Maine State Beekeepers Association

Annual Meeting and Conference

MSBA Annual Meeting 2020

Saturday, October 17th, 8:30 am
Online Zoom meeting

The 2020 Annual Meeting will be virtual (and free of charge to members) this year. Join us for a morning of presentations from nationally recognized speakers Jon Zawislak, Dr. Meghan Milbrath, and 2020 American Honey Queen, Mary Reisinger. Jennifer Lund will present the State of the State address and MSBA business meeting and elections will be held. There will also be a raffle! Everyone who registers for the meeting will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of many prizes!

Virtual meetings are very easy to navigate. An email will be sent a few days in advance with a link to be used to enter the meeting. You’ll be able to attend from the comfort of your home and ask questions of the presenters. Several beekeeping clubs are planning “watch parties” (with proper masks and social distancing) so keep an eye out for an announcement from your local club if you would like to participate in this way.

Register here

8:30 AM   Welcome

8:35 AM   Jennifer Lund, Maine State Apiarist
“State of the State Address”

9:00 AM   Jon Zawislak, University of Arkansas
“Keeping Colonies Healthy and Productive”
Honey bee colony productivity and survivorship is linked to overall health.Learn about ways to reduce stress to colonies all year to keep your bees happy and healthy.

10:10 AM   Mary Reisinger, 2020 American Honey Queen
Join Mary Reisinger as she makes her favorite seasonal dish – pecan pie! With only a few ingredients, this pie is easy to whip up in a hurry and sure to satisfy everyone. Mary will also spend some time discussing the unique promotional year that the American Honey Queen and Princess managed in 2020 and how they reached the public with messages of how honey bees are superheroes to agriculture and how honey has powerful purposes beyond the kitchen.

10:30 AM   Business Meeting   Bios for Board of Directors Nominees

11:00 AM   Dr. Meghan Milbrath, Michigan State University
“Sustainable Northern Beekeeping Using Late Season Nucs
Never buy bees again! In this talk we cover a management strategy that can help beekeepers get off the treadmill of buying bees every year. We discuss how to make replacement colonies and expansion from within your operation, so you can be self-sufficient.

*Raffles will be held during breaks between speakers.

 To view an archive of past Annual Meetings from 2001 through 2019, please click here. 



NOTE: Awards Will Not Be Given in 2020

MSBA Beekeeper of the Year, Junior Beekeeper of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations

The MSBA Beekeeper of the Year Award is given annually to a beekeeper who has demonstrated and promoted good honey bee management practices, and participated as a volunteer in the beekeeping community. The candidate must be a current member of the MSBA and can be nominated by a local chapter, a member in good standing of the MSBA or the MSBA Board of Directors. They must also currently own or manage honey bee colonies in Maine. The nomination letter should outline what the candidate has done to promote beekeeping and educate beekeepers, prospective beekeepers and the public over a period of time. Activities such as teaching bee schools, presenting to community organizations, demonstrations at fairs (county, state, horticulture or environmental), volunteering for MSBA and local beekeeping organizations, and media interviews will all be considered.

The Junior Beekeeper of the Year Award is also given when suitable nominations are received. That person must also be a member in good standing of the MSBA.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a beekeeper or a beekeeping couple who have over a period of years promoted beekeeping in Maine. Nomination letters should describe how they have reached out to the general public and other beekeepers, and should include examples of supportive activities such as teaching bee school or instructional venues, speaking to the general public, and mentoring and serving as a source of knowledge to new beekeepers.

Please email or mail forms to the MSBA president by no later than _________. Awards will be presented at the MSBA Annual Meeting in October.

A nomination form may be downloaded here, or a PDF can be e-mailed to you by contacting Please submit completed forms to: or
David Spicer
373 Hunts Meadow Rd
Whitefield, ME 04353

Dr Thomas Seeley Maine
Dr Thomas Seeley, 2009 and 2016 speaker
Dr. Jamie Ellis Maine
Dr. Jamie Ellis, 2019 speaker
Dr Dennis vanEngelsdorp Maine
Dr Dennis vanEngelsdorp, 2011 speaker