Arkansas Beekeepers Association

Meetings & Events


2017 Spring Beekeeping Conference: March 10-11, 2017, Hope, Arkansas

The ABA will head to southeast Arkansas for our next Spring Conference. Plan to join us at the UA Community College in Hope, Arkansas on March 10-11, 2017. In addition to a program full of speakers and presentations, our special guest this spring will be the amazing Ann Harman, visiting from from Flint Hills, Virginia.

Although Ann Harman spent part of her life as a research chemist, her fascination with honey bees propelled her into another career as an international consultant. Ms. Harman has taught beekeeping skills and modern management techniques around the world, having made more than 50 trips to work in 29 countries on five continents, including work with the African bee in 9 countries. Ann has been awarded four President’s Volunteer Service Awards. She became an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper in 1981, and continues teaching short courses and lecturing at beekeeper association meetings. She is a respected judge of honey and hive products for local, state, national and international competitions. Ann has served on the National Honey Board, and is a regular contributor for Bee Culture magazine, as well as Beekeepers Quarterly, and Bee Craft. She has edited a number of books including ABC&XYZ of Beekeeping. Her apiary now serves as teaching hives, not only to train beekeepers, but also for teaching and inspiring youth so that our pollination needs continue to be met in the years to come.
Ann Harman
Ann Harman
photo by Robb Scharetg

Our other speakers this spring will include Billy Hummer, Amy Weeks and Kasey Cole.

Download the spring conference registration package and browse the full program.

Don't forget to arrange for your lodging in Hope during the meeting.

The ABA appreciates the vendors who take the time to set up shop at our meetings. Please support your local beekeeping companies!

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If you would like a vendor space at our next meeting, contact the ABA President.

2017 Fall Beekeeping Conference

The ABA will be holding its next Fall conference in a more central location. We will meet at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Little Rock on October 27-28, 2017. The board is already busy lining up some more great speakers. As always, your ABA officers would love to hear your suggestions and ideas for future meetings and events.

2016 Fall Conference in Mountain View, AR

Our ABA Fall Beekeeping Conference was held November 4-5, 2016, and was generously co-sponsored by Wicwas Press. Our featured guests included popular speakers, authors and researchers Dr. Larry Connor and Dr. Diana Sammataro. If you missed the meeting, you missed out!

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, including David Burns, Janet Carson, Larry Connor, Phil Craft, Keith Delaplane, Marion Ellis, Jamie Ellis, Jeff Harris, Jerry Hayes, Tammy Horn, Charlotte Hubbard, Paul Jackson, Yong Park, Stephen Repasky, Gary Reuter, Diana Sammataro, Leo Sharaskin, Audrey Sheridan, Tom Seeley, Landi Simone, Donald Steinkraus, Alan Szalanski, Tim Tucker, Dave Westervelt, Jon Zawislak, Yu Cheng Zhu, and others.

Don't miss another great chance to hear the latest news, updated methods, and cutting-edge research in beekeeping. And of course, meet and visit with beekeepers from all around our state and beyond! Mark your calendars for the next ABA conference!

Do you have suggestions for guest speakers you would like to hear? Your ABA officers would love to hear your ideas!

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