Greetings from the President of the IHPA
Dear Honey Producers:
As I sit writing this, I have had nothing but
unplanned things happen today. I had wanted to have this done
early this morning, but no! Mike had to be to work by 4 a.m. this
morning, so I decided I would have plenty of time to get the newsletter
article done, the bid results sent and the agenda for the upcoming
board meeting completed. What I hadn’t planned on was having
no electricity. Everything that I went to do required electricity
except using the water. We are on rural water now so I did have
water, no hot water, but water was available.
It is hot and dry here in SW Iowa. August will
bring better weather, right? The State Fair is history. Next month
will bring the report on the 2005 Iowa State Fair. Thanks for
all the help.
In the May-June issue of Successful Farming magazine
is a wonderful article on Spring Valley Honey Farms and Curt and
Connie Bronnenberg and family. I really enjoy getting to read
about people and things I can relate to. Great article Curt and
In the June issue of The Speedy Bee, several
articles are on products advertising honey in the product. Many
that boast of honey in the name of the item, don’t even
have traces of actual honey in it. If you find a product that
has honey in the name or uses honey in the artwork, contact the
company. In the article people stated in a survey that they would
pay more for a product containing honey because of the health
benefits. Let’s bombard the offending companies with questions
about their tactics. I have received several e-mails from IHPA
members questioning company ethics and practices of using honey
in the name but actually containing little or no honey in the
ingredients. These members contacted the company and received
a standard “thank you” letter for contacting the company.
The National Honey Board is working on this problem also.
By now many of you know that Steve Hanlin, our
vice president, had an accident on July 4th. He broke his arm
in several places during a car accident. We hope Steve isn’t
out of commission too long and wish him a speedy recovery.
I recently received the new issue of the Missouri
State Beekeeper’s Association newsletter. Their fall meeting
will be October 28th and 29th in Osage Beach, MO. One of the speakers
will be Bob Cox. Anyone wanting information about this meeting,
please contact me and I will get you the information.
Thanks go out to Doris and Vernie Ramsey for
attending the Farm Bureau Teacher’s Academy held in Mediapolis.
They took an observation hive and did a presentation for teachers
concerning honey and beekeeping.
I wish everyone a bountiful honey harvest.
Donna Brahms, IHPA President
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