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.
Mark your calendars now! The 2016 Spring Conference is scheduled for March 11-12, at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas. The ABA appreciates the support of the North Central Arkansas Beekeepers for helping to sponsor this spring meeting and make the arrangements. Details will be posted on our web site as that date approaches.
HopGuard II approved by the EPA
The EPA has fully registered HopGuard II for use in bee colonies against varroa mites. While this product has been available to us in Arkansas since 2011 under a Section 18 special exemption, the change to full registration status means that the product is available for sale in all states without the need to report its use to the Arkansas State Plant Board.
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.