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Beekeeping - Apiculture in Arkansas

An upclose picture of a honey bee on a yellow & white flower.

The industrious honey bee, Apis mellifera, is the state insect of Arkansas, and is invaluable for it's contribution to agriculture.(Photo by Jon Sullivan, pdimages.org)

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Getting Started

How to start keeping your own honey bees.  What do you need?  Where should you keep them?  

Jon Zawislak teaches beekeeper class

Beekeeping Classes

Whether you are new to beekeeping, just curious, or want a refresher course, find out about beekeeping classes and other events in your area.

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About Honey Bees

Learn about the different bees in your hive and what makes each of them special.  Which race of bees is the best?

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Honey

There is nothing quite like fresh golden honey straight from your own hive.  Where does it come from and how can you help your bees make the best honey?

close-up view of a varroa mite on a bee

Bee Hive Pests & Diseases

Honey bee health is an important part of modern beekeeping.    Learn how you can help keep your bees healthy and strong.

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Bees as Pollinators

Bees are perfect partners for our farms, gardens, and wild landscapes.  Nearly every aspect of their biology makes them perfect for their job of pollinating plants.

Arkansas Pollinator Stewardship Program

Protecting Pollinators

The Arkansas Pollinator Stewardship Program seeks to minimize economic damage for both beekeepers and farmers by encouraging communication and cooperation between all parties.  

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Honey Plants

What plants do bees like?  What can you plant to to attract bees to your gardens and farms?  What can you plant to help your bees make honey?

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Honey Bee Swarms

Honey bee swarms are a natural and normal phenomenon. Swarming bees are normally gentle and not to be feared or exterminated.  Learn what to do when you see a swarm of bees.

Africanized honey bee and European honey bee together

Africanized Bees in Arkansas

Are Africanized honey bees in your area yet?  Should you be worried?  What are the risks we face in the Natural State?