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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 a membership of 100 plus people representing Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas..

Gene and Dale are not only successful beekeepers but also knowledgeable educators in honey bee husbandry, teaching, lecturing and starting new clubs throughout Southwest Missouri.

In 2010 Gene had a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Uganda to share his knowledge and love of the honey bee. You can read the full story by clicking on the links below.