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Your Cooperative Extension Service is still open to serve you! 

Our specialists, agents and staff are still hard at work to support the good people of Arkansas.  While we are mostly working remotely during the COVID-19 outbreak, we are still on the job.  Many of our public meetings have been postponed for now, but you can still reach us by email and by phone.  We are working to find solutions to continue providing you with the information you are looking for.

If you have questions or concerns about honey bees or beekeeping,
or would like to report a swarm of bees that needs to be relocated, please contact:

Jon Zawislak

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,

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Get Started

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

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Take a Beekeeping Class

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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Explore 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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Learn All About 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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Bee Lining

Bee lining is the practice of following a honey bee back to its nest, historically used to locate wild colonies to be robbed of honey.  Bee lining is now a challenging and enjoyable a hobby.

UA Beekeeping Publications

Beekeeping Publications

Download our popular beekeeping publications to read on your computer or print out free of charge.  You can also order printed copies from your local County Extension office.

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UA Bee Blog

News, events and interesting items about bees and beekeeping.