Arkansas Beekeepers Association

About the ABA

Mission Statement

The Arkansas Beekeepers Association is dedicated to being the voice for beekeeping in Arkansas, and to promote beekeeping within the state. We shall provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and mutual support in the keeping of honey bees and the marketing of honey, to share our insights and passion for beekeeping to help others grow in their appreciation and enjoyment of keeping bees, to encourage all beekeepers, and to be a resource of materials, equipment and information.

This is an exciting time for beekeeping in Arkansas. It is also a challenging time for the honey bee. Bees are facing tremendous stresses from many areas of the environment. For several years, managed honey bee colonies have been lost at significantly greater than normal rates. News of the loss of honey bees caught the attention of many in the public to the importance of this beneficial insect. Fortunately, this awareness brought in many new beekeepers eager to learn how to tend to bees. We all gain by the addition of new bee hives and beekeepers.

Across the state of Arkansas, local beekeeping associations and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service are conducting classes reaching large numbers of individuals eager to learn the art and science of beekeeping. The Arkansas Beekeepers Association is an active partner in bringing together beekeepers and experts in honey bee health and hive management. In 2014, the Arkansas Beekeepers Association will be conducting in-depth educational programs in March at Fayetteville and in October at Mountain View.

The importance of the honey bee is demonstrated in its designation as Arkansas’ State Insect. Along with its role as the producer of honey, the honey bee is the principal pollinator of at least 90 of our food crops. The honey bee is instrumental in the production of one third of the food we eat. Without the honey bee, our diet would be quite starchy and bland. Through pollination of flowering plants, bees also help produce forage for livestock and wildlife.

Arkansas’ State Flower is the apple blossom, and the honey bee is the principal pollinator of the apple. When bees visit apple blossoms, pollination occurs, and the trees yield fruit. Honey bees are also necessary contributors to the production of many of Arkansas’ other fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Honey bees help Arkansas farmers produce apples on Crowley’s Ridge, cucumbers at Atkins, watermelons at Hope, and soybeans in the Delta.

I am honored to serve as the president of the Arkansas Beekeepers Association. I look forward to visiting with local beekeeping associations across the state and encourage all to plan on attending the meetings in Fayetteville and Mountain View.

Richard Underhill

ABA President



Download a 4-page printable brochure on the Arkansas Beekeepers Association and the imprtance of honey bees in Arkansas. download brochure

The business meetings of the Arkansas Beekeepers Association are governed by parlaimentary procedure as described in Robert's Rules of Order.

Download and read the Arkansas Beekeepers Association By-Laws.

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