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Plan to attend the Fall Beekeeping Conference on October 5-6, 2019

The ABA Fall Conference will return to Northwest Arkansas this year. Our meeting will be held at the Doubletree Suites in Bentonville (301 SE Walton Blvd). A limited block of rooms has been reserved on site for our meeting attendees. To get a special rate, call the hotel at 479-845-7770 to book your room and tell them you are with the Arkansas Beekeepers!

Join your fellow beekeepers and honey enthusiasts for a weekend in the Ozarks and catch the latest buzz on bees with old friends and new acquaintances. We will have numerous guest speakers, a luncheon each day with special door prizes, and breakout sessions with different topics you can choose from.

Download the program and registration package.

Hilary KearneyHilary Kearney is a full-time beekeeper, artist and writer from San Diego, who is well known for her popular website and blog Girl Next Door Honey. Hillary does it all! When she’s not rescuing bees, teaching about bees, photographing bees or managing one of her fifty colonies, she’s probably dreaming of bees. Hillary experiments with different types of hives and techniques to find practical solutions that work with her natural, treatment-free hive management strategy. On a mission to educate the public about the magic of bees, she has created numerous educational materials for beekeepers, including her new book QueenSpotting, which explores the fascinating heart of every bee colony with factual information and vivid photographs of those small but vital queen bees.
Freddy Proni first learned the craft in 1987 under the strict mentoring of a former New York State bee inspector. He soon grew a few hives into a large and successful commercial honey packing business. He now lives in North Carolina where he and his wife have downsized and operate Proni Honey Bee Company, focusing on honey production and queen breeding. With more than 30 years of experience, Freddy promotes bees through formal classes, casual workshops and practical training in all aspects of beekeeping. He also lectures on the business aspects of running a successful operation, and is actively engaged with the Farm Bureau and other agricultural and bee-related organizations. Freddy is an EAS-certified Master Beekeeper, currently serves as the vice president of the North Carolina Beekeepers Association, and also represents the industry as part of the Honey Bee Health Coalition.
Samantha Hewett teaches microbiology at UCA in Conway. Her current research explores the powerful antimicrobial properties of Arkansas honey against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. She will give us an overview of her findings so far, and you can help expand her knowledge! Bring her a sample of your honey (8-12 oz.) with the approximate date and location it was produced. Include your name and contact information to be acknowledged when she publishes her results.
Leslie Fowler is the Arkansas Monarch & Pollinator Coordinator with Quail Forever. She works with multiple organizations, providing knowledge and resources to increase the number of acres of habitat critical to the survival and population growth of bees, butterflies and other upland wildlife. She will share information with us about simple steps to conserve and improve pollinator habit and forage for honey bees and other species.
We will also have our annual Honey Contest and we'll have another Arkansas Honey Exchange. Check back here for more information soon, including a full program and conference regisration details.
Mark your calendars now to save the date! See you in NWA!

ABA Elects New Executive Board Officers

As part of the 2018 business meeting, the ABA elected some new officers to the executive board. Britt Bailey will serve as our new President, and Richard Coy will serve as first Vice President. We also welcome Lynne Keller as our new Secretary & Treasurer, and Natalie Moon will be Regional Director at Large. Our other officers and directors have agreed to serve another term.

We say goodbye to Richard Underhill, who has served the ABA for many years as Vice President (2012-2013), President (2014-2015), remaining on the board as Past President (2016-2018). Well done, Richard, and thanks for all your service! Jeremy Bemis, who has served as President for the past three years, will assume the Past-President position, and continue to serve on the executive board.

The executive board plans and promotes the ABA conferences and other activities. If you have ideas or suggestions for topics or speakers that you would like to see and hear, please visit with your regional director or other officers. The ABA wants to hear from you!

Beekeeping Classes Offered

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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