March 27, 2015

Show Support for Beekeeper Limited Liability Law

Open Hive

There will be a PUBLIC HEARING on Thursday, April 04, 2013, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 214 on the beekeeper limited liability law that MSBA has requested. We need to support the formation of a Working Group to get this bill moving forward. If you can attend the meeting to show support it would be great – if not please send testimonials or an email of support. Address the emails to the ACF … [Read more...]

2013 Bee Informed Partnership Surveys – Deadline Extended to Midnight April 30th

Bee Informed Partnership Logo

The Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) is a USDA/NIFA (U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture) funded project with the stated goal of reducing colony losses. The program is a collaboration of research institutions, Universities and beekeepers in the US.  It is now time for your active participation! To receive a personalized invitation to participate in Bee … [Read more...]

EAS 2013 to be held in West Chester, Pennsylvania August 5-9

EAS 2013 to be held in West Chester, Pennsylvania August 5-9

Easter Apiculture Society presents the 2013 EAS Conference and Short Course, hosted by Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association, at West Chester University West Chester, Pennsylvania on August 5-9, 2013. Located 25 miles west of Philadelphia International airport, EAS 2013 will feature Local, Regional and National Experts giving lectures and workshops, plus a long list of other beekeeping … [Read more...]

Huffington Post: Erin MacGregor-Forbes: Master Beekeeper

Erin MacGregor-Forbes, Master Beekeeper and Past President of the Maine Beekeepers Association

Erin MacGregor-Forbes, Master Beekeeper and Past President of the Maine State Beekeepers Association has been featured on the Huffington Post. "It's no secret to novice hobby beekeepers in Maine that EAS Certified Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes knows her way around honey bees. From her base in Portland, Maine Forbes is most likely to be found amidst a whirlwind of activity between … [Read more...]

Register Now for the Maine Beekeepers Annual Meeting and Conference

The Practical Beekeeper by Michael Bush

Registration Deadline: October 3, 2012 Registration is now open for the Maine State Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting and Conference taking place on Saturday, October 13, 2012. You can register online or via regular mail.  Details here » Location: The Italian Heritage Center 40 Westland Avenue Portland, ME 04102 2012 Theme: Wizards of Beekeeping Confirmed Speakers: Jerry … [Read more...]

Call for Beekeeper of the Year Nominations


Each year the Maine State Beekeepers Association recognizes the contributions of two special Maine beekeepers by awarding them Beekeeper of the Year and Junior Beekeeper of the Year. These awards will be presented at the MSBA Annual meeting on October 13, 2012. We would like to encourage each chapter of the MSBA to nominate someone for each of these awards. Criteria is based on commitment to … [Read more...]

HopGuard Recieves Section 18 Emergency Exemption in Maine


Maine State Apiarist Tony Jadczak reports that he received word of EPA approval today for a "Section 18 Emergency Exemption" in Maine for the use of HopGuard. He notes that only 3 applications are allowed for the remainder of 2012, not 6 per the following paragraph. Section 18 of Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizes EPA to allow an unregistered use of a … [Read more...]

Penquis Beekeepers to host Ross Conrad on September 24, 2012

Ross Conrad Portrait

Penquis Beekeepers is pleased to be hosting a workshop, “Overwintering bees and Spring Management and stress reduction in Beehives naturally” with Ross Conrad on Monday, September 24, 2012 at the Dexter Town Hall, 10 Hall Street in Dexter, Maine at 7:00 p.m. Ross Conrad has learned his craft from world-renowned beekeeper and apitherapist, Charles Mraz, and Charlie’s son Bill.  Conrad is a … [Read more...]

Bee-Themed Licence Plates


Email us your bee-themed vehicles. … [Read more...]

MSBA Baseball Hats Now Available in 4 New Colors


Show your Maine Beekeeper pride with a comfortable 100% cotton hat. Now available in 4 new colors:  Blue, Gold, Green, and Red.  We still have some Tan ones left over from last year, too. So head on over to the MSBA Store and pick one up.       … [Read more...]