Welcome to MSBA

MSBA is a non-profit membership organization of beekeepers in Maine, dedicated to education, using best practices and honey bee health. Affiliated with local chapters throughout the state, MSBA also works with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to promote the honey bee, products of the hive and initiatives to support beekeepers. 

MSBA sells hats in the online shop!


Did you know that as a member of MSBA you can access any of the past webinars online? Access them here
Here are the remaining scheduled webinars for 2024.

  • 07/23/24 7:00 PM EST Anne Frey, "Oops, Mistakes We've All Made" Sponsored by Betterbee
  • 08/29/24 7:00 PM EST Cameron Jack, "Recent research related to the efficacy and timing of oxalic acid in honey bee colonies" Sponsored by Swans Honey
  • 09/24/24 7:00 PM EST Dr. David Peck, "Small Hive Beetle Biology" Sponsored by Betterbee
  • 11/19/24 7:00 PM EST Jen Lund, Maine State Apiarist- 'The Buzz 101' Sponsored by Green Bee Soda

State Apiarist Jen Lund inspecting a hive
Annual Hive Registration is Due


Register Your Hives by June 15th (or now!)
Anyone who keeps honey bees in Maine must register their hives with the Maine Department of Agriculture. This apiary license is valid for a 12–month period, from mid-June. You will receive a renewal form in the mail if you registered in 2023. There is an option to be listed as a swarm catcher, and beekeepers who provide their email address will be included on important updates regarding pests and diseases, as well as educational opportunities.

Licensing Information and Apiary Application

A swarm of honeybees


It’s time to register your apiaries! Maine’s first honey flows start at the very end of May/early June so add honey supers to hives as needed. Manage for swarm prevention by equalizing hives and making splits/nucs.
Honey bee colonies hit their peak during this month. Add empty honey supers as needed. You can harvest honey when the honey flow slows (usually the end of July) or hold filled supers in a cool, protected location until the fall to evaluate whether the honey is needed for overwintering. Monitor Varroa populations. A mite treatment may be necessary prior to supering for the fall honey flow.