President’s Message, June 2019

Wow! What a great season so far. My hives are exploding with bees and piled high with supers loaded with nectar and capped honey. I am having a hard time keeping up with them. Sadly, I see that the tulip tree bloom in my backyard is starting to fade but, there is a ton of white clover popping up and will hopefully carry the nectar flow on for a while.  I hope your season is going as well as mine. Read More …

“Ten Things That Help Maryland Bees” Flyer

MSBA recently developed a new flyer for use at public events, and is making it available for use by clubs and individuals doing pro-honey bee outreach. The state association will be printing up some copies for distribution, as well. Please contact the MSBA secretary at if you are interested in using this flyer! It is available as a high resolution PDF by clicking this link.  

Beekeeping News and Notes

Click ‘Read More’ to see the details of honey bees in the news… the first-ever vaccine for honey bee diseases! … local stock may has less to do with overwintering than was though!… royal jelly bolsters stem cells to renew themselves … deformed wing disease finds a new host in Hawaii … new mushroom extract is reducing virus levels in bees
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MSBA Elections and Board of Directors

Each November since 1908, the Maryland State Beekeepers Association has elected a leadership group dedicated to supporting our club’s mission of supporting beekeepers and beekeeping through education and outreach. Several hundred, all-volunteer officers have led and supported MSBA for 111 years! Please welcome (and thank!) your local and statewide officers: they want to be a point of contact and resource for you, and to hear what you have to say.

MSBA’s Ben Cooper Authors New Book

In December, Maryland beekeeper and MSBA officer Ben Cooper published All Nature Sings: A Devotional Guide to Animals in the Bible, including a lovely chapter on honey bees. Did you know that bees are found only 3 times in the Bible, but honey and honeycomb together get more than 60 mentions? Similar pointers about more than two dozen other animals are included, and there are three useful appendices as well. Ben says the book project took him 24 years, and Read More …