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Pulaski County Farm Bureau YF&R Beekeeping Scholarship

Pulaski County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers has a fantastic opportunity to future young beekeepers across the state of Arkansas. This beekeeping scholarship is designed to help educate young adults and give them a start with their first hive. Three deserving applicants will be selected to receive a free one-year membership to Pulaski County Farm Bureau, and will receive education, equipment, and honeybees to get themselves started.

Any Arkansas resident, ages 16-35, who does not already own a bee hive is eligible to apply. Applicant does not have to reside in Pulaski County. Application must be submitted by April 1, 2018. Scholarship awards will be announced at Bemis Honey bee Farm Bee Day on April 21, 2018.

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2018 Fall ABA Conference Coming Up

The ABA executive board is already planning the 2018 fall conference for a location in Central Arkansas. The meeting is set for October 26-27, 2018. Mark your calendar now and save those dates! Check back here for more details as the program comes together.

Get involved! If you have suggestions for potential guest speakers, workshop topics, or other ways to imporove our meetings, please share your suggestions with the ABA board members and your local directors.

Recent 2018 ABA Spring Meeting in Searcy

This year's Spring ABA Conference was held at Harding University Campus in Searcy, Arkansas. Our special guest speakers this spring were Ralph "Buddy" May from South Carolina, and David Burns from Illinois.   RAlph Buddy May & David Burns

Both of these hardworking, practical, full-time beekeepers, shared lots of wisdom, tips and tricks with us about their experience and success in the bee business. Thanks to all of our apeakers, and the ABA executive board for putting together another great conference!

Beekeeping Classes Offered

Beginning beekeeping class:
        March 17, Mountain Home, AR
Contact James Rhein for details: 870-656-0695

Bemis Honey Bee Farm offers multiple beginner and advanced classes for beekeepers on a variety of topics. Check their website for details.

The UA Cooperative Extension Service offers beekeeping short courses all 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. If there are no classes scheduled nearby, visit with your local County Extension office and let them know of your interest.


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