Greetings from the President of the IHPA
Dear Iowa Honey Producers,
We are certainly getting a variety of weather. As usual, one minute
it is warm and the next minute it is blowing 30 miles an hour
and cold. I guess we all really like the changes because we are
still living in Iowa.
As you have noticed, the BUZZ has been arriving to your mailbox
a little later than we had wanted. We might have to locate another
printer to help us get the BUZZ to you on a more acceptable timetable.
Tobi has really been a great help in printing and folding the
BUZZ for us, but the business she works for is changing formats
and we can no longer get the same price and service as before.
Please bear with us as we explore the possibilities.
I have been busy talking to school groups. The weather is usually
cold and rainy. The children are attentive, but they certainly
weren’t dressed for the cold weather. One early morning
session of getting the bees ready for a trip to Spencer, they
decided that they weren’t very happy with me. Mike offered
to help and they weren’t any more pleased with him. Needless
to say, we both ended up with a few stings. So much for a hurry-up
job. The children were pleased, however. (Note to myself: Don’t
expect the honey bees to be happy at 5 a.m. being rousted from
their calm, happy hive!)
I need to remind everyone to be checking your schedules
and plan a day or two to help in the Iowa Honey Producers sales
booth at the Iowa State Fair. We really need to make sure that
the booth is a success this year to help with the expenses of
the inspection program.
A sign-up sheet is enclosed in this issue. Also
remember to place your bids for the products that are sold in
the booth. If we don’t have the products, we can’t
make the money necessary to run the programs of the IHPA. We have
already ordered the tickets and have the ball rolling for another
successful year at the State Fair.
Make sure that you check out the web-site for the IHPA. It is:
Alex Ebert is doing a great job of editor for the
BUZZ and as webmaster for the new site. It would be a great asset
for you to submit local happenings or anything that you think
the membership would be interested in.
Hope everyone is working hard in the bee yard (or the honey bees
are at least). If you would like to have the Iowa Honey Queen,
Maria Zuber, attend one of your events, please contact Regina
Jager to schedule the event. Regina’s number is: (641) 660-0772.
Enjoy the wonderful outdoors; the fresh air, solitude and fun
of outguessing the workings in the beehive this season.
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.
To join IHPA and receive your complimentary member subscription
to The Buzz Newsletter, please contact:
Gordon Powell, IHPA Treasurer
4012 54th St.
Des Moines, IA 50310
Phone : (515) 278-1762