Greetings from the President of the IHPA
Dear Honey Producers,
I am sitting at the computer at 10:00 p.m. Tuesday,
August 22nd trying to write an article that makes sense. The Iowa
State Fair is over, but the getting back to normal by being able
to walk through the garage, honey house and our home is far from
over! There are boxes and piles of items all over the place around
here. If I could only take at least one more day off from work
to put things away, it would be great. People stop me to ask how
the fair went, if I got to see lots of the fair and if I was recovered
from it. How fast should I recover? I haven’t even had a
whole day at home yet. Mike and I got home around 2:00 a.m. on
Monday morning. The alarm at 5:30 was not a welcomed sound. I
got Mike off to work and headed back to Des Moines after I unloaded
the car. We unloaded the back of the pick-up when we got home
and the front when Mike went to work. I finished things in Des
Moines, went back home and started to unload the camper. Tuesday
was work as usual and a Farmers’ market. I am ready to go
on a real vacation to get rested up. Most people think that I
just finished a vacation. If the Iowa State Fair is a vacation
for me, I don’t want to take a vacation. I didn’t
even get to see most of the attractions this year. We had some
days with too few workers to even get to eat at a decent time.
The unofficial accounting is complete with our sales up from last
year. Now, I need to get to work on the bills and the official
numbers. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that our net sales
will be up also.
THANK YOU to all of you who did come to the fair
to work in the IHPA sales booth. This is a member driven organization
and it takes everyone working together to make things happen.
It was a busy time but the weather wasn’t nearly as warm
as it has been in the past. There were a few days with the humidity
high, but overall the fair was relatively uneventful for us. It
was a great relief when the water to make the lemonade started
to run faster.
When the opportunity presents itself to you,
make sure you visit with both candidates for the Secretary of
Agriculture position. We need to make it known to both candidates
the importance of the Apiary Division in the Agriculture department.
Please help us elect a candidate that will work with us and for
us, the Iowa Beekeeping industry. We are a necessary and very
important part of the agricultural segment of Iowa. If you are
unsure of what to say to them, look at our website to get the
key points of the importance of the honey bee in Iowa. The candidates
are Denise O’Brien and Bill Northey. Look at their websites
also. We need to really let everyone know that we are needed in
the economy of Iowa and need a department and a state apiarist.
Contact me if you have any questions.
We haven’t had time to get all of our honey
off yet. The golden rod is starting to bloom here and we just
keep getting more rain. I know it is needed, but the garden is
sprouting weeds faster than we can keep them gone. We usually
plan to take off the honey supers on Labor Day week-end. The state
fair just puts everything on hold around here. It appears to be
a good crop for us. Hope all of you are experiencing the same.
Remember to put the Annual meeting on your schedule.
Pat has a great line-up of speakers again for us. November 17th
and 18th in Marshalltown promises to be a great learning experience.
Don’t forget to enter names to Ellie Johnson for the awards
presented at the banquet.
Shawn was able to be home for two weeks right
before the State Fair. He is scheduled to be back to Fort Sill
in October or November. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that
he will get to come then. He said the weather was really “warm”
in Iraq and Kuwait. It was great to see him.
Enjoy the great fall weather and remember that
September is National Honey month. Do a radio spot, advertise
in the local paper or do a promotion to let people know that you
are in the area. Let’s let people and candidates know we
Donna Brahms, IHPA President
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