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Scroll down for a list of Iowa beekeeping clubs. For an individual beekeeper or bee removal company in Iowa, go to the Bee Removal Page and select Iowa from the drop-box, or see the Iowa Beekeeper Swarm Page

If you know of any Iowa beekeeping clubs or Iowa beekeeping organizations not listed on these pages, or if the Iowa bee group details listed have changed, please go to the Beekeeping Club Form page and send the updated information for inclusion here.

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New beekeepers are often advised to join a local beekeeping groups. I think this is the single most useful thing they can do. It provides an invaluable source of information, instruction, advice and assistance. It is often said that if you ask three beekeepers a question, you'll get at least four opinions, a beekeeping club is a great place to find, and compare those opinions. Most beekeepers are very enthusiastic about what they do and are more than happy to help people just starting out by passing on their years of hard-won experience. Even after more than 20 years of beekeeping I almost always learn something new and useful at a bee meeting.

Usually beekeeping clubs have equipment such as an extractor which can be borrowed or rented when necessary. Even if the club itself doesn't own any equipment, there is often a member who is prepared to lend you something. Often there will be talks and demonstrations which will help clarify some of the confusing things one reads about.

I remember reading, when I first started, about how to catch a swarm using a cardboard box. I was very puzzled, the instructions said to shake the bees off a branch into a box, then turn it over and place the box on the ground. I assumed, wrongly, that the bees would all fall out, but they really don't. I have explained how to do this and then demonstrated this to people, you can see the look of understanding on their faces when they see that the bees cling onto the underside of the box, and crawl upwards on any vertical surface.

You will encounter 'crusty' know-it all beekeepers, I'm planning to be one myself, don't be put off there are all sorts of people in a bee club and you're bound to find someone who you can get along with.

If there are no Iowa beekeeping associations in your area I strongly advise you to consider starting one. It's surprising how many people are interested once the word gets around.

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Julia McGuire
Email: jcammcguire@yahoo.com
Des Moines Backyard Beekeepers
Des Moines Iowa 50313
Contact: 515-988-1828

Michael Swett
Email: Swettenterprises@Yahoo.com
Central Iowa Beekeepers
Ames Iowa 50014
Contact: 525-231-5498

LAPLANDERS HONEY CONFERENCE
Ann Garber
PO Box 36
Allerton, IA 50008
Phone 641-873-4119
Fax 641-873-6497

INDIAN CREEK NATURE CENTER
Robert Wolf
315 Linden Terrace SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone 319-366-5415
www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org

DES MOINES BACKYARD BKPRS ASSOC
Frank Pering
210 E. Kirkwood Ave
Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone 515-244-4045
Email peringf@juno.com

IOWA HONEY PRODUCERS ASSOC
Tim Laughlin
504 'H' Ave
Grundy Center, IA 506388
Phone 319-825-6462

EAST CENTRAL IA BKPRS ASSOC
Terry Dahms
3086 Sycamore Trail NE
Iowa City, IA 52240
Phone 319-338-5919
Email tldahms@mchsi.com

SE IA BKPRS ASSN
Ron Wehr
2270 Juniper Ave
Keota, IA 52248

CENTRAL IA BKPRS ASSOC
Margaret Hala
1988 Vine Ave
Marshalltown, IA 50158
Email mhala@marshallnet.com

SW IA HONEY PRODUCERS ASSOC
Michael O'Hearn
RR 2 Box 17
Northboro, IA 51647


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