Arkansas Beekeepers Association

Meetings & Events

Fall Meeting in Mountain View set for October 9-10, 2015

The ABA is excited about our 2015 Fall Meeting. We are thrilled to be hosting two amazing speakers at one conference!

Internationally recognized scientist, speaker and author Dr. Tom Seeley has studied and written extensively about what bees prefer when seeking new homes, and how honey bee colonies make intelligent decisions when swarming and house hunting. Dr. Seeley is a brilliant researcher who is able to communicate his ideas effectively to non-scientists in an engaging way that makes people eager to hear more. He is the author of several widely acclaimed books, as well as a professor at Cornell University. You can listen to a brief interview with him online.

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Tammy Horn
Tammy Horn

Also joining us this fall will be Dr. Tammy Horn, State Apiarist for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. In addition to teaching at Eastern Kentucky University and Berea College, Dr. Horn has also served as President of the Eastern Apicultural Society, and was director of Coal Country Beeworks, helping to promote beekeeping and reclaim pollinator habitat from abandoned mining areas in the Appalachian Mountains. She also authored two books on honey bees. Watch a brief interview with Dr. Horn discussing one of her books.

Don't miss this opportunity to take in some fantastic presentations on beekeeping, and to spend a couple of relaxing days in the scenic Ozark Mountains. You can view or print the program and other registration materials. You may register for the meeting in advance, or pay in person at the meeting. Please avoid the chance that your registration will be missed in the mail, and do not submit any payments after September 19.

Don't forget to get yoru entries ready for the ABA's annual Honey Contest!

The Arkansas Beekeepers Association holds its Annual Fall Meeting on the second full weekend of October each year at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in beautiful Mountain View. Come to socialize with your fellow beekeepers and hear great presentations from our speakers. Members are encouraged to attend the annual business meeting as well.

Make your plans to join us! Cabins at the Dry Creek Lodge fill up quickly, so make your reservations early. A block of rooms has been reserved for those attending this meeting, so if you try to reserve your room online, their web site may not show any rooms available. Call 800-264-3655 to book your room, and mention that you will be attending the ABA meeting to get a special rate! Other lodging options are available around the area.

Membership dues may be paid at the meeting along with meeting registration fee.

The ABA appreciates the vendors who help make our meeting a success! If you need something in particular, call ahead and pick it up at the meeting!

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Winter Weather could not Stop 2015 Spring Beekeeping Conference

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 web site closer to the date.

The ABA strives to invite interesting and popular guest speakers from around the country to share their ideas and experiences on honey bees and beekeeping with you.

Our past conferences have hosted many great speakers such as David Burns, Phil Craft, Keith Delaplane, Marion Ellis, Jamie Ellis, Jeff Harris, Jerry Hayes, Charlotte Hubbard, Paul Jackson, Stephen Repasky, Gary Reuter, Audrey Sheridan, Landi Simone, Donald Steinkraus, Alan Szalanski, Dave Westervelt, Jon Zawislak, Yu Cheng Zhu, and others.

Don't miss a great chance to hear the latest news, updated methods, and cutting edge research in beekeeping. And of course, to meet and visit with beekeepers from all around our state and beyond!