Beekeeping Schools Offered In 2012

Beekeeping Schools Offered In 2012

Courses for beginning beekeepers will be held across the state, at various locations beginning January 17. Even if you are not a beginner, you can attend these educational sessions.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is encouraging Iowans interested in beekeeping to consider enrolling in one of the twelve beekeeping schools that will be held around the state again in 2012. The Iowa Honey Producers Association (IHPA) in partnership with several other groups host the courses to help those interested in beekeeping get started.

"These courses provide an excellent opportunity for new beekeepers or those who are interested in getting started to learn from Iowa beekeepers who understand our seasons and environment," Northey says. "The timing and content of the coursework aims to help you become prepared and confident in time for bees to arrive this spring."

Early enrollment in these courses is important, please sign up now

Early enrollment for many of these courses is important so courses can meet minimum enrollment numbers. Fees will vary by location. For more information, please refer to the IHPA website and online monthly newsletter at www.abuzzaboutbees.com or contact Andrew Joseph, state apiarist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, at (515) 725-1481 or andrew.joseph@iowaagriculture.gov.

There are currently about 1,500 beekeepers in Iowa that manage around 30,000 colonies of honeybees.  These honeybees produce about 2 million pounds of honey annually, valued at $3.5 million.  Honeybees are also responsible for the pollination of many Iowa crops.  Field and horticultural crops, home gardens and plants eaten by wildlife are dependent on bee pollination for the production of their fruits, nuts and seeds.  The economic value of honeybees as crop pollinators in Iowa has been estimated at $92 million annually.

A list of the 2012 course locations and details follows here:

City

Start Date

Course Time

Meeting Location

Contact

Fee

Ankeny

Jan. 19

Thursdays for 7 weeks

Iowa Lab Facility, DMACC Campus

Andrew Joseph: 515-725-1481 or Andrew.Joseph@IowaAgriculture.gov

$30

Cedar Rapids

Jan. 19

8 sessions throughout the year

Indian Creek Nature Center

Bob Wolfe: 319-363-0664 or more information at www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org/basic-beekeeping/

Member: $55

Nonmember: $85

Partner: $10

Knoxville

Jan. 17

Tuesdays for 7 weeks

Marion County Extension Office

Craig Greene: (641) 842-2112

$30

Indianola

Jan. 19

Thursdays for 8 weeks

Trinity-United Presbyterian Church

Mike Wyatt: (515) 961-0357

TBD

Glenwood

Jan. 25

Wednesdays for 4-6 weeks

Mills County Engineer's office

Clarence Seale: 712-310-7410

TBD

Winterset

March

TBD

Winterset library

Pat Randol: (515) 210-7445 or pdrandol@gmail.com

TBD

Oskaloosa

Jan. 19

Thursdays for 7 weeks

Mahaska County Extension office

Craig Green: 641-842-2112

$30

Marshalltown

Jan. 18

Beginning Beekeeping class for 4 weeks; Advanced Beekeeping next 3 weeks

Iowa Valley Community College

Sandy Supianoski: 800-284-4823

$40 for both sessions

$25 for one session

Peosta

Jan. 24

Tuesdays for 6 weeks

Northeast Iowa Community College

NICC Continuing Education: 563-557-0354 or www.nicc.edu and click on continuing education

TBD

Washington

Feb. 6

Mondays for 4 weeks

Kirkwood Center

Ron Wehr: 319-698-7542

TBD

Spencer

March

TBD

TBD

Larry or Marlene Boernsen: 712-735-4205

TBD

Mason City

Feb. 4

Saturdays for 4 weeks

North Iowa Area Community College

NIACC Continuing Education: 641-422-4358

$39

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