CIBA has been promoting beekeeping and honey bees since 1947!


With over 100 members, CIBA serves beekeepers no matter the stage of their beekeeping journey - embarking on this adventure, enjoying the craft for decades or gaining livelihood as a commercial beekeeper. 


We invite you to explore our website, learn more about our group and the services we provide members and the community, and revel in the remarkable world of the honey bee!


Upcoming Events

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July 17th, 9:00 AM

CIBA Summer Field Day

Don't Miss Out on This Learning Opportunity!

Saturday, July17th


Andy Joseph, State Apiarist

Austin Miller

Contact us if you want to share your apiary!

Member Message Board

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.


Helen Keller

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

Mahatma Gandhi

Renew Your 2021 CIBA Membership Now!

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If you haven't yet, now is the time to renew your membership dues. 


CIBA membership runs on a calendar year, January 1 - December 31.  Your membership dues are the means in which the club pays for educational opportunities, such as the recent Winter Seminar we just hosted whereby we had over 235 beekeepers in attendance!  So please don't wait; the club needs your support to continue our mission!


CIBA Needs You!  Step Up...

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STEP UP:  Come forward for a particular purpose.

CIBA is an organization run by and for the benefit of its members.  All the officers and directors serve as volunteers without any compensation.  There are many ways to volunteer to help for CIBA.  Don’t think your help isn’t needed because you aren’t a master beekeeper.  There are many skills needed to keep CIBA running and multiple roles in which you can assist the association.  These range from organizing, feeding people (at least in normal years), supporting our youth program, writing for the BEELINE, presenting, volunteering to help at the Winter Seminar or the Annual Auction, just to name a few.

Resource Recommendations!

So You Want to Be a Beekeeper!

Guidance on steps to embark on your beekeeping venture, including upcoming classes

Beeline Newsletter

Our current newsletter, THE BEELINE, plus a blast from the past...

Margaret's FAQ's

A long-time beekeeper provides beekeeping guidance via years of FAQ's...

Lessons from John Johnson

John Johnson has mentored many beekeepers - read on  various beekeeping subjects...

Looking for More Beekeepers!


Ready to Join CIBA?  


You certainly don't want to miss our next field day!  Pictured is our 2018 field day at Spring Valley Honey Farms near Perry, Iowa.  Kurt Bronnenberg, our host at this field day, is a commercial beekeeper and has been managing bees for 32+ years.  This is just a sampling of the club offerings!

Membership dues fund our website, provide educational opportunities afforded all beekeepers through this site, meetings, field days and winter seminars as well as various community services.  To continue the support that we provide beekeepers, we need YOUR SUPPORT! CIBA pays speakers that we enlist at our meetings and seminars for presentations and expenses!

Make a beeline to join, as there is much in store for you in 2021!