Greetings from the President of the IHPA
Dear Honey Producers:
August is always busy even if we didn’t
participate at the Iowa State Fair. Last minute vacations before
the kids go back to school, end of summer activities, getting
new school supplies and new clothes for those growing children,
honey extraction and then add the state fair and you have one
busy, usually warm month. The Iowa State Fair promises to be a
great time. Honey lemonade is always a hit and the people sampling
and purchasing honey products seem endless. Just imagine all of
the questions that are answered and some of the myths dispelled
while we are working in the IHPA sales booth. It is an interesting
time. Good luck to all of the Iowa Honey Producers that enter
the fruits of their labors in the Apiary competition. Another
added pressure of August!
As you noticed, the July BUZZ had a glitch in
the printing process. We have taken steps to add some checks and
balances to the process to ensure that we shouldn’t experience
another issue with only even pages printed. Maybe it is a wake
up call to see if you all were reading your BUZZ. Hope you enjoyed
the correct version that was mailed to you.
If you did not attend the Field Day, you missed
a “bee-utiful” day. The setting was wonderful, the
weather was great, the food was fabulous, and the company of other
beekeepers was very enlightening. There are several things that
we as beekeepers need to explore and evaluate with the different
treatments now available for mites. One of those options was addressed
at the Field Day. These types of workshops are a useful tool to
keep abreast of the changing methods and necessary steps we need
to take to ensure that we have healthy colonies capable of producing
the honey that we need or able to get the pollination done that
is required of them. Pat and Peggy Ennis did a fantastic job organizing
the Field Day. Thanks!!
The IHPA has t-shirts available to the membership.
They are the same design and color as the previous shirts. There
is more paint on them because the owner of the screen printing
business had noticed some of us wearing “faded” shirts
at the fair and realized more paint was needed. We must be a bunch
of messy people and have to wash our shirts more than the average
t-shirt wearer. I wonder if it has anything to do with the sticky
product that we work with? We have youth sizes this time. The
prices for the shirts are very reasonable. Youth sizes small,
medium and large are $8.50. Adult small, medium and large sizes
are $9.00. Extra large shirts and double X shirts are $10.00.
These shirts are priced at these prices for IHPA members. Non-member
prices will be posted at the Iowa State Fair in our booth. We
had several requests to purchase them from fair goers. If you
need a shirt, they will be available at the fair or contact me,
firstname.lastname@example.org or (712)774-5878.
It is time for a political advertisement. Regardless
of party affiliation, the Iowa Honey Producers Association could
be in a good position to get some help from the Iowa Department
of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. As you know, we are going
to elect a new Secretary of Agriculture in November. I urge you
to visit the websites for both candidates. For your convenience
they are: Denise O’Brien.com or Bill Northey.com. I did
contact both candidates to ask them to relate their position on
the beekeeping industry in Iowa. I received a reply from Denise
O’Brien. This is what she sent me: “I believe that
you asked me my position on having a state apiarist. I fully support
having a state apiarist. I believe that bees have an economic
impact on the crops in Iowa.” I don’t know if Bill
Northey sent anything directly to the BUZZ. I had indicated that
information was available on our website for them to investigate.
We need to actively campaign to get the best person into the position
of Secretary of Agriculture.
Enjoy what is left of the summer season and don’t
get overheated working on those honey crops.
Donna Brahms, IHPA President
The Buzz Newsletter Submissions
Please send submissions, classified ads, and photos
to Alex W. Ebert by email to TheBuzz@ABuzzAboutBees.com
or by mail to The Buzz, c/o Phil Ebert, 14808 S. 102nd Ave. E.,
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