Upcoming Events

CIBA Virtual March Meeting

Saturday, March 27th, 6:30 PM


Ellen Bell, Bell Farm, Runnells, IA


Spring Management in Beekeeping:

One hour presentation will include spring feeding practices, mite control, how to split a hive, re-queening an existing hive or providing queens to your queenless splits and managing for swarm prevention. Recommended for beekeepers of all skill levels, but especially for those with hives coming out of winter in their first several years of beekeeping.

Note:  This is the 4th Saturday in March, a change from CIBA’s usual 3rd Saturday meeting schedule

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IHPA/Gilmore City-Bradgate Elementary School Beekeeping Conference

Saturday, February 20th, 8:00 AM

Are you interested in expanding your knowledge of beekeeping?!

Plan to attend our Virtual Beekeeping Conference hosted by Gilmore City-Bradgate Elementary School (GC-B) and the Iowa Honey Producers Association (IHPA). Several speakers from the IHPA will be guest speakers for this event-you won't want to miss this!!!

On Saturday, February 20th from 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. we will be learning about a variety of topics that YOU get to choose from!

For more information, and to register please use the following link:


Macro photo of a bee hive on a honeycomb

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!

Member Message Board

Renew Now!

Hard to believe, but 2021 is here, and 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!

  • As a reminder, you must be a current member to participate in the election of officers and directors at our March meeting. 

  • And don't forget, if you are a CIBA member and you sign up to sell at our annual auction, your consignment fee is discounted!  Photo to the right was taken during our 2019 auction.  

  • Download a membership form to renew your membership today!  Go to the Download Form section, using the button below!

Queen-Ambassador Candidates

Meet Ellie Nusbaum, who hales from Nevada, Iowa, and Jason Vernon from Ames, Iowa.  Ellie and Jason are our 2021 Queen and Ambassador, representing CIBA for the next year!  You can gain more information about Ellie and Jason on the Queen-Ambassador Corner page, using the button below!

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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! 






Valerie Just, Webmaster

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