Memphis Area Beekeepers AssociationP.O. Box 38028, Germantown, TN 38183 /////// Meeting Location: 7777 Walnut Grove Rd. | Memphis, TN 38120
Welcome to the Memphis Area Beekeepers Association webpages.
We are a club of professionals and amateurs interested in beekeeping in and around the Mid-South. We are a diverse group, the one thing we have in common is that we are interested in bees and beekeeping. Some of us have many hives and others have none. We all love honey and honeybees!
Want to join the club? Download a 2020 Memphis Area Beekeepers Registration Form, and mail it to us (address is on the form), or bring it with your payment to our next meeting.
We are now on Facebook and Twitter, please follow us! All MABA-sponsored events will be posted here as well as on Facebook and Twitter. These will include MABA meetings, short courses, field days, and other beekeeping events throughout the Mid-South that may be of interest to members and the public.
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Do you have a swarm at your house that needs to be removed? Or bees in your house? Click the 2020 List of Independent Beekeepers for Swarm Removals to see a list of names and phone numbers of MABA members willing to remove swarms or honeybees from your home.
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March 23, 2020 – A message from Mike Studer, TN State Apiarist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture –
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has deemed that the protection of our food supply is an essential service. TDA will continue service to citizens while maintaining the health and safety of employees. TDA will communicate with employees regularly and any time additional information becomes available. TDA will provide guidance to inspectors during this time of uncertainty and rapid change. All meetings are cancelled until further notice. At the present time all scheduled Apiary inspections will be conducted on schedule. With the rapidly changing situation that may change at any time. If it becomes necessary to suspend inspections for a period of time, I will notify the beekeepers of the change. At this time anyone scheduled for an inspection that has reason to believe they may have been exposed to anyone that has covid-19 or that is feeling ill please inform your inspector so that precautions can be taken to reduce the spread of covid-19. If the few inspectors we have become infected that would cause an unnecessary delay for everyone needing inspections and the sale of bees this spring. This pandemic has hit us at the worst time of the year for the beekeeping industry.
April 9-11, 2020 – CANCELLED –
Kent Williams will host the 2020 Kent Williams Bee School in Wingo, KY. Activities begin at 9 am each morning and end about 4 pm.
“It is with great sadness I must notify you that our Lake Barkley Beekeepers/ Kent Williams Bee School will be postponed to a later date yet to be determined in accordance with CDC guidelines to reduce exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Please note we will are preparing details to host small gatherings of 10 or less for beginning beekeepers and queen rearing classes to be held on the same dates. The small classes will require pre-registration and the number of classes offered will be determined by the number of interested persons. Please watch our Facebook page for more details.
President, Lake Barkley Beekeepers Association
April 13, 2020 – MABA April 2020 Meeting – CANCELLED – Y’all, the Agricenter has cancelled this meeting due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, AKA the COVID-19-causing coronavirus. We will be in contact with our current members in the days ahead. While we weather the days ahead, stay socially connected yet physically distanced, so that we can all come back together when the storm has passed. Bee well and bee safe!
May 11, 2020 – MABA May 2020 Meeting – This meeting is CANCELLED, unless the May newsletter indicates we can meet at the Agricenter like normal. Bee well and bee safe!
July 6-8, 2020 – Heartland Apicultural Society 2020 – CANCELLED –
meeting will be in Evansville, Indiana! HAS 2020 will be hosted by the University of Southern Indiana. More details coming soon including registration, speakers, our queen rearing class, lodging, and much more. This meeting will have everything you need at any level of beekeeping. Evansville, Indiana is 285 miles, so only a 5 hour ride!
From the Tennessee Department of Agriculture: Consider registering your apiary and commercially grown crops sensitive to pesticides with the FieldWatch program, developed by Purdue University in response to the recent dicamba overspray events of the last few years. Read more about it here.
Honeybee Tennessee license plate
There’s a chance to get a TN Honeybee ? license plate. They need 1,000 Preorders.
We meet at 7 P.M., every second Monday of the month at the Agricenter, 7777 Walnut Grove Road around back in “Concourse C.” Should you decide to come, remember “Concourse C” and look for us in one of two locations, either the Banquet Room to the left as you enter the building or in the Amphitheater.
Remember to bring questions and drop them in the box as you enter. All questions will be taken from the box and answered during the meeting. We often have an open question format following presentations, please feel free to ask you questions.
Educational programs for groups in the area.
Help in removing honeybees that invade the spaces of people. If you have honeybees on your property and would like them removed, click on the List of Independent Beekeepers for Swarm Removals tab above to see a list of people willing to help.