October 30, 2014

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

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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

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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

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

MSBA Baseball Hats Now Available in 4 New Colors

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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...]

New Agritourism Law Protects Maine Beekeepers

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In April, the Governor of Maine signed a new law that protects beekeepers, farmers and others in Maine’s agritourism industry from liability. H.P. 1214 - L.D. 1605 - PUBLIC Law Chapter 609    ("An Act To Promote Agricultural Activity in Maine by Limiting the Liability for Agritourism Activities") provides this limited protection for landowners as long as they post signs stating that visitors … [Read more...]

Beekeeping Group Forming in Aroostook County

Beekeeping Group Forming in Aroostook County, Maine

Attention beekeepers: there is a chapter forming in Aroostook County… Feeling left out in the northern region of our fine state? Look no further — instead, look forward to a vibrant bee club in “the county.” Contact Melinda King for more information: wpfsuppliesu@gmail.com or 694-0118 … [Read more...]

AFB Sighted in South Portland, Near the Cape Elizabeth Town Line

Field test for American foulbrood

UPDATE: June 13, 2012: Confirmed AFB on Chestnut Street in Westbrook. Please be vigilant! American Foul Brood (AFB) has been sighted in South Portland, near the Cape Elizabeth Town Line. Article from keepMEcurrent.com with more details: Bees Under Attack Also, according to the Cumberland County Beekeepers,  "a wild hive has lived in the barn at Jordan's Farm (on Wells Road) in Cape … [Read more...]