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By Ryan McGeeneyU of A System Division of AgricultureOct. 17, 2018
(273 words) (Download the flyer for this course at https://flic.kr/p/29mK37G) (Download this story in MS Word format here.)
HOPE, Ark.— Arkansans interested in beekeeping will have the opportunity to learn
everything they need to know to begin safely and successfully keeping honey bees during
a series of weekly classes offered in October and November.
The Complete Beekeeping Short Course will be taught over the course of three weekly
meetings at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope, in Hempstead Hall,
located at 2500 Main St., Hope, Arkansas. The meetings will take place from 6-9 p.m.,
Oct. 22, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5. The course will be led by Jon Zawislak, extension apiculturist
for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
The course will cover a wide range of topics, including bee hives and equipment, honey
bee biology and behavior, seasonal colony management and more. In addition to learning
how to harvest honey and beeswax, participants will learn about relevant laws and
regulations governing bee keeping in Arkansas.
The course is open to everyone, and no prior experience with bees is necessary, Zawislak
“Because there is a lot of information to absorb, participants should plan to attend
all three class sessions,” he said. “Each week, we’ll build on what we have learned
in the previous classes.”
Because the beekeeping industry is always changing, Zawislak said, the course can
also be a valuable tool to experienced beekeepers who want to brush up on their knowledge.
The courses are free to attend, although participants must register for each. To register
for the Little Rock course, contact the Hempstead County Cooperative Extension Office
To learn about bee keeping in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service
agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu.
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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