2014 IHPA Summer Field Day

BeekeeperSaturday, July 12th 2014 at Spring Valley Honey Farm, 14405 Hull Ave, Perry, IA
Registration at 8.00am. Activities begin 9.00am – 3.30pm.

2014 IHPA Summer Field Day Registration and Information

Field Day Topics:
Simultaneous demonstrations, how-to and tips on promoting honey as a healthy sweetener, marketing your products, make beeswax candles, best knots for securing equipment in transit, catch a swarm, create a nuc, practice how to mark a bee using drones, mini lab to dissect bees and identify Nosema spores. Field sessions with live bees, including IPM techniques, will be done in small groups (bring your bee suit). Latest apiary report from Andy Joseph – State Apiarist.


Volunteers needed for the IHPA booth at the 2014 Iowa State Fair!

Iowa Honey Producers AssociationDear Beekeepers
I know it may be hard to start thinking about the State Fair, however Spring is here and the Iowa State Fair is fast approaching; August 7-17.

For those members new to the Iowa Honey Producers Association (IHPA), we have a booth at the State Fair annually in the Ag building; selling honey products, honey lemonade, lotions, soaps, beeswax items, promotional merchandise etc. This is our main fund raising event, which is needed to help support our various educational programs. We ask our members to help make this event a success, by volunteering their time assisting with cash register sales, bagging product, pricing, mixing and serving honey lemonade, offering honey samples etc. Each volunteer will be provided with free honey lemonade if you get thirsty while working at the booth, also a FREE pass to get into the fair, plus you get to enjoy the great entertainment at the fair before/after your shift at the booth.


Full volunteer information:  2014 Volunteers for the Iowa State Fair Booth


The Bayer Bee Care Tour — March 28th in Ames,Iowa

Don’t miss your chance to experience Bayer’s Bee Care Tour at Iowa State University. The Tour is a part of Bayer’s effort to foster education and collaboration among growers, beekeepers, researchers and others interested in engaging in topics related to honey bee health.

Iowa State University
March 28, 2013
Reiman Gardens
1407 University Blvd.
Ames, Iowa 50011
10 a.m. – Noon
Lunch Provided

If you would like to attend the Tour stop in Ames, please RSVP to Cathatine Montgomery at catharine.montgomery@porternovelli.com or call 404-995-4521.


Click here to open the Ames tour stop flyer. (pdf)

For live updates on the tour, follow @BayerBeeCare on Twitter #BayerBeeTour

Click here to visit the Bayer Bee Care Center Facebook page.

2013 Iowa Beekeeping Course Listing


The 2013 Iowa Beekeeping Course Listing is now available. Some courses have or will be beginning soon, so take a moment to find an exciting course offering near you! One of the best ways to learn beekeeping is to take one of these courses. There are good books on beekeeping, however having your questions answered by an experienced beekeeper is priceless. Also beekeeping is local. The beekeepers teaching these courses have their experience rooted in the Iowa environment. Keeping bees is not the same in Florida, Texas, or California. And to top it all off, beekeepers love to share the excitement and experiences they have had keeping honeybees. Take a beekeeping course and join in the fun!

Click here to open a printable copy of the 2013 Iowa Beekeeping Course Listing



Beekeeping Courses to be Offered Across the State of Iowa

City Start Date Course Time Meeting Location Contact Fee

6-8 pm

Jan. 22 Tuesdays for 6 weeks Iowa Lab Facility, DMACC Campus Andrew Joseph: 515-725-1481 or Andrew.Joseph@IowaAgriculture.gov2230 s. Ankeny Blvd

Ankeny, IA  50023

Cedar Rapids 


7-9 pm

Jan. 17 8 sessions throughout the year Indian Creek Nature Center Jean Wiedenheft:  more information at www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org/basic-beekeeping/6665 Otis Rs SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Member: $55Nonmember: $85

Partner: $10


6-8 pm

Jan. 15 Tuesdays for 7 weeks Marion County Extension Office Craig Greene: (641) 842-2112 

210  N Iowa St

Knoxville, IA 50138


6-8 pm

Jan. 31 Thursdays for 6 – 8 weeks Wyatt Honey House Mike Wyatt: (515) 961-0357Judy Spence: (515) 988-8397


5912 155 Ave

Indianola, IA 50125

Glenwood Feb. 23 Wednesdays for 4 weeks IA Western Comm. College Clarence Seale: 712-310-7410 TBD
Davenport Feb. 6 Wednesdays for 6 weeks Nahant Marsh Education Center563-323-5196 Phil Crandall: (309)799-7420 or pcrandall@crandallfarms.com 

4220 S Wapello Ave

Davenport, IA 52802



Jan. 18 Fridays for 7 weeks Lucas Co. Extension Office Craig Greene: (641) 842-2112 

48293 HyVee Rd

Oskaloosa, IA 52577



6-8 pm

Jan.  17 Thursdays for 7 weeks Mahaska County Extension office Craig Green: 641-842-2112 

212 North IsL

Oskaloosa, IA





7-9 pm

Jan. 16 Wednesdays:Beginning Beekeeping class for 4 weeks; Advanced Beekeeping next 3 weeks Iowa Valley Community College Sandy Supianoski: 800-284-4823 

3702 South center St

Marshalltown, IA


Instructor: Phil Ebert

$40 for both sessions$25 – 30 for one session

6-9 pm

Jan 24 1 day / week for 6 weeks Northeast Iowa Community College NICC Continuing Education: 563-557-0354 or www.nicc.edu and click on continuing education $30

6-8 pm

Feb. 4 Mondays for 4 weeks Kirkwood Center 



111 West View Dr

Washington, IA



Ron Wehr: 319-698-7542


9 am-4 pm



March 16


Two Saturdays, one month apart TBD Larry or Marlene Boernsen: 712-735-4205 Single$35




Mason City 

9 am – 12 noon

Feb. 2 Saturdays for 4 weeks North Iowa Area Community College NIACC Continuing Education: 641-422-4358 $39


Please note that not all of these courses are sponsored by the Iowa Honey Producers Association, and the information presented by the instructors is not necessarily endorsed by the IHPA.  Additionally, none of the courses are sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship and the information presented by the instructors is not necessarily endorsed by IDALS.

The 2012 IHPA Annual Meeting Agenda is now available.


The 2012 IHPA Annual Meeting Agenda is now available. Come checkout the great line up of events for the 100th Annual Meeting. Guest speakers are Katie Lee from the University of Minnesota. David Mandes commercial beekeeper from Fort Myers, FL. Lee Heine, 35 years as the Watertown, WI Dadant branch manager, and long time supporter of the IHPA and its Youth and Queen Programs. Amy Toth Assistant Professor from Iowa State University. Bob Cox the former Iowa State Apiarist, currently with the USDA Honey Bee Research Lab in Weslaco, TX.

We hope to see you there! The Annual Meeeting is a great time to learn and enjoy catching up with your fellow beekeepers.

Click here to view the complete 2012 IHPA Annual Meeting Agenda (pdf)

Registration information for the meeting can be found in the October issue of The Buzz Newsletter. October Buzz Newsletter (pdf).