Greetings from the President of the IHPA
Dear Honey Producers:
May flowers are popping up everywhere. It is
a good thing that we did receive some April showers. We could
do without so much wind and the many storms that have come through
the state. I received an e-mail from Dr. Mary Ebert, the IHPA
secretary, that her home did not get any damage, but that her
clinic did receive some damage from the storm that went through
Iowa City. I hope that other members are fairing well.
How is the package installation and colony splitting
going? I had heard that packages were delayed because of weather
in other parts of the United States. Hope all is going well and
we will have a great crop. Speaking of a great crop, the bid sheet
is included in this issue for the Iowa State Fair sales booth.
It is not too early to be thinking about the fair. The tickets
have been ordered and paid for, the stage has been reserved for
beekeeping educational presentations and I need to start on getting
workers. I have had some volunteers from the new beekeepers that
took classes this winter. It takes lots of bodies to make the
promotion and sales go smoothly.
Make plans to attend the Summer Field Day. Pat
has put lots of work into making this an educational, fun-filled
relaxing day. It will be a great learning experience and of course,
feature wonderful food. Mark Saturday, July 8th on your calendar
now while you have time and don’t forget to travel to the
Iowa 4-H camp by Madrid. It just so happens that the Farmers’
Market that I attend on Saturdays is not going to be open on the
8th, so I can attend and not feel guilty. Besides, my sister lives
a couple miles from the camp.
If you have a local promotion don’t hesitate
to ask Iowa Honey Queen, Liz, to help you. Contact her early to
see if she has time in her schedule. People love royalty! It attracts
attention and also helps your sales or gets the word out that
you are in the area.
If you are interested in helping people get rid
of honey bees or other flying insects from buildings or to retrieve
swarms, contact the local extension office, police department,
fire department, the town council or county supervisors in your
area. If you really want to work at it, take out an ad in the
local paper or put up flyers. I get lots of calls from people,
you could even let me know if you are interested so that I can
pass on your name.
I received thank you notes from the Mississippi
Beekeepers and the Texas Beekeepers for the money that the IHPA
sent to help repair the beekeeping businesses damaged by the hurricanes.
The notes will be presented to the membership at the annual meeting
May will surely go by as quickly as the other
months have so far, so work fast to get everything done that needs
to be. Enjoy time with your families and remember what Memorial
Day stands for.
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.
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Gordon Powell, IHPA Treasurer
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Phone : (515) 278-1762