Plant Industries

Serving the citizens of Arkansas and the agricultural and business communities by providing information and unbiased enforcement of laws and regulations set by the Arkansas State Plant Board


Giant Asian Hornet Information - Arkansas Department of Agriculture

Giant Asian Hornet Information: University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

Giant Asian Hornet Information: North Carolina State University

Apiary Mission and Methods

The Apiary Division protects honeybees in order to maintain viable honeybee populations for the purpose of pollination in Arkansas. Most recently there were a total of 3,233 active registered beekeepers in the state with 5,634 active registered apiaries with a total of 48,514 colonies. A total of 6,192 colonies were visited last fiscal year.


  1. By equitably administering laws and regulations in order to minimize and slow the spread and negative effects of diseases, harmful pests and unwanted species. 
  2. By educating beekeepers in modern apicultural techniques and the citizens of Arkansas of the importance of honeybees. 

Arkansas Apiary Registration Process

Africanized Honey Bees

The introduction of the Africanized bee into Arkansas has been closely monitored by the placement of traps along the Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana borders. 52 traps are currently in Arkansas. Swarm traps are placed in trap lines along the Oklahoma and Louisiana borders, along Africanized Honey Bee (AHB) counties in Arkansas, and in strategic locations. There have been about twenty positive locations verified in Arkansas since 2005. Counties with positive finds include: Miller, Lafayette, Clark, Columbia, Bradley, Nevada, Faulkner, Baxter, Howard and Union counties. 

All colored areas were previously quarantined because of Africanized Honey Bees. Beekeepers should use extreme caution when moving or relocating honey bees in these counties.

Supporting, Protecting, and Growing Arkansas Agriculture and Forestry
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1 Natural Resources Dr.
Little Rock, AR
(501) 225-1598