In our first keynote of the year, MSBA is honored to welcome Dr. Deborah Delaney, assistant professor of entomology and wildlife ecology in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the University of Delaware. Dr. Delaney is an expert in honey bee genetics, the evolutionary biology of honey bees, pollination ecology, and the world of feral bees. She has used her deep background in genetics, the history of beekeeping in North America, and work in Dr. David Tarpy's lab to develop a unique understanding of survivor bees! Recent research projects look at native and bumble bees as well. Dr, Delaney continues to publish with Dr. Tarpy and Dr. Tom Seeley of Cornell. In addition, Dr. Delaney is a 2015 recipent of UD’s Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising Award.
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! You also can choose which plate number you want from among those available. [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]