The Benefits of an MSBA Membership
We extend a welcome to anyone interested – you don’t have to be an active beekeeper.
MSBA’s principal goals are to educate and inform Maine beekeepers on the theory and practice of sound beekeeping, to represent the interests of beekeepers before the state legislature and in the statewide agricultural community, and to provide information about bees and beekeeping to the public-at-large. Our membership represents every level of experience and expertise, from backyard hobbyists to large commercial outfits. Dues are $15 per year.
Up-to-date information is posted on beekeeping in Maine, including a monthly calendar of what you should be doing in the bee yard; event links, tips from experienced beekeepers and how-to videos.
The Bee Line
Our newsletter is published bi-monthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. Articles cover a wide range of topics relevant to Maine beekeepers, including seasonal management, honey bee health, queen rearing, swarm control and much more. You may choose to receive a printed version of the Bee Line through US mail, or it can be accessed in the online Members Only portal.
A comprehensive list of beginner and intermediate beekeeping classes throughout the state is compiled annually, so that you can acquire the essential skills you’ll need to become a great beekeeper.
Timely webinars include a visual component about a wide variety of subjects by highly experienced beekeepers. Some recent topics have been preparing honey show entries, spring management and making splits. Q&A sessions are held at the end of each session. Recordings of each webinar will be available soon for viewing on a private, members-only YouTube channel.
Annual Meeting and Conference
This all-day gathering of beekeepers from all over the state features speakers of national reputation, a buffet luncheon, and a fund-raising raffle. There is a charge for admission above membership dues, which are required to attend.
Support of Beekeeping Research
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 printable membership form is available if you prefer to mail in with a check.
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