2021 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 2021 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.
Banquet and Luncheons (pre-registration required)
Queen Luncheon (Friday noon)
Choose from an amazing beef and sausage lasagna served with garlic breadsticks, or a massive hot beef sandwich piled high with fluffy mashed potatoes and drowned in a rich gravy.
Banquet (Friday night)
The Marriott hotel is preparing a delicious dinner with a multitude of choices for you while you enjoy a whole evening of entertainment from Bob Binnie (recounting 4 decades of fun stories and personal experiences in the beekeeping industry), our award ceremony, live auction, and more to be announced.
Choices for dinner:
Seasoned beef tenderloin tips with fluffy mashed potatoes & butter herb green beans.
A juicy boursin breaded chicken breast with garlic mashed potatoes & seasonal vegetables.
Vegetable pasta primavera served over a bed of penna pasta with a fantastic fresh marinara and alfredo.
(ALL BANQUET MEALS COME WITH FOCACCIA BREAD SERVICE, A FRESH CHEF SALAD AND DECADANT DESSERT)
Gluten Free Options
Youth Scholarship Luncheon (Saturday noon)
See the 2020 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 thick roasted turkey club sandwich served with chips and pasta salad, or a hearty pulled pork sandwich served with chips and coleslaw.
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. Official details to come, but for now know that 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 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!
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.
Be a part of this great event!
There are many ways one can be a part of this fantastic event and organization. We need officers, volunteers, donations, unique skills and trades, simple word of mouth, and the list goes on. Click on the link for great ways you can make a difference.
Every year, 3 of our 6 district directors, and all of our officers are up for election. Districts 1, 2, and 3 are up for election this year. Along with that our Presidential, Treasurer, and Historian positions are all open and uncontested at this moment. Please consider taking on one of these roles. Secretary Heidi Goodwin, and Vice President Kris Silvers are both willing to serve another term, but by all means, put your name in the hat and see who wins! It is an election after all. 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, get registered below or on the main homepage.
2nd, will you be needing accommodations for your stay? If so, contact the Marriott 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!
Marriott Hotel 1250 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266 USA
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!
CDC Covid Recommendations
IHPA is following CDC covid recommendations for "Annual Conference" It is reccomended but not required for fully vaccinated individuals to wear a mask. Those who have not been vaccinated will need to wear a mask except when eating or drinking. Attendees should social distance by trying to maintain 6 feet between themselves and others.