Greetings Iowa Beekeepers!
As I write this, I have only been home a couple
of hours from the ABF Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. It has
been my honor to spend the last week representing you, and I am
excited to announce that I will be spending the next year continuing
my service to the industry as the 2006 American Honey Princess.
Regina Jager and Teresa Jurchen
attended the ABF Convention in Louisville, KY.
I could have not reached this point without the
encouragement and support of many, and I wish for you to know
that every person I came in contact with this past year can share
in this success. Specifically, I would like to thank Mike &
Donna Brahms for being my mentors and friends. I would also like
to thank Regina Jager. She has never stopped supporting me, and
her friendship means a great deal. I would also like to thank
the members of the board for all of the work they do for this
organization. Last, but certainly not least, I thank each of the
members. Thank you for inviting me to your events and sharing
your knowledge with me.
I am excited for the work ahead, but I am also
very excited for you to meet our new Iowa Honey Queen, Liz Macken.
She is fantastic, and I look forward to working with her. I hope
that you will show her the kindness and support that you have
shown me. Remember that the Honey Queen Program is a service to
you. We promote the product that you produce, so please allow
us to work for you and your business in any way that we can.
Since the whole experience of convention has
not completely sunk in yet, I must say that this whole thing still
feels a bit surreal. This last year has been so wonderful that
it is hard to believe that I have been given the opportunity to
spend one more in service to an industry that I have grown to
love more than I could have ever imagined. With Liz’s help,
I plan to continue to try to spend a great deal of time promoting
here in Iowa, so if there is anything that I can do please feel
free to contact me. As always, I can be reached at (712) 779-0321
Thank you again for everything, I look forward to our continued
2006American Honey Princess
2005 Iowa Honey Queen
Beekeeping Classes Are Underway
Beginning beekeeping classes are underway. Two
classes started Jan 17th. Pat Randol has nine in her class in
Winterset. The DMACC class got underway with an enrollment of
17. There has been one additional enrollment since then. DMACC
has also expressed interest in having a continuing relationship
with the Iowa Honey Producers. Ron Wehr and Vern Ramsey have a
class scheduled to get underway Jan 24th in Washington. So far,
there are only three enrolled for that one. Still to come are
Iowa Valley in Marshalltown and NIACC in Mason City. The Iowa
Valley class will start Feb 2nd and the Mason City class is March
3rd and 4th. The Mason City class is set up for one weekend but
Pat Ennis has two field days scheduled at his house to supplement
the class. We will be offering a Spanish language section in Marshalltown
in addition to the regular class. I’m encouraged by the
turnout for the classes.
Submitted by Phil Ebert