Maine State Beekeepers Association

MSBA Annual Meeting & Conference 2022
Saturday, October 15th  9am-5pm
University of Maine at Augusta 

 Check back soon for more details

Speakers at this year’s conference will be Dr Tom Seeley, author of several books on honey bee behavior and professor of Biology in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University. Dr Lewis Bartlett is a faculty research scientist at the University of Georgia between the departments of Entomology and Ecology. He works on infectious disease and parasite control alongside honey bee biology and health. Maine State Apiarist Jennifer Lund will also present “State of the State”, a review of her observations over the past year of travel around Maine and a summary of the 2021-2022 Beekeepers Survey. 

The Annual Meeting conference is an all-day gathering of beekeepers from all over the state, featuring speakers of national reputation, vendor booths,  buffet luncheon, fund-raising raffle auction and a short business meeting. Proceeds are used to support members in several way: printing and mailing of the Bee Line newsletter;  Zoom account for hosting webinars; MSBA and chapter website maintenance/hosting; and contributions to the EAS Foundation for Honey Bee Research.

Awards for MSBA Beekeeper of the Year, Junior Beekeeper of the Year and Lifetime Achievement are presented at the meeting. Click here for nominee criteria; and here for a nomination form to fill out.

An archive of past Annual Meetings
from 2001 through 2021 can be viewed here.

Due to public health precautions, the 2021 event was held online on Saturday, October 16th. Attendees watched speakers and participated in Q&As. During breaks a variety of great bee-related items were raffled off. 

Presentations focused on honey bee queens and queen issues that affect hive management. The speakers were North Carolina extension specialist in honey bee biology Dr. David Tarpy, and Massachusetts State Apiary Inspector Paul Tessier. State Apiarist Jennifer Lund provided an overview of what she’s observed during hive inspections throughout the state over the past season, as well as a summary of the annual Maine Beekeepers Survey.  You can read more about the speakers here.


8:30 am Welcome

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

9:00 am – Dr. David Tarpy, University of North Carolina  “The Quality of Commercial Queens”  Diminished queen quality and reduced longevity is a major problem experienced by beekeepers. This presentation explores the good news and the bad news when it comes to buying queens in the apiculture industry.

10:30 am – Business Meeting with Board elections
                      (meet the nominees here)

11:00 am Paul Tessier, Massachusetts State Apiary Inspector  “Practical Queen Management”  Paul will discuss how to identify queen problems and techniques to fix them.

Thank you for your support of the Maine State Beekeepers Association!

A recording of the 2021 MSBA Annual Meeting
is available to members here.

Dr Thomas Seeley Maine
Dr. Thomas Seeley
Dr Lewis Barlett
Dr. Lewis Barlett
Jennifer Lund Maine State Apiarist
Dr. Meghan Milbrath
Past Speaker Dr. Meghan Milbrath (2020)
Dr. Jamie Ellis Maine
Past Speaker Dr. Jamie Ellis (2019)
Dr Jim Tew
Past Speaker Dr. Jim Tew (2017)