Greetings from the President of the IHPA
Dear Honey Producers:
We just can’t seem to get away from beekeeping.
While on our recent trip to Florida, it amazed us how many references
to bees, honey and beekeeping we noticed. As we traveled we crossed
several bodies of water with the names of Bee Creek and
Honey Creek. Several roadways had the names of Beeline
Expressway. We even noticed a motel sign with the name of
Honey Tree Inn complete with a honey tree and a bear
reaching for the honey. As we left Florida on the turnpike, we
were passed by an unusual vehicle. The car had a set of ladders
mounted on the top, a toolbox mounted on the back complete with
several bee crossing signs and on the back window was printed
the website for the business: WillieTheBeeman.com, We specialize
in bee removals. Driving through Arkansas we spotted some beekeepers
working some hives and drove passed them on the road so I could
take a picture. We even saw a town in Arkansas named Bee Range.
There were lots of signs in that town concerning bees, the water
plant, the school, a café, etc. I even found some beekeeping
souvenirs to bring home from the shops or flea markets that we
Speaking of traveling, we also attended the National
Honey Board meeting held in Houston, TX. Lots of interesting research,
marketing ideas and promotions were discussed. Lee Heine will
attend our IHPA Annual Meeting to give us the updates on the National
Honey Board. I even survived all the walking with my “bum”
foot. The shuttle ride was one I’ll never forget!
I know this is the November issue and letter,
but if you receive this before the election, please, please go
vote. Remember that the best person for the job of Secretary of
Agriculture is going to be someone who is going to listen to the
entire population of Iowa and is not influenced by “big”
money and the larger commodity groups. We need to remember that
the honey bee pollinates for everyone and doesn’t pick and
choose just the larger operations to help. Please read up on the
candidates and place an informed vote.
As a note of interest, Denise O’Brien,
one of the candidates for Secretary of Agriculture was written
about in the New York Times. A copy of the article is included
in this issue.
It is time for the Iowa Honey Producers Association
Annual meeting. Time flies doesn’t it? I hope everyone has
reserved a room and sent in the registration fee to attend. There
is something for everyone included in the meeting. Place your
orders for supplies with the loyal beekeeping suppliers that will
attend our meeting. They will bring your orders to the meeting.
Those attending will be Draper’s Super Bee, Dadant from
Sioux City, B & B Honey and B & L Plastics. There may
be more, check with your supplier to see if they will be attending.
The photo contest and cooking with honey contest
is a great way to share with fellow beekeepers interesting hobbies
that you may have besides the actual “hobby” of beekeeping.
There are rules listed in another article elsewhere in this issue.
Don’t forget to bring any of your homemade Mead to share
during the Marshalltown welcome party before the banquet. Bring
your auction items to benefit the Iowa Honey Queen program also.
There will be silent auctions both days and a live auction during
the banquet. Most importantly bring your inquisitive mind to absorb
all the information, beekeeping news, workshop ideas and to enjoy
the fellowship and ideas presented by your fellow beekeepers in
the state of Iowa.
A new and very exciting addition to our meeting
this year will be the implementation of our new Youth Scholarship
program. Coordinator, Teresa Jurchen, has received lots of applications
from interested youth. Judges at the meeting will interview the
candidates and choose four participants to be sponsored by the
IHPA and one youth to be sponsored by the Central Iowa Beekeepers
Association. What a great way to get younger beekeepers going
in the state.
Shawn is to arrive back in the States on October
28th. We are moving his family back to Lawton, OK to be with him.
Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that his unit doesn’t
get an extension of duty in Iraq. We will also get to report at
the Annual meeting, November 17th and 18th about our newest grandchild,
scheduled to be born on our birthday. We will wait to see how
close the due date is. Have a bountiful and truly thankful Thanksgiving
holiday with your family.
Donna Brahms, IHPA President
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