Joplin Area Beekeepers Association (J.A.B.A) was founded by Gene and Dale Foley in 2003.

The group began with less than 25 people and has grown to include beekeepers representing the local region of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Two new clubs have recently spawned from this club in Nevada, Missouri and Pittsburg, Kansas.

Gene and Dale have not only been successful beekeepers but also knowledgeable educators in honey bee husbandry, teaching, lecturing.

In 2010 Gene had a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Uganda to share his knowledge and love of the honey bee.

Our Association takes pride in the promotion of beekeeping and includes many beekeepers that are more than willing to encourage, advise and give hands-on  assistance to the novice beekeeper.


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