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Mark Your Calendars!
CIBA Winter Seminar

Saturday, March 23, 2024

All day event!


Updates for this seminar will be available on this page, as well as in the following publications:

  • Iowa Honey Producers Association BUZZ

  • Central Iowa Beekeepers Association BEELINE


COVID-19 and Influenza 

If you would like to wear a mask, you are welcome to do so.  

Same Location As Last Year!

Iowa Arboretum & Gardens

1875 Peach Ave

Madrid, Iowa  50156



  • Registration limited to first 120

  • Pre-registration is required - no ticket sales at the door the day of the seminar. 

  • The completed form and payment must be received by Wednesday, March 20, 2024.  Plan accordingly!

  • Seminar occurring rain or shine!

  • Registration form and payment must be mailed in if paying by check, or the completed form emailed to the CIBA treasurer if paying through Paypal. 

  • Registration includes the full program, a catered lunch (served buffet-style) from Smokin' Big Dawgs BBQ and Catering in Ames, Iowa, drinks and snacks.  

    • Main entree is pulled pork and pulled turkey for BBQ sandwiches.

    • Snacks at breaks included in registration

  • Cost of registration:  
    • $40/per person​ if NOT a member of the CIBA organization.
    • $35/per person if a current member of the CIBA organization (paying annual dues).
      • You must be a member of the CIBA organization to get the discounted price.
    • $20/per person if a student (College or K-12)​​.

  • Doors open at 8:20 AM 

  • Programs start at 8:45 AM

Important Information

AGENDA DRAFT (subject to changes)

CIBA = Central Iowa Beekeeping Association


8:20 – 8:45 AM Registration in the lobby of the Hughes Education Center.


Morning session (Jamie Beyer, CIBA President, morning moderator)

8:45-9:05 AM 

  • 5-minute Welcome and housekeeping (Jamie Beyer)

  • Short introduction of 2024 CIBA Royalty and other noted guests (Jamie Beyer and Keri Kenoyer, CIBA Royalty Chair)


8:55-9:30 AM  

  • Andy Joseph, IA State Apiarist, IA Dept. of Ag. and Land Stewardship

    • Always Learning, Always Changing


9:30-10:30 AM  

  • Keynote Speaker – Bob Fastbinder, Fastbinder Apiaries, Elgin, IA

    • What I’ve learned using Oxalic Acid to Control Honey Bee Mites


10:30-11:00 AM Break


11:00-12:00 PM  

  • Steve & Becky Tipton, Country Creek Honey, Meriden, KS

    • Decrystallization of Honey:  Building a Hot Box & Reduce Honey Moisture in 30 Minutes


12:00 PM-12:45 PM

  • Lunch on site 

    • Catered by Smokin’ Big Dawg BBQ (Ames, IA)


Afternoon session (Don Moody, CIBA Vice President, afternoon moderator)

12:45–1:45 PM

  • Matt Lance, Lance Honey Farms, Kearney, NE

    • Overwintering Honey Bees in Iowa


  • John Hill, HillCo., LLC, Minonk, IL

    • Expanding and Professionalizing your beekeeping business


  • Steve & Becky Tipton, Country Creek Honey, Meriden, KS (Hughes Edu. Center)

    • Another $ $ Making Method from the Bees – Pollen Collection


2:25 - 2:50 PM Break


  • John Hill, HillCo., LLC, Minonk, IL

    • Expanding and Professionalizing your beekeeping business


  • Steve & Becky Tipton, Country Creek Honey, Meriden, KS (Hughes Edu. Center)

    • Save your Back:  Learn How to Build a Hive Hauler when Moving Your Hives to a New Location.

3:30 - 4:30 PM  

  • Phil Ebert, Ebert Honey Co., LLC, Lynnville, IA

    • Preparing for Spring:  splits and other tasks

4:30 PM Jamie Beyer wrap up and closing remarks





The registration form links are below.  You will receive verification of your registration via email or mail.    



Payment by check -  Download the OPTION 1 form located in the REGISTRATION FORMS section,  complete the eform on your computer, and:

  • Print and mail with a check (mailing address is on the form).

  • The completed form and payment must be received by Wednesday, March 20, 2024.  Plan accordingly!



Payment by check -  Download the OPTION 2 form located in the REGISTRATION FORMS section, print, handwrite to complete, and:

  • Mail in with a check (mailing address is on the form).

  • The completed form and payment must be received by Wednesday, March 20, 2024.  Plan accordingly!


Payment through PaypalDownload the OPTION 1 form located in the REGISTRATION FORMS section, complete and save the eform on your computer, and send the form to the CIBA treasurer via  email

  • Pay the registration fee via the appropriate PAYPAL button (buttons are associated with your registration situation) below, based on whether non-CIBA, CIBA member or a student.  

  • When saving your completed form, use your name as part of the file naming convention, so our treasurer can easily associate the registration form with your Paypal payment. 

    • Example:  JohnSmithCIBASeminarRegistrationForm

  • The completed form and payment must be received by Wednesday, March 20, 2024.  Plan accordingly!


Non-CIBA Member Payment $40

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CIBA Member Payment $35

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Student $20

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Option 1:  Fill in the form on your computer, save to your computer or print the completed form

  • If you paid through Paypal, and are emailing the form to the treasurer (, as you save the file, name the file including your own name so the treasurer can quickly associate your registration form with your Paypal payment.

    • Example:  JohnSmithCIBASeminarRegistrationForm


Option 2:  Print the form; handwrite to complete the form.  



  1.  Seminar Flyer

  2.  Seminar Agenda

  3.  Speaker Bio Handout



Don Moody

Registration Forms
Seminar Documentation


Speaker Bios

Andy Joseph

IA State Apiarist

Entomology & Plant Science Bureau, IA Department of Ag. and Land Stewardship (IDALS), Ankeny, IA

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Andy has been with IDALS as the State Apiarist for 16 years.  As such, he oversees the Apiary program which is a combination of regulatory certification, beekeeper education efforts, and promotion of the beekeeping industry.  He travels the state working with beekeepers.  Additionally, with his family, he runs about 270 bee hives in the Des Moines area as Meadow BlazingStar Honey.  Andy enjoys leading a beginner beekeeper class annually in Central Iowa, is the Apiary Superintendent at the IA State Fair, and serves on the Board of the IA Honey Producers Association

Bob Fassbinder

Fastbinder Apiaries, Elgin, IA

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Bob started keeping bees in 1976, after graduating from Iowa State University with an engineering degree and serving in the U.S. Navy.  Fassbinder Apiaries is a family business based in Elgin in the northeast Iowa county of Fayette.  Bob is an innovative and passionate beekeeper, proactive in promoting land stewardship and a diverse landscape for bees.  He has worked to improve the genetic health of his bees by selecting successful local colonies and producing his own queens.

Steve & Becky Tipton

Country Creek Honey, Meriden, KS

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Steve and Becky have been master beekeepers for over 30 years.  They run Country Creek Honey, selling honey, honey products and bees as serious sideliners.  Becky makes a large selection of skin care products using beeswax and honey.  They teach beginning beekeeper classes and mentor new beekeepers each year.  Steve loves building and has designed several gadgets for easier beekeeping as well as a machine to fill straws with their own Kansas honey.  Besides beekeeping, Steve and Becky enjoy gardening, travel, being outdoors and promoting a healthy environment for all pollinators.  Both Steve and Becky have held numerous offices in local associations.  Becky is the current president of the Kansas Honey Producers.

Matt Lance

Lance Honey Farms, Kearney, NE

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Matt is owner and operator of Lance Honey Farms in central Nebraska, operating over 350 colonies and supplies Nebraska beekeepers with local raised nucs and queens.  Matt also teaches intro beekeeping courses in-person, over streaming services and on 2 central Nebraska community college campuses, all while operating a beekeeping supply company and a full-time job.  Matt is married and father of two.

John Hill, President

HillCo., LLC, Minonk, IL

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John has been fascinated with honeybees ever since he was 4 or 5 years old, wondering what it looked like inside a beehive, and how bees made that delicious, golden honey.  He caught his first swarm of bees at age 16 and has been a beekeeper most of the time since then.  Bees are definitely a passion of his and now his wife and 4 kids are involved as well.  His business, HillCo is a nationally known, full-line beekeeping supplier shipping product all over the US and Canada.

Phil Ebert

Ebert Honey Co., LLC, Lynnville, IA

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Phil began Ebert Honey in 1980 with less than ten colonies in the backyard of his home near Fairfield, Iowa.  What started out as a hobby later grew into a family business.  Over the years, all four of Phil’s sons worked in the honey business as they grew up.  Currently Phil and two sons, Adam and Alex, continue to build the business.  Today, Ebert Honey is centered around locations in Lynnville and Mount Vernon, Iowa.  Most of the honey is sold directly to grocery stores, bakeries, breweries, and restaurants throughout central and eastern Iowa.  Phil is a frequent speaker at Iowa beekeeping clubs and contributes a monthly column to the BUZZ, the Iowa Honey Producers Association monthly newsletter, concentrating on useful beekeeping observations and practices.

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