Greetings from the President of the IHPA
Dear Honey Producers:
Wind is great for flying kites, but there is
just too much of it right now for me. I am tired of being blown
places. The honey bees aren’t too keen on it either. It
sure doesn’t allow for lots of flights. It keeps some of
them cooped up way too much. Well, I guess I’m never satisfied
with the weather!
I have spent lots of time working with and contacting
Representatives and Senators concerning the money that Secretary
of Agriculture, Patty Judge requested for the Apiary Program.
When the national news did an article about the problem of mites
across the country, especially with the almond industry, I decided
to contact the key legislators to try one last time to ensure
the budget for Sec. Judge would get passed. I contacted 75 legislators
just in time for the supposed end of the session. I received answers
from 15 of them assuring me that the Honey Bees were important
and that the $40,000 would be approved and line itemed in the
Ag budget. Now that it is back and forth between them, I hope
that the promises are still in place! We will have to wait to
see what happens. I hope that they weren’t empty promises.
I know how busy everyone is this time of year,
but it is time to think about the Iowa State Fair. We need honey
products to sell, workers to help sell the products and the lemonade
and exhibitors to show off the wonderful honey and beeswax items
produced in the state of Iowa. Please consider working in the
booth. There are forms found elsewhere in this issue to return
for you to help in the booth or to submit bids for products. If
you have exhibited items in the past, you will receive the Rules
and Regulations Book from the Iowa State Fair entry department.
If you are new and would like to exhibit, contact the entry department
at (515) 262-3111, extension 207 or send to Entry Department,
Iowa State Fair P.O. Box 57130 Des Moines, IA 50317-0003
We had a Southwest Iowa Honey Producers meeting
April 29th. We had a good time in Atlantic. Iowa Honey Queen,
Teresa Jurchen and the NE Beekeepers President, Glen Day attended
with the beekeepers. We had several new members attend to find
out information about beekeeping. We, as an industry are growing.
It seems that with the Web-site, there is a lot of interest in
the world of beekeeping and we are finding out about more of them
all the time. The beginning beekeeping classes also helped to
get people started in beekeeping. Please encourage neighbors or
local club members to join the Iowa Honey Producers Association.
When we talk to legislators, find out about grants available or
ask for advice, we are always asked how many beekeepers are there
in the state. It is necessary to have a total for some of these
instances. It makes us more competitive with other agriculture
groups if we know the numbers in the state of Iowa.
Keep lots of supers handy to put on the colonies.
I hope it is going to be a Honey of a Crop this year. Summer is
approaching fast, enjoy it.
Donna Brahms, IHPA President
The Buzz Newsletter Submissions
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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