This upcoming year, 12 beekeeping schools will be available in Iowa. The Iowa Honey Producers Association is the primary host of these schools.
Most of the schools start between the middle of January and the first week in February. The duration of the classes varies; some meet once a week for 4-8 weeks, and some meet periodically throughout the entire year.
Bees are important pollinators in Iowa, and consequently have a large economic impact on our state.
Beekeeping is of added importance right now because of the declining bee population. University of Iowa professor Steve Hendrix discussed this issue with the Iowa Environmental Focus back in August.
For more information on the beekeeping schools, read the Estherville Daily News article here.