2005 Bee and Honey Inquiry
Dear Honey Producer:
There are unique issues and challenges facing
today’s honey operations. What can you do to address these
challenges? How can you have more control of the future of your
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics
Service (NASS) can help by providing quality data for decision-making.
The need for actual, reliable bee and honey data is greater than
ever. You, the honey producer, are the only source of this essential
data. Having quality information enables the USDA and the honey
industry to be more responsive to the American public, increase
consumer understanding and awareness, and establish an appreciation
for the safety and health benefits of U.S. honey.
NASS is asking you to participate in the December
2005 Bee and Honey Inquiry. This survey provides important data
on bee and honey inventories and value of production. Response
to this survey is voluntary and not required by law, but your
response is important to ensure reliable honey production and
price estimates. Individual reports are kept confidential.
Data collection has already begun. You may have
already received your questionnaire in the mail. Data will be
collected until February 1, 2006. Results of this survey will
be published on February 28, 2006. You can receive this report
by mail or by accessing http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/index.asp.
If you have any questions about the Bee and Honey Inquiry or did
not receive a questionnaire and want to participate, call Vernon
Rhodes at 1-800-772-0825.
IA Field Office
IHPA Board Meeting of
December 10th, 2005
The IHP board of Directors met Dec 10th in Des
Moines. Offering liability insurance to beekeepers through the
Association was discussed. This was examined several years ago
but we are going to take another look at it. Bee inspection was
also discussed. The state is not planning to do inspections on
beekeepers with less than 50 colonies. It’s possible the
IHP may set up a mentoring system which will make people available
to help other members solve problems. Donna Brahms and Pat Ennis
are going to set up a committee to meet with the state to see
if we can facilitate this option.
Gordon Powell is going to head up a committee
to determine the distribution of the hurricane relief funds that
were designated at the annual meeting. A youth mentoring system
was also discussed. In this scenario, the IHP would provide bees
and equipment or financial support to beginning beekeepers. It
was decided board members should contact their local FFA chapters
to see if there is any local interest in this. Initially, this
would be a pilot program with one or two participants.
The feasibility of producing a disease control
video was discussed. With inspections on the decrease, the IHP
needs to find an effective way to get information to beekeepers
on how to monitor disease and mite levels. If this video is produced
it will be distributed free to beekeeping groups but sold on an
individual basis with a discount available to IHP members. Alex
Ebert will prepare a plan for video production and it will be
discussed at the January meeting.
An electronic system for registering beehives
may be in place by spring. Gale Urquhart is working with Becky
Ohrtman on this. Gale is also heading up work on a new beekeepers
directory. Progress is being made on this.
Comments on the annual meeting were for the
most part positive. The biggest complaint was that people didn’t
know what the program was going to be far enough in advance. A
new program planner should solve this problem. We also need to
improve the quality of the summer meeting. Attendance and the
quality of the program have dwindled the last few years. The next
meeting is scheduled for January 21st.