Extension beekeeping expert recognized by apiary society

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 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 to 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. To learn about beekeeping in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.edu.