2022 Annual Conference
We've searched high and low in a crazy messed up year to find you the best of the very best speakers for our 2022 annual conference. We're proud to present the following individuals and programs. *Click* on the person's photo if you would like to read some additional background on them, or about the programs they will be discussing.
Guest Appearance by the Iowa secretary of Ag.
Guest Appearance by the mayor of Ames, John Haila
Guest Appearance by our Leg. Rep, Jim Obradovich
Banquet and Luncheons
Queen Luncheon (Friday noon)
Choose from an amazing BBQ Pulled Pork w/coleslaw and BBQ sauce on a Kaiser bun, or a lovely Grilled Chicken Ceasar Salad, grilled and marinated chicken breast, romaine hearts house made croutons, shredded parmesan and caesar dressing.
Banquet (Friday night)
The Gateway Conference Center is preparing a delicious dinner with a multitude of choices for you while you enjoy a whole evening of entertainment from Juliana Rangel Posada, our award ceremony, live auction, and more to be announced.
Choices for dinner:
Broiled cod-w/herbed butter heirloom wild rice & seasonal vegetables.
Chardonnay chicken-grilled chicken breast with chardonnay cream sauce, red onion confit, roasted red potatoes and vegetable medley.
Oven roasted pork loin-dutch mustard demi-glaze, dauphenoise potatoes and vegetable medley.
(ALL BANQUET MEALS COME WITH A GARDEN SALAD, HOUSEMADE BREAD AND BUTTER, & A DECADENT DESSERT)
***Gluten Free Options***
Youth Scholarship Luncheon (Saturday noon)
See the 2021 graduates of our scholarship program and the new line-up of youth starting their journey to becoming beekeepers while you dine on a tasty lunch. Choose from a Santa Fe chicken-marinated grilled chicken breast with sauteed peppers and onions, topped with pepperjack cheese and chipolte mayo on a kaiser bun, OOORRRRR a lovely shaved roast beef-roasted beef w/horseradish, blue cheese spread and swiss on a crusty roll.
Auction, Auction, Raffle, & Prizes Galore!!! (more info to come)
Both days have a multitude of goodies going on in the realm of auctions and raffles. There will be a live auction during the Friday evening banquet, and a silent auction each day. Auctions are comprised of donations by members and business partnerships with IHPA to generate funds to finance our amazing queen program. One that has grown numerous Iowa queens into "National Queens"! At intervals throughout the days, door prizes will also be called out to attendees. On top of all this Roy Craft, our illustrious past-president, talks his dear wife into making some of the most amazing beekeeping themed quilts you have ever set your eyes on.
This year's auction quilt!
Click on the quilt or on this link if you would like to see the other items made by Jodi Craft that will be auctioned or raffled off.
Awards and Achievements
Curt Bronnenburge, of Spring Valley Farms, has run this program of recognition for more years than I can recount. It has been a huge labor of love for him and it just blows me away year after year. Not many people like to toot-their-own-horn, but it's important to recognize people who go above and beyond or hit milestones that we all hope to reach someday. There are a whole slew of categories that are recognized. Please feel free to review the information by clicking the link below. If you know a beekeeper that fits one of these or surpasses it, I strongly encourage you to nominate them for one of the awards. The awards ceremony is part of the amazing banquet done Friday evening. If you aren't signed up for the banquet, please consider joining us!
As always, we will have all your favorite vendors from the Midwest. For information about our vendors and sponsors or to get signed up to be one, please click on one of the links.
The Iowa Honey Producers Association supports honeybee and beekeeping research through grants to research projects during the IHPA Annual Meeting. The IHPA Grant Proposal Form will need to be postmarked by the submission deadline (September 14, 2021) . The IHPA Board will review the stated use of the Grant to confirm the use is in line with the goal of promoting continued research in honeybees and beekeeping. This review will allow the board time to request additional information if needed, and ensure total proposed Grants do not exceed the association’s budget for research Grants.
Every year, 3 of our 6 district directors, and all of our officers are up for election. Districts 4, 5, and 6 are up for election this year. All of the current board (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Historian plan to run another year, but feel free to knock one of them off their spot! It is an election after all. Please contact Cheri if you are interested in running to get lined up with promoting your campaign and doing a meet and greet at conference. Click on the map for a better view of the districts.
What to do now???
There are 2 things you should think about doing
1st, getting registered by clicking the "registration" button below or on the main homepage.
2nd, will you be needing accommodations for your stay? If so, contact the Gateway hotel to make a reservation (information for that is just below). Be sure to tell them that you are with the IHPA Conference to receive our special rates for the 2 day event! OR Click the link to the right of the map to reserve your room online.
Gateway Hotel & Conference Center
2100 Green Hills Dr,
Ames IA 50014
To register ahead of time and get some significant savings, please print out the below form and mail it with your payment made out to "Iowa Honey Producers Association". More detailed instructions are on the form. Both forms are the same, just different formats for your convenience. For some things (such as meals), pre-registration is necessary. So don't miss out!