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You have found the Central Iowa Beekeepers Association (CIBA) organization in central Iowa. CIBA has been promoting beekeeping and honey bees since 1947! With over 125 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.
If you need a speaker to present information on honey bees and beekeeping, need some answers about your own colonies, or need social engagement with other beekeepers, you are in the right place!
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!
2024 CIBA Honey Queen/Ambassador Applications
CIBA is looking for 2024 queen and ambassador applicants!
Read more about our Royalty program here.
Applications are due by December 1st!
You can download an application here.
Contact Keri Kenoyer, our Royalty program coordinator
via email if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
M E M B E R M E S S A G E B O A R D
CIBA Club Meetings/Communications
CIBA meets 6 times annually, the third Saturday every other month. During active beekeeping season (May and September), they are late afternoon or early evening; in off-season (November and January) they are early afternoon. The March winter seminar and July field day are full-day events.
The official CIBA newsletter, the BEELINE, is published four times a year on the first day of January (Winter, beginning in 2023); March (Spring); May (Summer) and September (Fall). A special Student Edition is published each January for people enrolled in central Iowa beekeeping classes.
CIBA members also receive the CIBA Newscast email from the president on months when the BEELINE is not published (not available for members who choose to receive CIBA info only via USPS).
CIBA Bee Bits, an email newsletter with helpful hints about beekeeping, comes out the 15th of each month (not posted on the CIBA website and available only for CIBA members who receive CIBA info electronically).
Potential Insulation for your Bees!
Kyle, a central Iowa rancher and sheep shearer, has generously offered free wool for beekeeping needs, potentially for winter insulation!
You can contact Kyle via either email or text message. If you email Kyle, and don't get a response, follow-up with a text message. Kyle is not readily available for phone calls, so please be respectful, and adhere to sending text messages!
Kyle's contact information:
Thanks, Kyle, for your kind offer, and for beeing a bee steward!
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Ready to Join CIBA?
GOOD NEWS! If you join mid-year and thereafter, you get 50% off the membership fees!
You certainly don't want to miss our next field day! Pictured is our 2021 field day at Todd Robert's apiary (left) and Andy Joseph's apiary (right), both near Bondurant, Iowa.
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 2023!