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The Michigan Beekeepers AssociatioN

    Membership in the Michigan Beekeepers Association supports Michigan bees and beekeepers. When you become a member of the Michigan Beekeepers Association (MBA), you are joining the oldest continuously operating agricultural organization in the state of Michigan, and one of the oldest beekeeping clubs in the country.


Trees for Pollinators

Michigan Beekeepers Association announces the “Trees for Pollinators” program for spring 2024. We invite local bee clubs, garden clubs, pollinator groups, arborist organizations, schools and local communities to help distribute tree seedlings.

This year we will be offering:

  • American Basswood - $20 for a 3-4' bare root tree
  • Tulip Poplar - $20 for a 3-4' bare root tree
  • Red Splendor Flowering Crabapple - $20 for a 2-3' bare root tree
  • Seven Sons - $25 for a potted 10-12" multi-stemmed tree
  • Pussy Willow - $20 for a 3-4' tree
  • Winged Sumac - $20 for three 18-24" plants

New this year: all orders will be taken through the MBA website and distributed through local groups to those buyers in their area.

Save the Date

MBA Spring Conference March 1 & 2 at the Kellogg Center

Yes we're back for two days in 2024, stand by for more updates

Guess who will be our keynote presenter . . .  Dr. David Tarpy

Dr. Dave Tarpy of North Carolina State University, is a widely recognized authority on queen behavior and honey bee genetics, and is the only individual every to receive both of EAS' highest awards: the 2016 Roger Morse Outstanding Teaching/Extension Service/Regulatory Award and the Hambleton.

2023  MBA Fall Conference Review

 MBA hosted a fall conference that did not disappoint .  On October 21, beekeepers trekked to Clare, MI to the Doherty Hotel.

Those in attendance broadened their beekeeping horizons with excellent lectures and activities, kibitzed with old friends and colleagues and made new ones.

Photo Gallery

Beekeeping Workshops and Webinars from MSUU

Upcoming Events

Michigan Honey Festival

While the lower half of the state had a torrential down pour, the Michigan Honey Festival was blessed with clear sky’s, making for a delightful couple of days in mid July and a fantastic gathering of old time beekeepers, new and wanna bees. Literally hundreds of coloring books and seed packets were distributed, much equipment picked up minus the shipping cost and friendships rekindled.

Problem and Unwanted Bees

If you have a swarm hanging in your tree or a colony living in your wall, you may need a beekeeper!  Many beekeepers will remove swarms. Some will do cut-outs. Not sure what the difference is? Or even if your "bees" are honey bees? Click below for more information.


Lists of beekeepers who can remove swarms or colonies for you. 

Swarm Removal


If you aren't sure what you have, please check out our page on Unwanted Bees (link at left).

Keep Your Bees Safe from Bears

Keep Yogi out of your bee yard!

Bear fence plans from the Michigan DNR and Scientific Beekeeping.

A refuge for pollinators: A case study of establishing large-scale pollinator habitat on marginal farmland using federal funds

Heather Chapman and Meghan Milbrath, Michigan State University, Department of Entomology - September 27, 2022

Establishing a pollinator refuge through the National Resource Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program in southern Michigan.

There are many ways to support pollinator health by planting flowers. This case study provides one example of establishing pollinator habitat in southern Michigan by participating in the National Resource Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program.


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