CIBA publishes a quarterly newsletter, the BEELINE. It contains association business and announcements as well as advice to inform readers of current beekeeping practices. Members also can submit articles for the newsletter. Deadline is 2 weeks prior to publication.


Members have the option to receive their newsletter electronically by email or a printed copy delivered to their mailbox. 


The BEELINE Publication Schedule

  • Special issue for all people enrolled in beekeeping classes publishes January 15

  • Spring edition publishes March 1

  • Summer edition publishes June 1

  • Fall edition publishes September 1

  • Winter edition publishes December 1 

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2021 Summer BEELINE

  • Online auction is a success!

  • Meet new board member Ray Knapp

  • New apiary contests at the fair

  • Essential tasks for beekeepers

  • Margaret’s FAQs

  • And more!

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2021 Spring BEELINE

  • CIBA has a queen AND a king!

  • Meet long-time CIBA member and state bee inspector Arvin Foell

  • Details about our annual auction

  • News from our state apiarist and extension bee expert

  • And more!

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2021 Special Edition New Beeks

  • Various resources for new beekeepers

    • Beekeeping magazines​

    • Local and online resources for supplies

  • Benefits of joining a club such as CIBA

  • Tips and Tricks

  • Iowa Honey Bee Day

  • And more...


2020 Winter BEELINE

  • Introducing new CIBA website

  • Bright future for CIBA Royalty program

  • Are beekeeping classes for you?

  • What to do with all that beeswax: Body cream, beeswax wraps

  • And more...

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2020 Fall BEELINE

  • Tribute to John Johnson

  • Extraction on the go

  • What to do with all that beeswax

  • Beekeeping mistakes to avoid

  • New research: Bees and native flowers

  • And more...

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2020 Summer BEELINE

  • Making up a honey bee nuc

  • What to do with all that beeswax: Candles

  • Building a wax melter

  • New research: How bee virus spreads

  • And more...


2020 Spring BEELINE

  • Caring for and installation of package bees

  • Great Plains Master Beekeeping Program

  • Cover crops become bee pastures

  • And more...


2020 Special Edition New Beeks BEELINE

  • Local and online beekeeping resources

  • FAQ's

  • Beekeeping magazines

  • Practical beekeeping articles

  • And more...


2019 Winter BEELINE

  • Liquifying crystalized honey

  • Get to know your leadership: Trisha Hedges

  • Great Plains Master Beekeeping Program

  • And more...


2019 Fall BEELINE

  • News from your Extension entomologist

  • US-approved varroa chemical treatments

  • Wintering bees in central Iowa

  • Queen’s Corner

  • And more...


2019 Summer BEELINE

  • John Johnson recognized for community service

  • Get to know your leadership: Jim Crandell

  • Meet a mentor extraordinaire: John Johnson

  • New research: Weed killer residues found in 98% Canadian honey samples

  • And more...


2019 Spring BEELINE

  • BeeCheck apiary registry

  • Trees are the bees knees

  • Think and research that plant before you plant it

  • Creamed honey tips

  • And more...


2018 Winter BEELINE

  • CIBA auction update

  • Trees are the bees knees

  • Get to know your leadership: Jeremiah Kusel

  • And more...


2018 Fall BEELINE

  • CIBA Queen Cameron Vannoy

  • Get to know your leadership: Jamie Beyer

  • Biology of the varroa mite: What you need to know

  • And more...


2018 Summer BEELINE

  • CIBA committee opportunities

  • Beekeepers around the world: Chuck Magri

  • Get to know your leadership: Steve Hanlin

  • National Pollinator Week

  • And more...


2018 Spring BEELINE

  • Get to know your leadership: Jolene Eriksen

  • Honey bee swarms

  • Splitting a colony

  • And more...


2017 Winter BEELINE

  • Honey bees help scientists create new antibiotics

  • Eight things that happen when you eat honey daily

  • Get to know your leadership: Margaret Hala

  • Buzzworthy honey recipes

  • And more...


2017 Fall BEELINE

  • Get to know your leadership: Valerie Just

  • Winter hive preparation

  • Life’s Lessons: A humbling experience

  • Absconding: The mysterious disappearance of colonies

  • And more...


2017 Summer BEELINE

  • Get to know your leadership: Mike Sander

  • USDA: Iowa honey statistics

  • Queenless colony: What to do

  • State Fair honey requirements

  • And more...


2017 Spring BEELINE

  • Sensitive Crops Directory update

  • Show me the honey

  • Musings from a neophyte beekeeper

  • Mentoring

  • And more...