July 31, 2015

Archive of Past Annual Meetings

Saturday, October 19, 2013    •

Theme for 2013 : Sustainability — Bee Prepared!

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


  • 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 was 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.


  •  Bee-having to Bee-keeping: Moving toward a Sustainable Bee Industry [Delaney]
  • How I Run My Chemical-free Operation [Webster)
  • Maine Update [Jadczak]
  • Making up Nucs in Midsummer [Webster]
  •  Pricing and Marketing Risk Management: Education for Honey Producers [Delaney]

2012 Theme: “Wizards of Beekeeping

Anthony M. Jadczak - State of Maine Apiarist and Bee Inspector

Saturday, October 13, 2012
Location: The Italian Heritage Center
40 Westland Avenue
Portland, ME 04102


The 2012 Annual Meeting and Conference of the Maine Beekeepers Association was hosted by the Cumberland County Beekeepers.

Jerry Hayes is a long-time beekeeper, having started with two colonies in his backyard. Of his career, Jerry says, “Can one really ever know enough about Honey Bees, I don’t think so. I was able to work at the USDA/ARS Bee Breeding and Stock Lab in Baton Rouge, LA, and then at Dadant in Michigan and Hamilton, IL. Until recently, I was the Chief of the Apiary Section for the Florida Dept. of Agriculture. At Monsanto, I am leading the efforts to control Honey Bee parasites and pathogens using non-chemical controls. I write the Classroom Q&A column in the American Bee Journal. Thanks to honey bees, I work with many of the great researchers, serve on science advisory boards and panels, [and] am on the ground floor of CCD research. Honey Bees are amazing, almost as amazing as their keepers.”

Lincoln Sennett is a long-time beekeeper and owner of Swan’s Honey in Albion, Maine.

The Practical Beekeeper by Michael Bush

Michael Bush has been keeping bees in Nebraska since the mid-1970s and currently runs about 200 hives. He is the author of The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally and is active on many of the beekeeping forums. To quote Dean Stiglitz, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beekeeping, “His writing is like his talks, with more content, detail, and depth than one would think possible with [so] few words…his website and PowerPoint presentations are the gold standard for diverse and common sen

 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.

Program Schedule

8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Coffee
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome from MSBA President, Erin MacGregor-Forbes
9:15 – 10:15 Monsanto’s Commitment to the Honey Bee Industry [Hayes]
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:30 Running Swan’s Honey, Winter “Bee Camp” in Georgia [Sennett]
11:30 – 12:00 MSBA Business
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch [vegetarian options available; indicate preference upon registering]
12:45 – 2:00 Beekeeping Fallacies [Bush]
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:30 Focusing on Maine Beekeeping: Best Practices and New Tools [Jadczak]
3:30 – 4:00 Raffle and Close

2011 Theme: “What’s Working in Beekeeping”

Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Acting State Apiarist for Pennsylvania's Department of Agriculture

Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp

Saturday October 15, 2011

Location: Ramada Conference Center
490 Pleasant Street
Lewiston, ME 04240 US


  • Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp
  • Vermont Beekeeper Michael Palmer
  • Sophie of Swan’s Honey

The 2011 Annual Meeting and Conference of the Maine Beekeepers Association was hosted by the Sagadahoc County Beekeepers.

Dennis vanEngelsdorp 

Dennis started keeping bees after taking an undergraduate course in beekeeping at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Once ‘stung’, he pursued a master’s degree in apiculture.

He has since worked for the Canadian Government as a consultant to the Antigua Beekeepers Cooperative in the West Indies. He returned north to work at Cornell University as an extensionist where he helped develop their master beekeeping program.

He has accepted a position as Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Maryland after working as the Acting State Apiarist for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, through a contract with Penn State University. He has served as the President of the Apiary Inspectors of America, and is a board member of Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Bee Board.

As one of the founding members of the Colony Collapse working group he spends considerable time investigating this latest threat to honey bee populations. In 2011, he became the Project Director for the Bee Informed Partnership, a 5 year extension grant awarded by USDA/NIFA to reduce colony losses and improve honey bee management nationwide using epidemiological techniques. Dennis has written extensively and been widely interviewed including his talk on TED (TED.com).

Michael Palmer 

Michael Palmer has been keeping bees in the northern Champlain valley for nearly forty years. To create a sustainable apiary, he raises queens and nucs that thrive in his northern climate. He believes that by producing local stocks of bees from colonies that are productive, healthy, and have the ability to withstand the long Vermont winters, we will be able to lead our bees out of the dead- end they have fallen into.


8:00 – 9:00        Registration and Coffee/Donuts
9:00 – 9:15         Welcome from MSBA President, Erin MacGregor-Forbes
9:15 – 10:30       Speaker [Palmer]
10:30 – 10:45     Break
10:45 – 12:00     Speaker [vanEngelsdorp]
12:00 – 12:45     MSBA Business
12:45 – 1:30       Hot buffet lunch w/veggie options
1:30 – 1:45         Speaker [Jadczak]
1:45 – 2:00        Speaker [Sophie of Swan’s Honey]
2:00 – 2:15       Break
2:30 – 3:30       Panel Discussion with Q&A
3:30 – 4:30       Raffle and Door Prizes
4:30 – 5:00      Last chance to visit vendors

Panel Discussion with Q&A “What’s working in Beekeeping in MAINE?” Submit a question for the panel.

Raffles & Tickets Over 100 raffle items to benefit the MSBA: a complete hive, magazine subscrip- tions, 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 were selling their wares: beekeeping equipment, bee-themed gifts and clothing, honey soda, and more!

Photo Contest Submit an unframed 4″ x 6″ (minimum) bee/beekeeping-related photograph during registration; please, only one submission per person.

Fall 2010 Portland Meeting

Saturday October 16, 2010
Location: Hannaford Hall in the Abromson Center
of the University of Southern Maine in Portland.
– Dr. Medhat Nasr, Provincial Apiculturist, Alberta, Canada
– Dr. Juliana Rangel-Posada, Postdoctoral Associate, North Carolina State University
– Anthony Jadczak, State Apiarist, Maine
Article: One Beek’s View of the 2010 Maine State Beekeepers Annual Meeting »

2010 Augusta Meeting

Location: Le Club Calumet:
334 Northern Avenue Augusta Maine 04330


8:00 – 9:00 — Registration and Coffee
9:00 – 9:15 –Welcome, President, MSBA
9:15 – 10:15 — Jennifer Berry, Comb Contamination Research, UGA Bee Lab
10:15 – 10:30 — Break
10:30 – 11:30 — Cindy Bee, Removing Bees from Buildings, Master Beekeeper
11:30 – 12:15 — Business Meeting  (Annual Report, election of officers, MSBA awards)
12:15 – 1:00 — Lunch
1:00 – 1:15 — SARE Farmer Grant Update, Erin Forbes and Larry Peiffer
1:15 – 2:15 — Cindy Bee  Talk #2
2:15 – 2:30 — Break
2:30 – 3:30 — Jennifer Berry, Talk #2
3:30 – 4:30 — Raffle and Door Prizes

Article: Summary of the MSBA 2010 Spring Meeting »

2009, Augusta Meeting


Greg Hunt
– Honey Bee Behavioral Genetics
– Trying to Breed Varroa-Resistant Bees
Ross Conrad
– CCD & Current State of Beekeeping From an Organic Perspective
– Natural Non-Toxic Varroa Control Methods

2008, Augusta
Tom Seely- House Hunting by Honey Bees:  A Study of Effective Group Decision Making
David VAnderDussen – IPM Mite Control with Mite-Away II
Tom Seely – Forrest Bees and Varroa Mites
David VanderDussen – Trends in Beekeeping

2007, Augusta
Tony Jadczak
– Current Events Regarding Honey Bees
– Best Management Practices
Mark LeClair – Keeping honeybees in the city
Carol Cottrill – Eastern Apicultural Society
Matt Scott – Honey Bee Forage

2006, Augusta
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the MSBA
Michael Palmer
Sustainable Beekeeping in the Northeast
French Hill Apiaries, St. Albans Vermont

Larry Conner
Beekeeping Consultant/Publisher, Bee Culture Columnist

2005, Augusta
Jim Tew, Ohio State University
American Foulbrood
Perspectives on Package Bees

2004, Waterville
Roger Hoopingarner, Michigan State University
Pollination Primer
Selection for Varroa Resistance
Fred Wardwell, MSBA
Making Mead

2003, Waterville
Wyatt Magnum, Mary Washington College; Bee Culture and American Bee Journal columnist
Introducing Queens
Antiques Road Show (Beekeeping Equipment)
Randy Cross, Maine IF&W
Black Bears in Maine

2002, Bath
Ann Harmon, Bee Culture Columnist
Marketing for Hobbyists
Cooking with Honey
Tony Jadczak, Maine State Bee Inspector
Pesticide Resistance/IPM

2001, Augusta
Medhat Nasr, University of Guelph
IPM and Formic Acid Use in Bee Hives
MSBA Panel Discussion
Finding Profits in Beekeeping

2000, Bangor
Clarence Collison
Dynamics of Spring Buildup
Honey from Hive to Table

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