Greetings from the President of the IHPA
Dear Honey Producers,
We have had a new development at our house since
the last letter I wrote for this publication. We received 7 inches
of rain overnight on May 24th and we spent the entire Memorial
Day week-end going up and down our basement stairs! We had water
come up through our drain in the bathroom. Now I question why
we finished the basement. We had to remove the carpet and pad
from the main family room, plus all of the "stuff".
One thing it has done is made me do some deep cleaning and I can
say that two trailer loads of things were thrown away. We have
to remove the bottom part of the drywall in two rooms because
of mold. I don't think that we will have time to work on getting
it back to normal until fall. I am getting accustomed to the new
look and the furniture is all on one side of the basement so it
looks large again.
Now that we had so much rain, we need rain again.
We have missed any of the rain lately and the top soil is extremely
dry and the cracks in the ground are very visible. Wouldn't it
be nice to just have a "normal" season again.
Beekeeping has become and extremely challenging
hobby around here. I went to put supers on some of our strongest
colonies a couple weeks ago. I was noticing the great array of
flowers blooming and was getting excited about the prospect of
honey. As I drove up through the orchard, I wondered why I wasn't
seeing any honey bees flying. I got out of the pick up, put on
my veil and gloves and then I got a real surprise. Not a single
bee was to be found in any of the colonies.
That brings me to the next item. Not all of the
information that is being talked about on television newscasts,
newspaper and magazine articles and radio information shows is
correct. The experts still don't know for sure what is causing
the honey bee problems. I get asked at all five of the markets
that I go to about the problem with honey bees. Some of the questions
concern the cell phone report, some just ask what are we going
to do about getting enough honey. I answer with, even though we
enjoy honey, the most critical aspect of all of this is the lack
of pollination. Most people don't even think about the pollination
and the necessary work by honey bees to help provide our food.
I am still getting calls for interviews from publications. At
least we are getting attention. If you would like information
concerning CCD, please go to the Penn State website. They are
leading the nation on research for this matter.
We are still needing members, family and friends
to help in the Iowa Honey Producers Association sales booth during
the Iowa State Fair. Please let me know if you could work a shift
or two for us. We need at least 21 people a day for the entire
11 days of the fair. I will be contacting people soon. We have
some slots filling up. If you want a specific day or time, let
me know soon.
Thanks to some volunteers we should have enough
help to renovate the IHPA spot in the Ag building at the fairgrounds.
We have had several volunteer to help. If you would like to help,
let me know. We are still interested in ideas and suggestions.
I need to get things ready for my Farmers' Market,
so I better get going. Have a safe 4th of July holiday and keep
our military personnel in your thoughts and prayers. Remember,
we have members of the IHPA in the military.
BEE Safe out there.
Donna Brahms, IHPA President
IHPA Award Nominations
It is time to think of who should receive one
of the Awards that the IHPA presents at the Annual Meeting banquet.
Please review the categories and submit your suggestions along
with a short letter explaining why you feel that this candidate
should receive an award. The categories that we present are as
1. Pioneer Award- for having
been involved for 50 years or more and still active in beekeeping.
2. Distinguished Service Award-
for assisting other beekeepers, willing to share information,
and /or serving the association.
3. Education Award- teaching
beekeeping classes, speaking at service clubs, giving presentations
to school children or speaking about beekeeping on radio or T.V.
4. Promotions Award- for promoting
honey and beekeeping, promotions for the state association or
promoting their own product.
5. Friendship Award- for being
a friend of the association. This could be someone who has displayed
at the annual IHPA trade show, a state official who has assisted
or encouraged beekeeping, someone outside our industry producing
6. Youth Award- for a young
person who has shown commendable involvement in such things as
helping the state fair, successfully keeping bees for at least
one season including wintering, writing, making a float for a
parade, speaking, etc.
If you would like to nominate someone, please
send the information to me by the deadline of September 1st. :
65071 720th Street
Cumberland, IA 50843