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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.



2024 MBA Spring Conference

Keynote: Dr. David Tarpy

Dr. David Tarpy is a Professor of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University and Director of the NC State Apiculture Program, having received a BS from Hobart College, an MS from Bucknell University, a Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis, and a USDA postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University. He is broadly interested in the biology and behavior of honey bees, with projects investigating their mating system and genetic diversity, molecular and pollination ecology, oxidative stress and social immunity, disease ecology, and reproductive plasticity

2024 MBA Spring Conference

 Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Beekeepers Association will co-host free, pre-conference webinars.

Friday, March 1, 2024 and Saturday March 2, 2024

7:30 am - 6:00 pm

MSU Kellogg Center, East Lansing, MI

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Registration February 16, 2024  - March 2, 2024

$85 Members / $120 Non-Members

2 people with family membership: $150

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Online Registration is Open.


Speaker Presentations

Speaker Bios

MBA Spring Conference Registration

Vendor Table Registration

Clubs and Organizations Table Registration

The Michigan Beekeepers Association’s spring conference will be returning as a TWO-DAY event! Researchers and professional beekeepers will share their expertise in 5 separate tracks including: Beginning Beekeeping, Queens/Drones, Hive Products, Beekeeping as a Business, and Pollinator Gardens. The conference features a large vendor area to meet all your beekeeping needs and serves as a great place to talk with fellow beekeepers.

We will be having a silent auction that runs Friday through Saturday.

Friday evening entertainment includes Bee-ingo with Charlotte Hubbard, a live auction, and a cash bar. Please join us at 7:00 pm in the Lincoln Room for what is sure to be a fun night!

*Donations for both the silent and live auctions are greatly appreciated! If you have something to donate, please contact Keith Lazar at

For those with a competitive spirit, we encourage you to enter the honey show.

Honey Show Rules

Dining is available at Brody Hall across the street from the Kellogg Center.

Dining at Brody Hall

Come learn with us on March 1st and 2nd, 2024, at the Kellogg Center on Michigan State University’s campus in East Lansing!

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 your local bee club or group for those buyers in their area.

Beekeeping Workshops and Webinars MSU Extension

Upcoming Events

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

2023 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.

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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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.

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