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Welcome to the Iowa Honey Producers Association Website

Greetings from the Iowa Honey Producers Association! We hope you find your visit enjoyable and educational. The Buzz Newsletter contains the majority of the site content. In the future additional articles will be posted from IHPA to help document the experiences and expertise of beekeepers across the state of Iowa.

Come join the beekeeping fun!


IHPA Board Meeting

7 pm Thursday Nov. 12th, Clarion Inn -  Cedar Rapids, Iowa


IHPA Youth Mentoring Program deadline is

October 15th, 2015

The deadline for application for the Youth Program has been extended to October 15th.

Youth Scholarship Program Application Form (pdf)


103rd Annual Meeting of the
Iowa Honey Producers Association
November 13th & 14th, 2015

October 22nd is the deadline to make hotel reservations at the $69 room rate.

Clarion Hotel & Convention Center
525 33rd Avenue, SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


The preregistration deadline is October 31st for the 2015 Annual Meeting. This registration form is also where you can order your Queen Luncheon and Banquet Dinner tickets.
2015 Annual Meeting Registration Form (pdf)


October 22nd is the deadline to make hotel reservations at the $69 room rate.

The IHPA Annual Meeting will be held Friday, November 13th & Saturday, November 14th in Cedar Rapids at the Clarion Hotel (319) 366-8671. Room rates are $69 per room plus taxes. You must tell them that you are booking your room for the Iowa Honey Producers Association Annual Meeting to get this room rate.


The IHPA Annual Meeting is our yearly opportunity to get together and discuss the wonders as well as mysteries of beekeeping. This meeting is open to anyone interested in beekeeping or honeybees. We have a variety of guest speakers from across the US come to speak on their expertise in the beekeeping world. For current beekeepers this is a great time to hear what is new in beekeeping or ask questions of those with a greater number of years’ experience. Those who are thinking about getting started in beekeeping will have numerous chances to ask, "what's it like to keep bees?" There will be no shortage of answers. Beekeepers love to share the stories, fun, and enjoyment they have found in beekeeping.


2015 Annual Meeting Speakers include the following:

Meghan Milbrath, Greg Haniford , Michelle Colopy, Mary Harris, and Adam Dolezal. Roy Kraft, IHPA VP, will be hosting a round table on "wintering bees in cold climates".  His guests will be Phil Ebert, Bob Fastbinder, and Meghan Milbrath. 


Please think about entering our photo contest, cooking with honey contest, mead contest, hive body paint design, or bringing items for the Queen Program and silent auction! Consider attending the banquet and enjoying fellowship with your fellow beekeepers!


Additional Annual Meeting information will be in the September issue of the Buzz Newsletter including contest and banquet information.


The New IHPA Cookbook Needs Your Honey Recipes!

New IHPA Cookbook Recipe Form

It’s time for a new cookbook! Please submit your new Honey recipes, the Iowa Honey Producers Association is doing a new cookbook that will be available at the 2016 Iowa State Fair. We would like to have as many NEW recipes in this new cookbook as possible, so bring on your newest tried and true delights. Submit all the categories you can think of including soap and honey mead. We have the form available online through the Buzz, in the hard copy of the Buzz newsletter (June issue) or available for pick-up at the 2015 Summer Field Day in July and at the 2015 Annual Meeting in November. Our cut-off date for the cookbooks to get prepared will be March 1, 2016. We do have some incentives for you, the more recipes you submit, the better for you, stay tuned for those incentives in a later Buzz article.

Please submit recipes to:
Jodi Kraft
IHPA Cookbook Chairperson
P.O. Box 1
Goldfield, IA 50542-0001

or my committee members: Becky Elsbernd, Connie Bronnenberg, Rhonda Heston and Heidi Love.Thank you and looking forward to seeing your new recipes for the 2016 Iowa Honey Producers Association Cookbook.



2015 American Honey Queen Hails From Iowa

Gabrielle Hemesath

2015 American Honey Queen Gabrielle Hemesath

American Beekeeping FederationAmerican Beekeeping Federation
3525 Piedmont Road
Building Five, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA  30305-1509




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The American Beekeeping Federation is proud to announce that Gabrielle Hemesath was selected as the 2015 American Honey Queen at the North American Beekeeping Conference in Anaheim, CA in January.  Gabrielle is the 19-year-old daughter of Mary and Russell Hemesath of Clermont, IA, and the granddaughter of Karen Hemesath of Castalia, IA, and Imedla Schmitt of West Union, IA.  She is a freshman at Iowa State University, pursing a degree in marketing.  Gabrielle became interested in beekeeping at a young age and has been employed by Fassbinder Apiaries since 2008, assisting in managing 2,000 beehives.


Prior to being selected as the American Honey Queen, Gabrielle served as the 2014 Iowa Honey Queen.  In this role, she promoted the honey industry at fairs, festivals, and farmers’ markets, via media interviews, and in schools.


Gabrielle will spend the next year promoting the beekeeping industry throughout the United States in a wide variety of venues.  To schedule an appearance with American Honey Queen Gabrielle Hemesath, please contact American Honey Queen Program Chairperson Anna Kettlewell at 414.545.5514.


American Honey Queen Program ¡ Anna Kettlewell, Chairperson
10432 W. Norwich Avenue, Greenfield, WI 53228
414.545.5514 ¡


IHPA News & Events Blog

Keep up to date with the IHPA News & Events Blog. Below are some of the most recent posts. You can click on the links below, or the navigation tab at the top of the page to check out the latest news.


2014 IHPA Summer Field Day
Volunteers needed for the IHPA booth at the 2014 Iowa State Fair!
2014 CIBA Annual Auction
IHPA Board Meeting Rescheduled
2013 IHPA Annual Meeting Agenda with Speaking Times



Dates To Bee Remembered

Nov. 12th IHPA Board Meeting - Clarion Hotel in Cedar Rapids, IA

Nov. 13th & 14th IHPA Annual Meeting



Honeybees visit approximately 2 million flowers to produce just 1 pound of honey.

Honeybee on a dandelion.

As the saying goes, "...busy as a bee!"