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Beginning Beekeeping Courses to Be Held Across the State

This article was published originally on 1/11/2012

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) in partnership with the Iowa Honey Producers Association (IHPA) and several other groups will host twelve beginning beekeeping courses around the state in 2012.  Early enrollment is encouraged so courses can meet minimum enrollment numbers. Fees will vary by location.  For more information, please refer to the IHPA website or contact Andrew Joseph, State Apiarist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, at (515) 725-1481 or andrew.joseph@iowaagriculture.gov.
 
2012 beginning beekeeping course locations and details:
  

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

 
 
There are currently about 1,500 beekeepers in Iowa that manage around 30,000 colonies of honey bees.  These honey bees produce about 2 million pounds of honey annually, valued at $3.5 million.  Honey bees 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.
 
IDALS News Release, 12/28/11.