I found out today(March 20) that Becky Ohrtman
will be leaving IDALS, effective March 23. Becky has been our
point of contact on apiary matters for the past year. She is pretty
frustrated with the lack of support she received from IDALS. Things
just aren’t happening over there. Becky’s main project
lately has been getting a web site set up for apiary registration.
It’s a good idea but so far it doesn’t work if you
want to register multiple yards in the same county. I spent an
hour and a half on the phone with Becky. She found she could do
it from her administration page but that is the only place. You
and I can’t do it at this point. She wants to get it fixed
before she leaves but the guy heading up the website is on vacation
this week. It doesn’t sound good does it. When you do attempt
to register your yards, be aware that you need the range and township
numbers in addition to the township name and section number. The
whole point of this is that the spray applicators will be able
to use GPS to pin point your yards in the event they are able
to get registered. If you are going to use this site you have
to contact IDALS for a Pin number and user ID. For the time being,
Maury Wills will be our point of contact at IDALS.
Submitted by Phil Ebert
From the Iowa Honey Queen
As the spring season comes to an end, the queen
bee has only just begun her busy year. Like her, I have only just
started promoting beekeeping across Iowa.
On March 4, I attended a class in Mason City
designed for beginning beekeepers. Here, many vital beekeeping
topics were covered including: lifecycles, equipment, and disease.
For part of the class, I was asked to talk about the experiences
I have had as a beekeeper. Though slightly intimidated, still
being a beginner myself, I felt honored to be able to share with
others what I had learned through my first few years. I told them
of the memorable experiences I had dealing with things that worked
for me and the ideas I will never try again! I gave them a run
through of a basic year and things that should be done and expected.
I even asked fun and interesting trivia questions to whom the
winners received prizes, thanks to Pat and Peggy Ennis.
By the time the class ended, I felt that the
attendants had a clearer understanding. Programs like that are
so beneficial and help bring new people into beekeeping. After
talking with them after the class, I not only went away with some
new ideas for the upcoming season, but also new friends. I wish
you all luck in your upcoming year and I am sure I will see you
in the future. As beekeepers, we are in this together and we all
need a helping hand every once in awhile.
I also was a “celebrity” cook at
the annual 4- H Omelet Breakfast held in Waverly. I had so much
fun talking with people throughout the community while cooking
them a tasty omelet. (Not to brag, but I did make excellent omelets
once I got the “flip” of things.) Most of my customers
did not know that there was such a thing as a Honey Queen; they
seemed very intrigued at that fact. Once they started asking questions,
they couldn’t stop. After cooking almost fifty omelets in
heels, answering many questions, and being told that I was as
sweet as honey, my morning came to an end.
My adventures are only just beginning and I can’t
wait to see what is in store. Until then, best of luck with all
of your future plans.
2006 Iowa Queen
I can be contacted at home by:
319 – 279 – 3892
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greetings from the American Honey Princess
Greetings Iowa Beekeepers!
I am excited to write to you this month about some of the great
things going on within the IHPA. We are in the process of starting
a program called the IHPA Youth Partnership Program. This is going
to allow 4 youth age 12-17 from non-beekeeping families to get
started keeping bees. They will be given all of the equipment
needed to start, as well as mentorship from an IHPA member for
a year. I would encourage each of you to think about becoming
a mentor for this program. When you think back to when you got
your first hive, was there somebody there who helped you along
the way? Consider being that for a young person. We are also working
on a program to match up honey producers with local FFA Chapters
that want to market local honey through their fruit sales. We
will be contacting FFA Chapters across the state soon to determine
those groups that might be interested, so if you think this is
something you might like to take advantage of look for more information
in The BUZZ.
I just want to let everyone know that I feel honored to be part
of this group. The IHPA is a strong advocate for this industry,
and the work that is done helps everyone who keeps bees. The Honey
Queen Program is a strong example of one way the IHPA serves its
members through promotion. I encourage you to take advantage of
this service by inviting either Liz or myself to your events.
If you have not already done so, I would encourage you to become
a member of the IHPA. By becoming a member you let the world know
that you support the beekeeping industry, but you also allow the
IHPA to serve you better.
I wish you all a wonderful spring, and as always, if you need
to contact me for anything I can be reached at email@example.com
2006 American Honey Princess