APIARY REGISTRATION UPDATE
The new registration process is targeted to be
on line by March 15, 2006. The instructions will be user friendly
and available with the new application process. You can always
contact me if you have any problems or questions with the registration
Your registration is only as good as the information
you provide. You will need to have the complete and correct: County,
Township, Range, Section and Quarter section information. You
can get this at your local USDA-FSA county office.
The Apiary Inspection Program (in the Iowa Dept.
of Ag & Land Stewardship – Ag Diversification &
Market Development Bureau) is developing a web-enabled database
and ArcIMS technology for beekeeper registration. The advantage
of using a web-based data entry and retrieval system is that it
ensures that the initial data collection and synthesis activities
can be maintained for future years. For chemical applicators,
this is the tool desired to query/search data that will tell them
where not to spray. For apiaries, this will provide added protection
and enable better communication.
This technology will be helpful to update registrations
at anytime during the year, making information retrieval in “real
time” and therefore aid in preventing accidental pesticide
application/drift throughout the year. If you registered last
year (2005), you should be receiving a PIN in the mail from IDALS
in mid-March 2006. If you did not registered in 2005, you will
need to contact me to receive your PIN. If you contact me by e-mail,
I can send the PIN to you via e-mail.
The web-enabled registration will decrease erroneous
data from being entered. The data will be exactly as the producer
entered, therefore the degree of error will be less than that
of someone transcribing from a hard copy, and from there to another
database to the web person who will enter it on the IDALS website.
This is a new process, so please be patient while the program
is in this transition. And as always, if you have questions, feel
free to contact me at any time.
I know, some may be asking “what if I
do not have internet access?” For those of you who do not
have Internet capabilities, you can go to your local Farm Service
Agency (USDA-FSA) office. Our Apiary Inspection Program has partnered
with FSA over the past years to assist with the apiary registration.
There is an FSA office in every county. In addition to accessing
the registration on line, FSA can assist you in the legal description
of your apiary site (county, township, range, section, and quarter
section). The correct legal description will be necessary for
registering your bee hives. In the past I have received several
registrations with incorrect location descriptions, this inhibits
the usefulness of the program. In addition, if you take your information
to the FSA office, they will assist you in logging onto the IDALS
website to register at their office. If neither of these options
are conducive to your situation, or you do not have a PIN, you
may contact me at the Iowa Department of Ag & Land Stewardship
– Diversified Agriculture & Market Development Bureau:
(515-281-7657). Registration is not due until April, so there
is no rush! Your local beekeeping club may be able to assist its
members with accessing and registration at the web site. Another
good reason to join a Honey Producers Association !
Rebecca Ohrtman, Iowa Apiary
From the Iowa Honey Queen
Who is the bees’ favorite singer? Answer:
Sting. How about this one, what do you call a bee born in May?
Answer: A maybe. Okay, so maybe these weren’t the best jokes
but I am sure that we have all heard a few bee jokes. Or perhaps
you even have a clever nickname that your friends gave you. If
I hear someone going “Lizzzzzz” then I know they are
trying to get my attention and I can’t help but stop and
laugh. After tossing around a chuckle or two, they usually end
up wondering what in the world got me interested in bee keeping.
After telling them a little bit of the basic information, most
keep the questions coming. Some of the questions asked seem so
obvious but to the everyday person, the world of bee keeping is
The bees’ social society is a complex system
like no other organism. Where else is a female the top dog with
thousands of workers at her feet tending to her every need? Not
only that, but the workers are actually underdeveloped females
while those big drones are docile and can’t even sting.
Since their only purpose is to service the queen, they get the
boot when winter comes.
Have problems finding your way through a big
city even with the help of a map, well bees also have their own
mapping system. Field bees dance in various formations telling
other exactly where and how far a food source is. They travel
miles to and from the hive just to collect a small portion of
the nectar and pollen needed to survive.
These are just some of the things I inform people
of. By doing this, I hope to spark an interest among not only
the old but the young. The only way to keep this passion alive
is by sharing it with those of the future generation. So next
time you hear a bee joke or something of that nature, show them
there is more to bee keeping then just the sweet reward of honey.
2006 Iowa Honey Queen