Arkansas Beekeepers Association

Meetings & Events


2017 Fall Beekeeping Conference

The ABA will be holding this year's fall conference in a more spacious and central location. We will meet at the Holiday Inn Little Rock Airport Conference Center in Little Rock on October 27-28, 2017. The meeting is easy to find, just off of I-440.

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

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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.

We'll also hear from other speakers, including Dr. Ron Rainey who will share some insights on marketing opportunities for your hive products.

This year's meeting will include a silent auction to benefit the ABA. Instead of a Friday evening banquet this year, attendees will be able to attend a lunchtime roundtable discussion with experienced beekeepers. Tickets for this box lunch even must be purchased at the registration table (seating will be limited). In informal group will gather in the hotel lobby on Friday evening to catch the free shuttle for dining in Downtown Little Rock. And as always, numerous vendors will be on site. If you need something special, call ahead and ask them to bring it along.

Browse the fall program or download the registration package, and mark your calendar today to join your other beekeepers from across the state for this event!

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

Dadant SWABKS Apiary Beekeepign Supplies Central Beekeepers Supply Bemis Bee Supply

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

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.

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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