The purpose of this organization is to promote education in matters related to bees and beekeeping, to assist its affiliate associations and chapters in promoting successful beekeeping in the State of Maine; to foster congeniality among the state’s beekeepers, and to perform all other acts appropriate to a non-profit organization in serving its members.
The honey bee was adopted by the Maine Legislature in 1975 as the official state insect, and it is part of this organization’s objective to protect and foster the honey bee’s beneficial use to the State of Maine.
Our six hundred-plus members represent all levels of expertise and experience, from backyard hobbyists to part- and full-time beekeeping business owners and commercial pollinators.
We sponsor an annual meeting held at different locations around the state every fall, maintain a website with beekeeping resources and useful information, host webinars on a variety of topics presented by experts in their fields, and publish a bi-monthly newsletter, The Bee Line. The Maine State Beekeepers Association has local chapter affiliates throughout the state.
MSBA members are welcome to attend board meetings, held on the third Thursday of each month in Augusta. Feel free to contact any board member with questions, comments, and ideas about how MSBA can better serve you and the Maine beekeeping community.
We are proud to be able to collectively support important scientific research. Currently $1 (7% of regular annual dues) is donated to the EAS Foundation for Honey Bee Research, a competitive grant program developed from donations received from beekeepers and others interested in funding research on topical problems in honey bees. Proposals for support are annually solicited.
The MSBA prohibits discrimination against current or prospective members on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristics.