The MSBA holds two types of meetings, board meetings for elected officers which members are welcome to attend and contribute comments, and general membership meetings featuring presentations by leading beekeepers, scientists, educators, and leaders in the field.
We hold general meetings on Saturdays in February, June, and November of each year. MSBA meetings last a full day, include nationally-known and local speakers, and generally start with refreshments at 8:30 AM and last until 4 PM. Board meetings occur one month in advance of general meetings, and are scheduled for two hours.
We are pleased to welcome Master Beekeeper and past EAS President Kent Williams as our Fall 2016 Keynote Speaker. Kent has been keeping bees for about 28 years, managing 800 or so colonies in western Kentucky. He rents bees for pollination, produces some 15,000 tons of honey annually, raises several thousand queens, and produces nucleus colonies for local beekeepers. Kent is also past president of the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association and president of the Lake Barkley Beekeepers. Kent not only teaches a 4 day beekeeping class on his farm every year, he also teaches a semester-long course on honey bees and beekeeping at a local college. His most recent EAS presentation focused on sustainable beekeeping from a number of angles and decades of experiments, experiences, and practical adaptations.
Maryland State Beekeepers Association Meetings are free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Our Fall 2016 meeting will take place November 12, 2016 at the Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD. We are in the auditorium downstairs. Doors open at 8:00 AM, our program begins at 9:00 AM, and we conclude by 4:00 PM.
Fall 2016 will also bring our 80th Annual Honey Show, an opportunity for beekeepers young and old to show their skill and pride in dozens of categories, from honey and crafts through baking and brewing, for over $1,500 in prizes.
The meeting will also feature elections, and the presentation of the George S. Imirie and Free State Beekeeper Citizenship Awards.
[Honey Show Rules & Forms Here, Meeting Agenda TBA]
Past Meetings (clicking on link will automatically download files):