Meetings and Updates


Mite-A-Thon September 8th – 15th, fill out the mitecheck.com survey online to upload your data

Please join in the Manitoba Mite-A-Thon   The second annual Mite-A-Thon will take place Saturday, September 8 to Saturday, September 15, 2018 and we invite you to participate!   Dear Honey Bee Friends: The parasitic mite, Varroa destructor (a.k.a. Varroa), and the viruses it vectors is a significant driver of honey bee colony mortality and therefore needs to be managed effectively in order to maintain the health of honey bees and the ecosystems they live in.The Mite-A-Thon is a Tri-national (i.e. Canada, United States, and Mexico) effort to raise awareness about honey bee colony Varroa infestation levels in North America. Mite-A-Thon participants are being asked […]


Beekeepers Picnic 2018

Ian Steppler has volunteered his yard for a 2018 Beekeepers picnic.For those of you who are interested in seeing his operation and enjoying a day with the Ian and his bees; we will be holding the picnic on June 16th. Ian says himself “So I’m planning on growing a bee beard at this year’s proposed Manitoba Beekeepers Association field day… Anyone have advice?” He sounds as ready as anyone has ever been for such an endeavor All the details are LISTED BELOW MBA Feild Day 2018


Manitoba convention and AGM information and registration!

Please note that the MBA mailing address has changed. The new address is: Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association 180-235 Vermillion Road Suite# 199 Winnipeg, MB   R2J 3M7   February 15 to 17, 2018 is the  112th Annual Convention and Annual General Meeting. Please see attached documents on registering and notice of events. Agenda: MBA Convention Speakers Agenda Labour Meeting Poster AGM 2018 Agenda Topics for the AGM Reports Financial 2017 Year end and 2018 Budget Barry Fingler Fund Research Priorities Election of 3 or 4 Directors Resolutions If you have any Research Priorities you wish the MBA to support and initiate through the Barry Fingler […]


2015 Annual General Meeting-18 November

MBA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2015 The Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association 110th Annual General Meeting Date: Wednesday 18 November 2015 Time: 10:00 a.m. Location: Auditorium, Main Floor, Neepawa United Church, 475 Mountain Ave, Neepawa, Man. (Corner Mountain Ave and Ellen St.) Agenda: Review the past year activities, Approve the 2014-2015 Financial Statements, Elect directors, Approve Resolutions, Special Speaker, Dr. Robbin Lindsay will be speaking on “Tick-Borne Diseases: How not to get infected” Elections: Director 3-year terms expire in 2015 for: Allan Campbell, Mark Friesen, Jake Maendel, & Terry Karaz. With reduced board size, at least five directors minimum is required, as one vacancy […]


2014 Resolutions 12 Nov

The folowing Resolutions were presented, discussed, and voted upon by the 15 Designated Representatives present at the MBA Annual General Meeting of 12 November 2014, held in Nepawa, Manitoba. 1) BY-LAW REVISIONS WHEREAS Members of MBA approved a resolution in 2013 to permit their board size to be reduced to eight (8) members and, WHEREAS the Designated Representative role clarified in 2003 as a result of Manitoba Farm Products Marketing Council directive and, WHEREAS MBA incorporated these items into an amended Administrative By-law distributed to its members, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That MBA approves amendments to the Administration By-law 1/92. […]


2013 All Resolutions 13 Nov

The following Resolutions were presented, discussed, and voted upon at the MBA Annual General Meeting of 13 November 2013, held in Neepawa, Manitoba. 1 BEE MOVEMENT JURISDICTIONS & POLICIES       WHEREAS each province has a Bee Act that regulates its own beekeeping industry including interprovincial movement of bees, and WHEREAS the federal government supports regionalization (zoning) in agriculture trade agreements; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that MBA work with MAFRD and CFIA to recognize each province has jurisdiction under the provincial bee acts to develop policies and protocols with the regards to the movement of bees into and out of each province.                         […]


2013 Risk Assessment Report from CFIA

CFIA Risk Assessment on honeybee imports from the USA The Animal Health Risk Assessment unit of Canadian Food Inspection Agency released its final report in late October on Honey Bee Package imports from USA. The report essentially concludes: “Prohibition on Importation of Honey Bee Packages from continental USA will remain in effect, as it has since 1987”. The report provides comprehensive details on the elements analysed for the 2013 update to their last review in 2003. At a Special Meeting of MBA members on May 3, 2013, resolutions guided the Directors to seek approval from Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Minister G. Ritz, […]


2013 Resolutions Approved 3 May

RESOLUTIONS APPROVED AT SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING 3 MAY 2013   RESOLUTION #1: (Importation from USA) (New Policy) WHEREAS many Manitoba producers have sustained major colony losses overwinter, and WHEREAS suitable healthy, affordable replacement bees are currently unavailable to supply this high demand, and WHEREAS an increasing demand for package bees in emerging markets in other parts of Canada is putting extra strain on and have exhausted current supply, and call in to doubt the future availability to Manitoba producers, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the MBA pursue immediately the end of the prohibition of importation of package bees from the […]


2012 Resolutions Approved 22 Nov

1 AWARENESS CAMPAIGN WHEREAS some producers may not be aware of differences in Canada and USA registration legalities for uses of pesticides, and WHEREAS producers could mistakenly believe a pesticide sold in the USA is available for use in Canada, and WHEREAS producers may be unaware of the significance of personal and/or industry consequences associated with inappropriately importing products into Canada that do not have a registration for the intend use, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that MBA conduct an awareness campaign warning honey producers about consequences of acquiring and using products unapproved in Canada. 1a. Assigned to Newsletter Committee Jan […]


2011 Resolutions Approved 16 Nov

Resolutions Approved at the MBA AGM 16 November 2011   See each resolution for its’ status or associated board action.   1. TEMPORARY WORKERS       WHEREAS Western Canada has a growing and fundamental need for temporary foreign workers to maintain a healthy honey industry, and  WHEREAS the Canadian honey industry will not function to its full potential without temporary foreign workers that can be accessed in a timely and forthright manner and,   WHEREAS recent changes to the Foreign Worker application process are not fully understood by Federal Government staff nor producers, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That MBA encourage CHC to […]