The Leopold grant supported a need in northwest Iowa and neighboring states. Beekeeping and pollinator habitat now have presence in the region that did not exist three years ago. A positive outcome of this project is the observed encouragement of beginning beekeepers of one another, social interaction for a common cause, and seeing that they do is making a positive difference in their community.
Will local field days and technical assistance help continued development of beginning bee keepers in northwest Iowa and neighboring states?
Beginner beekeeping courses served over 130 people from the Tri-State Region of Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota, with people coming from an approximate fifty-mile radius. Over seventy of the course participants have started keeping honeybees and have become involved in the general promotion of beekeeping and pollinator-friendly crops. Approximately one hundred fifty to one hundred seventy-five new bee colonies have been introduced into the region because of the educational efforts. Access to technical help was limited, prior to this grant project, since most of the beekeepers were part-time and needed help on weekends and evenings due to work schedules. The challenges encountered by the technicians as they visited with various bee keepers on-site helped determine the content provided at the two field days. The technicians also facilitated the continued development of a local beekeeping club, the Siouxland Beekeepers. Their monthly meetings occur at the Iowa State University Extension Office in Orange City with generally 35 - 65 people in attendance at each meeting, the majority of whom have taken a beginning beekeeper course.
Duane Bajema, PhD.
Year of Grant Completion
Bajema, Duane, "Promotion of the Continued Development of Beginning Bee Keepers." (2017). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 546.