May Virtual Meeting

May 15, 2021, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Joy and Steve Westercamp

Joy and Steve Westercamp hail from Farmington, Iowa, and have specialized in producing and selling Ross Round comb honey through their apiary business, the Honey War Bee Company.  Joy Westercamp started beekeeping in 2011, mentored by the Southeast Iowa Beekeepers and Mr. and Mrs. Vernie Ramsey.  She went on to become the Southeast Iowa Beekeepers Honey Queen and then the 2018 Iowa Honey Producers Association Honey Queen.  She has involved her father, Steve and her younger brother in the operation and has increasingly relied on them as she went on to college. 


Joy is presently attending Iowa State University and has worked in the entomology lab of Dr. Amy Toth.  The Honey War Bee Company has become a family affair, won blue ribbons at the Iowa State Fair for their Ross rounds and is well represented in this talk by the family.

Roy Kraft

Roy Kraft, Goldfield, Iowa, is the President of the Iowa Honey Producers Association.  Roy has been IHPA President 5 of the last 6 years and Vice President prior to his tenure as president.  He first started keeping bees in high school in the '80s and then returned to beekeeping in 2010.  He presently teaches a beginning beekeeping class, leads the Boone River Beekeeping Club and exhibits at the Iowa State Fair where he has won blue ribbons in several classes, including cut comb honey.  Roy's talk will be helpful to anyone interested in producing comb honey and he said he would share some of his secrets if you are interested in producing ribbon winning cut comb honey.

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Reserve this date - we hope you will join us!  


  • Business meeting from 6-6:30 p.m.

  • Westerkamp's at 6:30 p.m.

  • Roy Kraft at 7:10 p.m.

  • Q&A from 8-8:30 p.m.

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