October 22, 2014

Pollinator Health and Safety Conference – November 20, 2014 – Portland

Pollinator Health and Safety Conference - November 20, 2014 - Portland

    November 20, 2014 Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks 200 Sable Oaks Drive South Portland, ME 04106 Co-Sponsored By The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry For more information: http://umaine.edu/agriculture/pollinator-conference/   TENTATIVE SCHEDULE 8:00 am-   Registration and Check-in 8:30 am-    Welcome and Overview Moderator … [Read more...]

Honey-Tasting Contest at 2014 Annual Meeting

Maine raw honey samples entered into the York County Beekeepers Honey Contest

  The Maine State Beekeepers Association will be holding a honey-tasting contest at the 2014 Annual Meeting. A traditional Black Jar is a 'blind-tasting' with covered jars, so that the judges (annual meeting attendees) see neither the number nor the color or type of jar,  and dole tastes on the tip of black plastic sip straws. The black cancels any trace of the honey's color, while … [Read more...]

Registration is Open for the 2014 MSBA Annual Meeting and Conference

Dr. Dewey M. Caron

Saturday, October 18, 2014 Confirmed Speakers Dr. Dewey Caron Tony Jadczak Erin MacGregor-Forbes Matt Scott Raffles, Vendors and much more! Complete information on the Annual Meeting  » Hosted by the Penobscot County Beekeepers Hampden Academy, Hampden 89 Western Ave Hampden, ME 04444 Register online in the MSBA Store »  Register by Mail » (PDF) Registration … [Read more...]

Significant Outbreak of American Foulbrood (AFB) in the Bowdoinham Area

American Foulbrood (AFB)

Attention Beekeepers In The Bowdoinham Area I have found a significant outbreak of American foulbrood (AFB) in the Bowdoinham area. Hives weakened by the disease were robbed by other hives in the area. There are few registered beekeepers in the area. Please be on the lookout for AFB and questionable or abnormal brood patterns (see examples at right). If beekeepers in the area would … [Read more...]

Free Webinar on Allergic Reactions to Insect Stings July 24, 2014

Removing bee stings - speed matters, method doesn't

Allergy & Asthma Network AnnouncesFree Webinar on Allergic Reactions to Insect Stings Thursday, July 24 at 7:00 pm Eastern timeVIENNA, Va., July 10, 2014 -- Allergy & Asthma Network, a leading nonprofit patient education organization, invites you to join its“2014 Venom Allergy 101” webinar on July 24, 2014, at 7 pm Eastern time. This webinar is perfect for the summer as stinging insects … [Read more...]

Video for People who have Questions about Plants and Neonicotinoids

neonicotinoids-video

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Eastern Apiculture Society Annual Conference 2014

Eastern Apiculture Society Annual Conference 2014

July 28-August 1, 2014 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, Kentucky More information:  easternapiculture.org … [Read more...]

Backwoods Bee Farm Hosting Overwintering Nuc Workshop June 28, 2014

Chris Rogers

Backwoods Bee Farm will be hosting the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association overwintering nuc workshop at their home apiary this year. The purpose of this class is to teach beekeepers sustainable beekeeping practices through the use and management of nucleus colonies. Participants can take home a nuc kit and a northern raised Russian queen from Warm colors apiaries in Mass. The nuc … [Read more...]

Queen Grafting Workshop June 14th

Queen Grafting - image from coloss.org

Bee Pride in Lebanon will have a queen grafting workshop on June 14th with Khara from Sorority House Queens and later a presentation of her experience with the Farmer to Farmer program with bees in Nicaragua. For more info on these two events please email directly: peggy@beepride.com or visit their website: beepride.com … [Read more...]

Agricultural Council of Maine (AGCOM)

MSBA booth at Maine’s 2014 Agricultural Trade Show. Nick Kelley (Western Maine Beekeepers Association) shows a sampling of Maine honey.

by Barbi Ives, Sacopee Valley Beekeepers’ Club president   For over a year, I have been representing the MSBA at AGCOM meetings. AGCOM meets on the last Tuesday of every month of the year except December. The MSBA is one of 19 regular, 13 associate, and 8 ex-officio members of this council. Members include commodity group representatives; investment organizations; universities and … [Read more...]