Arkansas Beekeepers Association

Meetings & Events


2015 Spring Beekeeping Conference

The next ABA Spring Conference will be March 6-7, 2015, in Little Rock. We will meet in the auditorium at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Office.

Our main speakers this spring will be Jerry Hayes and Landi Simone. We are lining up a number of other great presenters as well. The ABA executive committee is still finalizing the details. Soon we will have the final agenda and registration materials available here.

Landi Simone operates Gooserock Farm in Montville, New Jersey. She maintains a number of apiaries and produces varietal honeys and artisan honey spreads. She also creates handcrafted soaps, creams, lotions, and other cosmetics. As a Master Beekeeper, she is very active in promoting honey bees and educating new beekeepers locally and through the EAS.   Photos of Landi Simone

photos of Jerry HayesJerry Hayes has had a long carreer with honey bees. After studying under Jim Tew, he worked at the USDA/ARS Bee Breeding and Stock Lab. He has worked as a regional manager for Dadant, and was the chief of Apiary Inspection in Florida for many years. He witnessed the arrival of Africanized honey bees in his state, and was a founder of the Colony Collapse Working Group. He went to work for Beeologics, and later Monsanto, investigating new methods of protecting honey bees from parasites and viruses.

Jerry Hayes is well known for his regular column called "The Classroom" in the American Bee Journal. Jerry will be presenting a live version of his Q&A format at the ABA Spring Conference. Use the Form Below to submit a queston that you'd like to hear him answer!



Lots of vendors will be at the meeting too! Come and browse their tables and ask questions. If you need something special, call and order ahead to save on shipping!

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Fall Meeting in Mountain View

The Arkansas Beekeepers Association holds its Annual Fall Meeting on the second 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 website may not show any 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 strives to invite interesteing 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, Charlotte Hubbard, Paul Jackson, Stephen Repasky, Gary Reuter, Audrey Sheridan, Donald Steinkraus, Alan Szalanski, Dave Westervelt, Jon Zawislak, and others. Don't miss a great chance to hear the latest news and research in beekeeping, and to meet and visit with beekeepers from all around the state!