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Dec 15

27 beekeeper courses to be offered in Iowa

beeDES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged Iowans interested in beekeeping to consider enrolling in one of the beekeeping schools that will be held around the state again in 2016.  There are a record number of 27 courses that will be held across the state for both the beginner and advanced bee keeper. 

“We continue to see interest grow in bee keeping, both among hobbyist who might just have a hive or two and commercial producers who can have 1,000s of hives.  These courses provide an excellent opportunity for new beekeepers or those who are interested in getting started to learn from experienced Iowa beekeepers who understand our seasons and environment how to successfully raise bees,” Northey said.

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.

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 the Department.

There are currently about 4,500 beekeepers in Iowa that manage more than 45,000 colonies of honey bees. These honey bees produce about 4 million pounds of honey annually, valued at over $8 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 honey bees as crop pollinators in Iowa has been estimated at $92 million annually.

A list of 2016 course locations and details follows here:

City & 
Time

Start Date

Course Length

Meeting Location

Contact to 
Register

Fee

Ankeny

6-8 pm  

 Jan 21 – Feb 25

Thursday evenings for 6 weeks

Iowa Lab Facility, DMACC Campus,
Ankeny, DCI Conference Room

To Register :
Andrew Joseph:
515-326-5765 (call or text) or Andrew.Joseph@ IowaAgriculture.gov
2230 S. Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, IA  50023

$35

 

 

Cedar Rapids

 

7-9 pm

Jan. 15

8 sessions through
out the year

Indian Creek Nature Center

Julie Walters: 319-362-0664 or jwalters@indiancreeknaturecenter.org
6665 Otis Rd SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Member:        $60

Nonmember: $90

Chariton

6:30-8-pm

Jan. 15- Feb 26

Friday evenings for 7 weeks

Lucas Co. Extension Office

Craig Greene: 641-842-2112

48293 Hy-Vee RD
Chariton, IA  52577

$45

Council Bluffs 

March 31-
April 14
    

Thursday evenings for 3 weeks

IA Western Comm. College @ Looft Hall

Iowa Western Comm. College
712-325-3255
2700 College Rd
Council Bluffs, IA  51502

Instructor: Clarence Sealy

$59

Davenport

2 class options;   both at
6-8 pm

 

 

Jan thru March

Dates to be determined

Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks

     or

Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks

Nahant Marsh Education Center

 

To Register:
www.nahantmarsh.org or
563-323-5196
4220 S Wapello Ave
Davenport, IA 52802

Instructor: Phil Crandall: (309)799-7420

 

Members $75

Non-members
$95

 

Des Moines

6:30 – 
8:30 pm

Jan 30 –
Feb 24

Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks

Des Moines Social Club

To Register: http://desmoinessocialclub.org/events/categories/education/

900 Mulberry St
Instructor: Julia McGuire

$50 + Book

Des Moines

6:30 –
8:30 pm

Jan 25 –
b 29

Monday evenings for 6 weeks

Merrill Middle School

To register: Community education @ 515-242-8521 or www.dmced.org

5301 Grand Ave
Instructor: Julia McGuire

$50 + book

Fairfield

TBD

TBD

TBD

Jefferson County Extension Office

Barb @ 641-472-4166
2606 W Burlington Ave
Fairfield, IA  52556

Instructor: Vern Ramsey & Joy Westercamp

$5.00

Fort Dodge

9 am – 12 noon

Jan 9- 30

Saturday mornings for 4 weeks

Webster County Extension
Office

To register: Yvonne @
515-835-9326 or e-mail: Yvonne@iastate.edu
217 South 25th St.
Ste C12 (enter S.E. corner)
Fort Dodge, IA 50501-7670

Instructor: Roy Kraft

Single $35 /
Family $45

Fort Dodge

Advanced Class 
1-4 pm

Jan 30

Saturday afternoon

Webster County Extension
Office

To register: Yvonne @
515-835-9326 or e-mail: Yvonne@iastate.edu
217 South 25th St.
Ste C12 (enter S.E. corner)
Fort Dodge, IA 50501-7670

Instructor: Roy Kraft

Cost to be determined

Glenwood

TBD

TBD

TBD

The Gathering Place in Glenwood

110 S. Vine St

Instructor:
Clarence Sealy:
712-310-7410

$35

Indianola
(FBI Club)

6:30-8 pm

Feb. 4 – March 24

Thursday evenings for 8 weeks

Calvary Baptist Church Indianola, IA

Judy Spence: 515-988-8397
Jespencejr44@gmail.com

2708 N Jefferson Way
Indianola, IA 50125

Class free –
$8.00 for book

Keosauqua

TBD

TBD

TBD

Roberts Bldg –
with cooperation
with Van
Buren County Extension.

319-293-3039

Hwy 1 north
Keosauqua, IA 52562
Instructor: Vern Ramsey
& Joy Westercamp

$5.00

Knoxville

6:30-8 pm

Jan. 12 –
Feb 23

Tuesday evenings  for 7 weeks

Marion County Extension Office

Jerry Weldon
@ 641-842-5888

210  N Iowa St
Knoxville, IA 50138

$45

Marshall-
town

7-9 pm

Jan. 28-
March 3

Thursday  evenings
for 6 weeks

Iowa Valley Community College

April Forbes
800-284-4823/641-752-4645
Room 612
3702 South Center St
Marshalltown, IA 50158
Instructor: Phil Ebert

$35

Mason City

9 am – 12 noon

Feb. 6-
Feb 27

Saturday mornings for 4 weeks

North Iowa Area Community College

NIACC Continuing Education: 641-422-4358
500 College Dr
Mason City, IA 50401
Instructor: Pat Ennis

$39

Oskaloosa

6-8 pm

Jan 15 –
Feb 26-

Friday evenings for 7 – 8 weeks

Mahaska County Extension office

Jim Marshall 641-660-0983
212 North I Street
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
Instructors: Jim & Tina Marshall

$45

Ottumwa 

5:30-8pm

Jan 12- Feb 23

Tuesday evenings for 7 weeks

Great Prairie Area Education Agency

To register-Jen Daugherty
641-682-5491
2814 North Court Street
Ottumwa IA 52501
Instructor: Craig Greene

$45

Peosta

6-9 pm

Jan 28  March 3

Thursday
evening
for 6 weeks

Northeast Iowa Community College
Room: CC1

NICC Continuing Education:
563-557-8271, ext 380
8342 NICC Drive
Peosta, IA  52068
Instructors:
Bill & Louise Johnson

$30

Sioux Center

Spring classes

February

4-5 sessions

Dates to be determined

Thursday evenings

Dordt College

712-722-6275
Dordt College
498 4th Ave
Sioux Center, IA

Instructor:
Duane H Bajema Ph. D.

$70

Sioux Center 

Beginning beekeeping field day

June 4

Rain date-June 11

Saturday

Dordt College

712-722-6275
Dordt College
498 4th Ave
Sioux Center, IA

Instructor:
Duane H Bajema Ph. D.

Field day

Cost to be determined

Sioux Center

Fall Classes

October

4-5 sessions

Dates to be determined

Thursday evenings

Dordt College

712-722-6275
Dordt College
498 4th Ave
Sioux Center, IA

Instructor:
Duane H Bajema Ph. D.

$70

Sioux Center 

Beginning beekeeping  field day

July 30

Rain date –August 6

Saturday

Dordt College

712-722-6275
Dordt College
498 4th Ave
Sioux Center, IA

Instructor:
Duane H Bajema Ph. D.

Field day

Cost to be determined

Spencer

Beginning Beekeeping
9 am-4 pm

Feb 20

Saturday –
one day
class

Spencer,

Location to be determined

Marlene @ 712-320-1907

 

Instructor: Resource Education Team, Northwest Iowa Beekeepers

Single $40  / Family $45

Field day in
May

 Spencer

Advanced Beekeeping 
9 am-4pm

March 19

Saturday –
one day
class

Spencer,

Location to be determined

Marlene @ 712-320-1907

 

Instructor:  Resource Education Team, Northwest Iowa Beekeepers

Single $30 /
Family $35

Field Day in
May

Toddville

Tuesdays 
7-9 pm
    &
Saturdays
1-3 pm

8 sessions thru year starting
Jan 12

Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons

Wickiup Hill Learning Center
Linn County
Conservation

To register: Shane Bixby @ 319-721-3493 or honeybeeclasses @gmail.com

10260 Morris Hill Rd
Instructors: Bob Wolff & Shane Bixby

$150
Includes 3 field days and all materials

Washington

6-8 pm

Feb 1 –
Feb 22

Monday evenings for 4 weeks

Kirkwood
Comm.
College;
Washington Center

319-653-4655
111 West View Dr
Washington, IA
Instructor:
Ron Wehr: 319-698-7542

Class -$39  /
Material-$15

 

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