooms and shuttle service if a minimum of 10 rooms are reserved for participants of this event.


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