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  U P C O M I N G    E V E N T S ! !


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 and
Ambassador Applications

Passionate about Beekeeping?
Apply to be CIBA’s 2024 Queen or Ambassador

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  • Are you a young adult with a burning passion for beekeeping?

  • Is your mind filled with knowledge about these buzzing creatures and their critical role in our environment?

  • Do you dream of sharing this passion and knowledge with others?


If your answer to these questions is a resounding 'yes', then we have an exciting opportunity for you.The Central Iowa Beekeepers Association (CIBA) is now accepting applications for the coveted positions of Queen and Ambassador for the year 2024. This is an exceptional opportunity to advocate for the well-being of bees, share your expertise, and connect with a community that shares your passion.

About the Roles

As the Queen or Ambassador of CIBA, you will serve as the face of the association,representing us in various events and forums. This role is not just about wearing a crown or title; it is about embracing responsibility and making a difference in the world of beekeeping.


The Queen or Ambassador will be expected to educate people about the importance of bees,the threats they face, and what we can do to protect them. You will have the platform to inspire a new generation of beekeepers, promote sustainable practices, and contribute to  the preservation of bee populations.

Who Can Apply?

This opportunity is open to young adults age 16-20 years of age who have a deep understanding and passion for beekeeping. The ideal candidate should be comfortable speaking in public and have a strong desire to advocate for bees and beekeeping.

How to Apply

If you believe you have what it takes to be CIBA's Queen or Ambassador, don't hesitate to apply. Visit our PROGRAM PAGE to submit your application.


Be sure to provide all necessary details and articulate your passion for beekeeping in your application.

The deadline for submissions is February 1st. However, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to avoid last-minute rushes. This could be your chance to influence the future of beekeeping positively, so don't miss out!

Final Thoughts

Becoming the Queen or Ambassador of CIBA is an excellent opportunity to make a significant impact in the world of beekeeping. You will be able to share your expertise, inspire others, and contribute to a cause that is crucial for our environment. So, if you are a young adult passionate about beekeeping, we encourage you to apply. Let's work together to protect our bees!

For further information about the CIBA Honey Queen/Ambassador program, please contact the Queen Committee chair, Keri Kenoyer via email:

  M E M B E R   M E S S A G E   B O A R D 

Landowner Seeking a Beekeeper in Boone County

Dee McKnight lives in Boone county between Boone and Ogden on Old Highway 30. To quote Dee, she has become an obsessive gardener! This past summer she started a wildflower garden and she states there will be a dramatic expansion of her gardens this next spring/summer.

Dee is seeking a beekeeper that would like to take advantage of the flower nectar by placing a few colonies on her property this spring. Here true heart's desire is to help out the pollinators AND her flowers! 

Dee's contact information:
Dee McKnight
814 8th, Boone, IA 50036
(515) 433-2193


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:
Phone:(515) 450-4906

Thanks, Kyle, for your kind offer, and for beeing a bee steward!

  R E S O U R C E   
R E C O M M E N D A T I O N S !  

  L O O K I N G   F O R   M O R E   B E E K E E P E R S !  

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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! 

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