Save These Dates

MSBA has scheduled full-day meetings (which are free and open to the public) on these upcoming dates: June 13, 2020 at UMD/College Park: Dr. David Tarpy, Keynote November 7, 2020 at Maryland Department of Ag/Annapolis: Randy Oliver, Keynote February 13, 2021 at Harford County Community College: Keynote TBA June 12, 2021 at UMD/College Park: Dr. Jaime Ellis, Keynote  

Synthetic Drawn Comb: Contamination Concern

Recently, a relatively expensive foundation featuring drawn wax (but NOT beeswax) cells that are synthetically produced has come on the market. Beekeepers should be concerned to see synthetic wax combs on the market. Even if synthetic wax were chemically similar to beeswax and made of food- or pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, it is not beeswax. Using synthetic wax will degrade the quality of the products that beekeepers may give or sell to customers who expect a pure product made by bees. If Read More …

EAS In Orono: Make Your Plans!

We hear that the Eastern Apicultural Society 2020 Short Course and Conference in Orono, Maine August 3-7 is very popular, and local accommodations may be filling up fast! With the slogan, “come for the bees, stay for the vacation!” this EAS has its usual impressive array of internationally-recognized and crowd-favorite speakers, as well as a range of workshops and a children’s program. Among other super cool new features, the EAS team will be deploying a new smartphone app for the conference, Read More …

President’s Message, February 2020

First, I must give a well-deserved appreciation to outgoing MSBA President Jim Fraser. His willingness to help any beekeeper, share information, and just generally be a great all around ambassador for Maryland beekeepers will be missed. I hope to learn from his example. Well: this has been an interesting winter. The weather has been up and down so much that our bees have been impacted.  We are seeing bees going through their stores rapidly, and adding sugar blocks at a Read More …