Arkansas Beekeepers Association

Meetings & Events


2017 Fall Beekeeping Conference October 27-28

The ABA will be holding its next Fall conference in a more central location. We will meet at the Holiday Inn Little Rock Airport Conference Center in Little Rock on October 27-28, 2017. As always, your ABA officers would love to hear your suggestions and ideas for our meetings and events as we put together the program. Registration details will be posted here closer to the conference date.

This fall our special guests will include Dr. James Tew and Dr. Dewey Caron.

photos of authors and speakers

Dr. Dewey Caron has spent over 40 years teaching, doing honey bee extension and research at Cornell University (1967-70), University of Maryland (1970-1981) and University of Delaware (1981-2009). Since retirement, when he is not speaking around the country, he spends part of each year in Bolivia working with Africanized bees, or in Oregon with his several backyard colonies. He is the author of Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping, and coauthor of Observation Hives.

Dr. James E. Tew is the beekeeping specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Jim has taught classes, provided extension services, and conducted applied research on honey bees and honey bee behavior during his career. He is a regular contributor to popular beekeeping publications, and has authored several books, including Beekeeping Principles, Wisdom for Beekeepers, and The Beekeeper’s Problem Solver. He has traveled extensively to observe beekeeping techniques, and is a frequent speaker at state and national meetings.

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

The ABA met March 10-11 for the Spring Conference in Hope, Arkansas. Our special guest this time was Ann Harman, who visited from from Flint Hills, Virginia. Ms. Harmon shared her wealth of knowledge about honey bees from her lifetime of travel all over the world.

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.

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.

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, Kasey Cole, Larry Connor, Phil Craft, Keith Delaplane, Marion Ellis, Jamie Ellis, Ann Harmon, Jeff Harris, Billy Hummer, 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, Amy Weeks, 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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