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Extension beekeeping expert recognized by apiary society

By Ryan McGeeney
U of A System Division of Agriculture
March 14, 2018

Fast Facts:

  • Extension apiarist Jon Zawislak to receive Roger A. Morse Award
  • Zawislak teaches beekeeping courses throughout the state 

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LITTLE ROCK – Jon Zawislak, extension entomologist and apiary expert for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, will receive the Roger A. Morse Award at the annual conference of the Eastern Apicultural Society this year.


The award recognizes outstanding achievements in teaching, extension and regulatory activity in the field of apiculture, more broadly known as beekeeping. The award is named after Dr. Roger Morse, a professor and honeybee biologist who taught at Cornell University for many years. The award is accompanied by a cash award of $500.

Zawislak, who said he attended his first Eastern Apicultural Society meeting in 2009, has spoken at the society’s meetings and assisted in instruction and testing after receiving his own master beekeeper certification.

“It's an amazing organization that draws together a diverse audience of 400-500 hobbyist and commercial beekeepers, as well as scientists and researchers from all over the world,” Zawislak said. “I never fail to learn something new, and have been become acquainted with specialists from other institutions through the conferences.” 

Zawislak teaches introduction to beekeeping courses through the Cooperative Extensions Service several times each year, at locations throughout Arkansas. The next meeting of the Eastern Apicultural Society is scheduled to take place Aug. 13-17 in Hampton, Virginia. 

To learn about beekeeping in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit


About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.  

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.   

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Mary Hightower
Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126