September 17, 2014

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...]

New Agritourism Law Protects Maine Beekeepers


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: 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 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...]

Sacopee Valley Tri-County Club Forming

Sacopee Valley Tri-County Club Forming

A new chapter is being formed. We're calling ourselves the Sacopee Valley Beekeepers Club. Meetings will be held the third Wednesday of every month from 7-9 p.m. We are planning to take turns hosting at our homes, which right now includes Cornish, Limington and West Baldwin. No member will be required to host meetings - all are welcome to join, whether they want to host meetings or … [Read more...]

Workshops Swarm Prevention, Management, and Capture & Summer Nucs

How to Make Summer Nucs - Hands-on Workshop

Cumberland County Beekeepers Association will be presenting two hands-on workshops this Spring. Don't miss the chance to take your beekeeping to the next level with these workshops run by an EAS Master Beekeeper, and the President of the Maine State Beekeepers Association. Swarm Prevention, Management, and Capture Wednesday April 25th, 2012 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Location: Mabel I. Wilson … [Read more...]