Spring Conference in Mountain Home coming up!
The 2016 Fall Conference will be held on Novemeber 4-5, at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Our last meeting was a door-buster, and we hope to have as many attend again. Our conference this fall will feature two popular speakers, authors and researchers. Please join us for a weekend in the scenic ozarks with Dr. Larry Connor and Dr. Diana Sammataro. We'll post more details on our meeting page soon. For now, save the date!
Specialty Crop Survey - Please participate!
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is conducting a survey to assess the economic value of specialty crops in Arkansas, including honey and other hive products. The survey results will identify research, education, promotion, and business assistance needs for our industry. You can take the survey online or send an email to CARS@uark.edu with subject ‘honey bee survey’ to receive a hard copy in the mail.
Your participation assures a quality report. All survey responses will be kept confidential. The importance of this survey is recognized and supported by the Arkansas Farm Bureau. Please participate and have your voice heard!
ABA Spring 2016 Newsletter
Our new newsletter "Between The Bee Space" is now available. If you are a registered ABA member and did not recieve your copy, contact Linda Rhein to be sure you are on the distribution list. Also, make sure your email program is not blocking important messages from the ABA.
Another Great Fall Meeting in Mountain View!
The 2015 Fall meeting of the Arkansas Beekeepers Association was a great success. Our remarkable speakers, Dr. Tom Seeley and Dr. Tammy Horn, presented many fascinating talks this year. The ABA thanks them, and all the others who helped make our conference so memorable.
We value the feedback from our members. In order to continue to improve our meetings, venues and speakers, please pass along both your compliments and criticism through your regional ABA directors.
The annual business meeting was held, and a new slate of officers was elected. Congratulations to our new ABA President Jeremy Bemis.
Oxalic Acid approved for Varroa Mite Control in the U.S.
While it has long been used successfully in Europe and Canada to control varroa for many years, oxalic acid is now a registered mite treatment in the U.S. A recent regulatory decision by the EPA now allows American beekeepers to legally treat their colonies with this substance, as long as it is used according to package label instructions.
Oxalic acid is a caustic substance, and beekeepers should exercise caution when handling it. Randy Oliver has written in detail about his experience with it, and another brief overview of varroa treatment can be found at Honey Bee Suite.
The UA Cooperative Extension Service offers beekeeping short courses around the state. These free classes can be a great way for new beekeepers to become familiar with the basics, or as a refresher course for experienced beekeepers. Check the current schedule of upcoming classes to locate one near you. If there are no classes scheduled nearby, visit with your local County Extension office and let them know of your interest.