Upcoming Events

105th Iowa Honey Producers Association 

Annual Meeting and Conference

November 10-11, 2017

Two ways to Register--Print form only PDF or Word File.  Please choose one and mail in.


 A N N O U N C I N G


Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland’s Department of Entomology and an internationally known honey bee epidemiologist. He graduated with a master’s degree in apiculture at Guelph and worked for the Canadian Government as a consultant to the Antigua Beekeepers Cooperative in the West Indies.  He returned north to work at Cornell University as an extension agent before working as the Acting State Apiarist for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, through a contract with Penn State University, where he also earned his PhD.  He has served as the President of the Apiary Inspectors of America, is a founding member of the Colony Collapse Working Group,

was a board member of Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Bee Board, is a member of the Honey Bee Health Coalition and is the President of the Bee Informed Partnership, Inc.  Dennis has written extensively, has been widely interviewed (including the New York Times, Le Monde, the Guardian, the Globe and Mail, the New Yorker, Time, Fortune Magazine, People magazine, Discover, Science News, Science Magazine, National Geographic  magazine, Spiegel); radio, (including NPR, The Rutherford Show, ABC radio; Wisconsin Public Radio; KPFA's Morning Show; numerous local and regional news, television (including Good Morning America, FOX news, 60 minutes, CBC, PBS Newshour) and documentary film (including Silence of the Bees, the Last beekeeper, Vanishing of the bees, The Collectors). He has given well over 300 talks on beekeeping including the French Parliament Agricultural Committee in Paris, the EU parliamentary commission on Colony Health, in Brussels.

Dr. Marion Ellis received his B.S. in biology and M.S. in agricultural biology from University of Tennessee in 1972 and 1974, respectively. Upon completing his M.S., he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru and El Salvador working as a teacher and extension specialist. He then spent four years at the North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station working on pollination of plant germplasm collections and 15 years as the Nebraska State Apiculturist. After 21 years of applied apiculture work, he returned to school and completed a Ph.D. in entomology in 1994. 

Currently, he is a professor emeritus of entomology at the University of Nebraska. Where he taught classes in bee biology and beekeeping and presentation methods.  His extension programs included beginning and advanced beekeeping workshops, youth outreach education and workshops for K-12 teachers on using insects in science education.  His research interests are investigating novel strategies for managing varroa mites and reducing bee injury from pesticides applied to crops.  His most recent research investigated synergistic interactions among drugs used in beekeeping and the sublethal effect of pesticides on the reproductive members of a honey bee colony.

Rhonda Fleming Hayes is the author of Pollinator Friendly Gardening: Gardening for Bees, Butterflies and Other Pollinators. She is an award-winning writer and photographer applying her passion for all things plant-related with wit and solid research-based advice. A columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, she has also been published in Mother Earth Living, The Herbalist, and many online sites.  Rhonda became certified as an Extension Master Gardener in 2000 but has been gardening in some form or fashion since she was a child at her grandmother’s knee. She is a member of the Garden Writers Association, The Herb Society of America, The Xerces Society and the Minnesota State Horticultural Society. She is a trustee of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Dr. Matt O’Neal is an Associate Professor in Entomology at Iowa State University, with research and teaching responsibilities related to pest management with a focus on soybean production.  Before coming to ISU, he received his MS in Entomology at the University of Illinois working with Dr. Mike Gray.  He received his PhD at Michigan State University where he was advised by Drs. Chris DiFonzo and Doug Landis. 


In 2004, he arrived at ISU and developed a research program focused on the biology and management practices for the soybean aphid.  During this time he has studied several approaches to soybean aphid management, including the use of foliar and seed-applied insecticides, various biological control agents and aphid-resistant soybeans. His work includes studies of how conservation can improve the delivery of ecosystem servifes, like pest regulation and pollination. 

Currently, Matt is collaborating with several scientists at ISU to determine the impact of IPM and conservation practices on pollinators that use soybean as a forage.


In addition to research, Dr. O'Neal teaches several classes to undergraduate and graduate students at ISU on the topic of entomology and pest management. He is also chair of the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture. In his free time, he co-hosts the 'Soybean Pest Podcast' with Dr. Erin Hodgson.

Tim Olsen, who grew-up near Windom, Minnesota, graduated from the University of Minnesota and then worked as a County Extension Agent in both Minnesota and New York State.  Following graduation from Seminary, as a second career clergy, he served churches in Iowa for several years. Returning to Minnesota, Olsen worked for Sioux Falls Seminary. A special project at the Seminary led him to create the nonprofit, Ground Works-Midwest that specializes in school teaching garden programs, and youth health summer camp programs in the tristate area. Olsen is a U of M Extension Master Gardener, and County Fair and State Fair 4-H judge.


A beekeeper with seven years of beekeeping experience, Olsen is President and education coordinator of the Northwest Iowa Beekeepers Association. He manages 25 bee colonies at six bee yards in the Luverne, Minnesota area.

Iowa State Fair
Aug. 9-19, 2018

Iowa Honey Producers Association

Iowa State Fair Honey Lemonade

1 (30 oz) carton Sunkist frozen lemon juice

25 oz of honey (approximately 3 cups)

Combine lemon juice & honey.

Add water to make 2 gallons.

Mix Well & Enjoy!

    The Iowa State Fair is one of the biggest events for the Iowa Honey Producers Association. Located in the Agricultural Building is great tasting Iowa honey, beeswax candles, honeycomb, and a variety of other honeybee products, much of which is entered into the Fair's judged competition. Most of all, be sure to check out our Honey Lemonade stand - nothing better will quench your thirst on a hot August day.


    There is also an extensive beekeeping display. What kind of beekeeping exhibit would be complete without some actual honeybees?  Come and find the Queen bee!

(Click on the ribbon to the left for a link to the Iowa State Fair.)

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