July 31, 2014

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...]

Past-President Extraordinaire – Jacky Hildreth

Cumberland County Chapter Past President Jacky Hildreth

Last night the Cumberland County Chapter of MSBA honored Jacky Hildreth as he completed his 7th year as president of the chapter.  During his tenure, the chapter grew from 35 members to over 230 today.  Jacky has been a generous and tireless leader.  He  teaches beekeeping courses and is a mentor to many beekeepers.  He became a Master Beekeeper last year.  The chapter recognized his rich … [Read more...]

National Honey Princess at the Fryeburg Fair this Week

Emily Campbell is this year's National Honey Princess.

Emily Campbell is this year's National Honey Princess. She is a pre-vet major from Minnesota and has bees on her family farm. She is having a great time at the fair - even entered the skillet toss competition and threw 37 feet. Stop by and visit her at the Fryeburg Fair this week. fryeburgfair.com   … [Read more...]

Annual Meeting and Conference Mobile App

Annual Meeting and Conference Mobile App

The Maine State Beekeepers Association has nifty way for you to have the schedule of the Annual Meeting and Conference in your pocket - with a Mobile App. As you have certainly registered by now, this will be a handy tool, for sure. Simply go to this URL on your smartphone (iPhone or Android) and follow the directions. http://my.yapp.us/YEDEUD (requires installing a free app). We … [Read more...]