Four our June 18 keynote, MSBA is honored to welcome Phil Craftm, well known to many of us from the Heartland Apicultural Society and a regular contrbutor to BeeCulture Magazine.
Phil served as the Kentucky State Apiarist from 1999 through 2011 and is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio (BA in biology), and of the University of Kentucky. Phil continues to communicate with beekeepers through his “Ask Phil” question/answer column which appears monthly, and through his webpage, Philcrafthivecraft.com. He is also the U.S. technical adviser for Veto-pharma, the maker of Apivar. A native of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, he now lives out in the sticks in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky near Lexington with his family, a very old dog, and some bee hives.
We will also welcome Prof. Robert Broadrup of Haverford College, who would like local beekeeper help in exploring the role of scents for diagnosing conditions inside the hive: Prof. Broadrup just received a grant for this research.
Most consumers might assume that they can be sure that the contents of a honey bear or a honey jar picked up at the store contain what is written on the label, but in recent years sometimes that has not been the case. This year, the MSBA worked with Del. Kathy Afzali to protect Maryland's consumers and beekeepers from the harm caused by fraudulent or adulterated honey.
Maryland now has a law, passed unanimously, that means if "honey" is on the label, that's what you are putting on your table. And you can learn more about what that matters. [details]
The Maryland State Beekeepers Association has its own license plate! If you join us, you can apply for the license plate! Wheverver you go, you will show your support for Free State honey bees! [more]
MSBA was founded in 1908 with the goal of educating beekeepers and the public on the importance and scientifically-informed practice of beekeeping. We welcome your support as we advocate for bees and beekeeping. [more]
Maryland's Apiary Inspectors are the guardians of hive health in our state, as well as friendly experts you can call with a question or a crisis, and they could use your help, too. [more]