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Welcome to the Iowa Honey Producers Association Website

Greetings from the Iowa Honey Producers Association! We hope you find your visit enjoyable and educational. The Buzz Newsletter contains the majority of the site content. In the future additional articles will be posted from IHPA to help document the experiences and expertise of beekeepers across the state of Iowa.

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The New IHPA Cookbook Needs Your Honey Recipes!

New IHPA Cookbook Recipe Form

It’s time for a new cookbook! Please submit your new Honey recipes, the Iowa Honey Producers Association is doing a new cookbook that will be available at the 2016 Iowa State Fair. We would like to have as many NEW recipes in this new cookbook as possible, so bring on your newest tried and true delights. Submit all the categories you can think of including soap and honey mead. We have the form available online through the Buzz, in the hard copy of the Buzz newsletter (June issue) or available for pick-up at the 2015 Summer Field Day in July and at the 2015 Annual Meeting in November. Our cut-off date for the cookbooks to get prepared will be March 1, 2016. We do have some incentives for you, the more recipes you submit, the better for you, stay tuned for those incentives in a later Buzz article.

Please submit recipes to:
Jodi Kraft
IHPA Cookbook Chairperson
P.O. Box 1
Goldfield, IA 50542-0001

or my committee members: Becky Elsbernd, Connie Bronnenberg, Rhonda Heston and Heidi Love.Thank you and looking forward to seeing your new recipes for the 2016 Iowa Honey Producers Association Cookbook.


2016 Iowa Beekeeping Courses

Here is the listing of beekeeping courses being offered in Iowa for 2016. The bees may not be very busy during the winter, but that doesn't mean the beekeepers can't get together and learn a little more about the wonderful world of bees. Attending a beekeeping course is a great way to learn beekeeping. There is nothing like learning from actual beekeepers what it is like to bring up a hive in the spring, watching it grow through the summer, and finally getting to taste that golden honey at the end of a season.

2016 Iowa Beekeeping Courses


2015 American Honey Queen Hails From Iowa

Gabrielle Hemesath

2015 American Honey Queen Gabrielle Hemesath

American Beekeeping FederationAmerican Beekeeping Federation
3525 Piedmont Road
Building Five, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA  30305-1509




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The American Beekeeping Federation is proud to announce that Gabrielle Hemesath was selected as the 2015 American Honey Queen at the North American Beekeeping Conference in Anaheim, CA in January.  Gabrielle is the 19-year-old daughter of Mary and Russell Hemesath of Clermont, IA, and the granddaughter of Karen Hemesath of Castalia, IA, and Imedla Schmitt of West Union, IA.  She is a freshman at Iowa State University, pursing a degree in marketing.  Gabrielle became interested in beekeeping at a young age and has been employed by Fassbinder Apiaries since 2008, assisting in managing 2,000 beehives.


Prior to being selected as the American Honey Queen, Gabrielle served as the 2014 Iowa Honey Queen.  In this role, she promoted the honey industry at fairs, festivals, and farmers’ markets, via media interviews, and in schools.


Gabrielle will spend the next year promoting the beekeeping industry throughout the United States in a wide variety of venues.  To schedule an appearance with American Honey Queen Gabrielle Hemesath, please contact American Honey Queen Program Chairperson Anna Kettlewell at 414.545.5514.


American Honey Queen Program ¡ Anna Kettlewell, Chairperson
10432 W. Norwich Avenue, Greenfield, WI 53228
414.545.5514 ¡


IHPA News & Events Blog

Keep up to date with the IHPA News & Events Blog. Below are some of the most recent posts. You can click on the links below, or the navigation tab at the top of the page to check out the latest news.


2014 IHPA Summer Field Day
Volunteers needed for the IHPA booth at the 2014 Iowa State Fair!
2014 CIBA Annual Auction
IHPA Board Meeting Rescheduled
2013 IHPA Annual Meeting Agenda with Speaking Times



Dates To Bee Remembered

Nov. 12th IHPA Board Meeting - Clarion Hotel in Cedar Rapids, IA

Nov. 13th & 14th IHPA Annual Meeting



Honeybees visit approximately 2 million flowers to produce just 1 pound of honey.

Honeybee on a dandelion.

As the saying goes, "...busy as a bee!"