The Indiana Beekeepers’ Association (IBA) held its Indiana Bee School XII in Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday, February 22, 2014. This year it was held at a larger facility to accommodate more attendees.
Alas, the party's over. We had a great time at the Indiana Bee School. If you weren't there, watch for the next IBA newsletter to see what you missed. Almost 900 fellow beekeepers were on hand to take part in the sessions, the vendor area and enjoying a beautiful day that made us all wonder what our bees were doing.
We'd like to thank the many committee members that helped out on Friday/Saturday. For a complete list, see our Bee School page.
Swarms are more prevalent in the Spring; however, anytime a hive is overcrowded they may swarm. What's the difference between a swarm and a cut out or trap out? If you need to find someone interested in removing swarms check out the Swarm Call List link below. If you have bees in a structure, check out the Cut Out List link below.
Swarms - a cluster of bees that have landed on a temporarily location, usually a tree limb or fence.
Cut outs - hive of bees are in a structure; home, garage, etc.
Trap Outs- a hive is located inside a structure that prohibits the removal of any of the structure to get to the bees. This is the most timeconsuming and requires several trips to the location.
Here is a Swarm Call List of Indiana Beekeepers Association by county along with name and contact numbers.
The Bee Informed Partnership is a 5 year effort funded by USDA/NIFA (U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture). It is a large collaboration between research institutions, Universities, and beekeepers from all over the country.
The main idea behind the Bee Informed Partnership is to get information collected from beekeepers back to beekeepers quickly so they can make more informed decisions.
For more information on this and other research being done, visit the Research section on our Bee Links page.
The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) held their January, 2014 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. And what a great conference it was. There were 10 Hoosiers who throughly enjoyed the Baton Rouge Bee Lab tour, Dr. Marion Ellis and other guest speakers. There were break out sessions, including two from our very own Mike and Debbie Seib and Indiana Beekeeper, Tim Ives, won third place for his honey. With over 80 vendors from across the states and a Kids program that was the "Buzz of the Show". Photos by Debbie Seib.
Left - Tim Ives in the vendor area. Looks like he's checking out the Fork Lifts.
Middle - Mike Seib, Shelby Kilpatrick (Texas Honey Queen) and Lawrence and Gordon (Beetle Blaster)
Right - Six of the 10 Indiana Beekeepers that attended the conference. Left to right: Mitch Yaclw, Jeff Dittemore, Tim Ives, Mike Seib, Debbie Seib and Ginger Davidson.
Do you have boxes, frames or equipment that needs to be sterilized? On March 21, Iotron is waiving its minimum processing charges and will process supers (with or w/o frames), brood comb, frames, or other items that you would like sterilized. For all the specifics, click here.
Check back from some exciting information about our next event.
The fall conference had 279 attendees, many of whom were members of the Indiana Beekeepers' Association and some were LIFE members. What did you miss if you weren't there? A great guest speaker, Michael Bush, superb break out sessions, bee vendors, beautiful blue skies and best of all, Food-Glorious Food. (Photos by Debbie Seib)
Life members on the lawn of the hotel at the Clifty Falls Inn.
Left - Shelia Morrow manning a vendor booth.
Right - Ted Chatham managing the IBA booth. Thanks Ted.
Picture of a bee smoker from 500 B.C. Courtesy of Rob and Jessica Carlson in Greece.
Many of our members have been busy spreading the word about beekeeping with the community. See stories in the BEE Links page.
Would you like to know where you can buy honey in your local area? Click on 'Local Honey' or check out the 'Local Honey' page under 'Services'.
You can renew your membership or join the Indiana Beekeepers Association (IBA) using PayPal as well as continue to mail them in. If you'd like to mail them, please note the address for sending in your dues.
Indiana Beekeepers Association
7784 N. Sanctuary Lane
Mooresville, IN 46158
Attn: Debbie Seib, IBA Treasurer
The address label on your newsletter includes your dues expiration date.
For more information see the Membership tab on our website.
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