Oxalic Acid approved for Varroa Mite Control in the U.S.
While it has long been used successfully in Europe and Canada to control varroa for many years, oxalic acid has not been a registered treatment in the U.S. A recent regulatory decision by the EPA now allows American beekeepers to legally treat their colonies with this substance. As of yet, no company is marketing a product specifically for varroa treatment, but oxalic acid is commonly available in the paint section of your local hardware store as wood bleach. Oxalic acid is a caustic substance, and beekeepers should exercise caution when handling it. Becaue it is not sold with label instructions for beekeeping, we must learn to use it properly. Randy Oliver has written in detail about his experince with it, and another brief overview of varroa treatment can be found at Honey Bee Suite.
Winter Weather could not stop Spring Conference in Little Rock
Despite the sudden winter blitz that hit much of our state just days before our Spring Conference, the ABA had another great meeting. While some of our members and one of our speakers were unable to make it due to the ice, Jerry Hayes and Landi Simone presented numerous engaging and informative presentations, complimented by talks from Yong Park and Jerry Freeman.
The ABA appreciates the efforts of all those who helped make our Spring Conference a success. Special thanks to the Lady Beekeepers of Arkansas for the exotic honey tasting table, and to the Central Arkansas Beekeepers Association for providing snacks and drinks.
Our 2016 Spring Conference will convene in Mountain Home, sponsored in part by the North Central Beekeepers Association. You will find more details here on our website closer to the date.
Check out our Events page for information about our 2015 Fall Meeting in Mountian View.
Bees on TV
Honey Bees are some of the hardest workers in agriculture. A recent episode of "Agri Arkansas" on AETN featured our state's bees and some local beekeepers.
Section 18 renewed
Arkansas has received a Section 18 emergency exemption for the purchase and use of HopGuard for 2015. If you apply any Section 18 product, remeber to report its use to the Plant Board. If nobody reports using this product, the exemption will not be renewed next year.
The UA Cooperative Extension Service offers beekeeping short courses around the state. These free classes can be a great way for new beekeepers to become familiar with the basics, or as a refresher course for experienced beekeepers. Check the current schedule of upcoming classes to locate one near you.