Greetings from the President
of the IHPA
Dear Honey Producers;
April showers bring May Flowers. We really could use more moisture.
Our area has missed almost all of the snow or rain this winter.
We have only missed one day of school because of bad weather and
it was just because ice was predicted, but it didn’t materialize.
I have had to fill the water for our bees a couple of times this
Thanks for completing the survey of Iowa honey
and beekeepers. The statistics are available now at: http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/reports/nassr/other/zho-bb/hony0206.pdf
As long as we are talking about statistics, it
would be of great help if you contacted your US Senators and Representatives
about the Agriculture budget. Of course, it is proposed to be
cut and that will leave a lot less money available for the honey
bee research labs. Please let them know that the money is needed
to keep the mite research going to help keep our colonies healthy.
If we have healthy colonies of honey bees, more pollination is
completed, we have more of a crop and supplies are maintained.
The key talking points are that *Honey Bee Colonies Are Dying;
*U.S. Agricultural Crops Are Threatened; and *More Honey Bee Research
Is Urgently Needed. If you need information, please contact me
or check on the American Beekeeping Federation website: www.ABFnet.org
Chuck Eckermann from the Pesticide Bureau has
informed me that the chemicals needing a Section 18 have been
approved for use in Iowa and should be available for your use.
If you encounter any difficulty getting them, let me know. Remember
to follow the labeled instructions carefully and use the precautions
suggested. This is for your safety and the health of your honey
Some new programs for the IHPA are in the works
and will be presented at the Iowa State FFA Convention in April.
We are sponsoring a Youth Mentoring Program and are working on
information for FFA groups to sell Iowa honey with the annual
fruit sales for a money making project for both the local Iowa
honey producers located near FFA groups and the FFA groups themselves.
We are excited about both programs.
The Field Day is all planned and looks like it
will be a great learning day and also some fun. Plan to attend.
Remember to register your apiaries so that when
spraying occurs in your area, you will be notified. The new procedure
is outlined in another article in this issue. I have entered the
site and put in our information. It is not hard to do. Read the
article and if you have questions, contact Becky Ohrtman at IDALS.
If you have a promotion planned and would like
to have the Iowa Honey Queen help you, contact Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone her at (319) 279-3892.
April reminds us of warmer weather to come, but
also can be a nasty month with ice or snow. This just lets us
know that we are not in control of the weather. We can only hope
for good package or queen installation weather.
Donna Brahms, IHPA President
The Buzz Newsletter Submissions
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Lynnville, IA 50153.
The deadline for submissions to The Buzz is the 15th of
The Buzz is a monthly newsletter published by the Iowa Honey
Producers Association which is an affiliate of the Iowa State
Horticultural Society. IHPA Membership is only $10 annually.
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Gordon Powell, IHPA Treasurer
4012 54th St.
Des Moines, IA 50310
Phone : (515) 278-1762