2015 Fall Meeting in Mountain View
The 2015 Fall meeting of the Arkansas Beekeepers Association will be in Mountain View, Arkansas, as usual. We are excited to host Dr. Tom Seeley and Dr. Tammy Horn as our main speakers this fall. The ABA's executive board has finalize the program schedule.
Read the letter from ABA President Richard Underhill and make your plans to join us October 9-10 in the scenic Ozarks for a weekend of honey bees, home cookin' and mountian hospitalilty. Visit our events page for registration details.
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.
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 for HopGuard II
Arkansas has received a Section 18 emergency exemption for the purchase and use of HopGuard II for 2015. If you do apply any Section 18 products, remember to report its use to the Plant Board. If no one 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.