Greetings from the President of the IHPA
Dear Honey Producers,
Another Thanksgiving season is upon us. Especially
at this time of year we are thankful for our families, our homes,
our country, our honey crop and our unpredictable weather. We
are thankful that we live in a country where we have many freedoms
including a choice of religion. Some of the things that I am thankful
for this year include the arrival of a new grandson, Jack, on
September 21st to middle son Steve and his wife Emma. He has a
big sister, JoAnn that is two years old. We are thankful that
we get to see them often. We also have two grandsons, Vincent
and Michael in Oklahoma. We are thankful that we got to see them
the end of October along with their parents, Shawn and Meladee.
There are mixed emotions connected with that visit. Their Dad,
oldest son, Shawn, was deployed back to Iraq then. Youngest son,
Mitch is scheduled to arrive back in the United States the middle
of November from Iraq.
I attended the National Honey Board meeting in
Kansas City on October 6th and 7th. Some of the discussion centered
around the use of honey in the naming of a product. I have received
several communications from IHPA members concerning this. The
laws of our land need a few adjustments in my opinion. We were
reminded that the name “honey” can be in the title
of products and not have honey in the product itself. They are
just using a title. If “honey” is listed as an ingredient
there had better be honey in it. There are no specifications as
to how much honey, there just has to be honey in the product.
Another topic of discussion centered around the new research being
conducted in the honey industry. Several very interesting ideas
are being pursued.
The Annual Meeting is always a fun-filled learning
experience. There is time to converse with fellow beekeepers to
learn some of the new innovative ideas they are using and of course,
for you to tell of your successes and sometimes failures. The
speakers always keep us informed of important topics. Check elsewhere
in the BUZZ for the agenda and information about our speakers
this year. Plan to spend Friday, November 18th and Saturday, November
19th in Marshalltown for the Annual Meeting of the Iowa Honey
Producers Association. If you can only attend one day, we have
scheduled the speakers for both days so you can still get plenty
If there are any changes you would like to see
for the Apiary Exhibits at the Iowa State Fair, please let us
know or attend the short State Fair meeting on Saturday during
the Annual Meeting. Any changes that will be made have to be done
Please consider entering the cooking with honey
contest and the photo contest at the Annual Meeting. The requirements
and categories are listed in another article in the BUZZ. Join
the friendly competition. The food is always the best part of
If you made mead, please bring some for us to
sample at the wine and cheese welcome get- together before the
banquet. It is always great to check out different recipes.
Don’t forget the silent auction and the
Queen committee auction during the banquet. It is always fun to
see the great items for sale. My beekeeping collection keeps growing!
See you all at the IHPA Annual meeting. I always look forward
to meeting you.
Donna Brahms, IHPA President
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