Indiana State Beekeepers


What a Day!

Once again, we had a beautiful day for a field day at the Purdue Bee Lab.  Over 200 beekeepers gathered to hear about mites and hive diseases, participate in hands-on hive inspections, how to prevent swarming and have a great time.

The “BEE-COME ONE” committee was on site to answer questions about the two state organizations becoming one.

We’d like to thank everyone who brought items for the raffle and the auction.  A big item for our raffle was a top bar hive donated by Gregg Roudebush and the extractor donated for the auction.

We’d like to thank everyone who brought items for the raffle and the auction.  A big item for our raffle was a top bar hive donated by Gregg Roudebush and the four frame manual extractor donated for the auction by Samuel Mitchell formerly of Lebanon, IN.

Thanks to all the beekeepers who generously donated their time to help with sessions, the volunteers who organized the event and the beekeepers who attended and made the field day so successful.

Check out the next newsletter for more details and photos.


The Indiana State Beekeepers Association will hold their fall meeting and bee school on October 24, so mark that date in your calendar.  The location will be Belzer Middle School, 7555 East 56th St. Indianapolis, IN 46226.  For directions using Google Maps, click here.

Our featured speaker this fall will be Michael Palmer, who has been keeping bees in northern Vermont for 40 years. He manages 700 production colonies, producing 30 tons of honey per year. He runs an extensive queen-rearing operation and additionally sells nucs. Michael has spent years developing his “sustainable apiary” program at French Hill Apiaries, cultivating stock hardy to his northern environment and perfecting the use of over-wintered nucleus colonies. Michael lives in St. Albans with his wife, Lesley, their Blue Tick hound and a flock of Orpington chickens.

This meeting will be key for determining the direction of our State Organization going into the future.  If you are a member, please make every effort to join us for this momentous meeting.

The cost is $25 for individual and $40 for a family and as always includes lunch.  Be sure that you are pre-registering for the Conference.  To pre-register for the Bee School, see the ‘ISBA Beekeeping School’ section below.  To pre-register to the conference, click here.

NOTE: Those who pre-register may pick up their envelopes beginning at 7:30 am.  If you do not pre-register, on-site registration will begin at 8:00 am.


Survey to assess honeybee losses in Indiana.  READ MORE

CALL FOR PAPERS.  If you’re interested in presenting at the 2016 ABF Conference,  please complete the 2016 ABF Call for Presentations Template and e-mail to no later than Wednesday, July 8, 2015.

Presidential Memorandum — Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators READ MORE

Health Canada issues notice of intent on use of neonicotinoid pesticides in 2014. SEE MORE NEWS LINKS

 ISBA BEEKEEPING SCHOOL (Next one is October 24, 2015)

If you are interested in keeping honeybees or if you are just interested in learning more about this amazing creature, this school is for you.        READ MORE


The Indiana queen project was developed to provide Indiana beekeepers with northern-bred stocks that are tolerant to tracheal and Varroa mites. This project will benefit beekeepers who adopt this as well as nearby beekeeping operations, by preventing the spread of mite-infested bees…  READ MORE


Have you renewed your membership yet, or, want to join?  There are two simple ways to renew or sign up.

If you are not a member, we encourage anyone who has an interest in beekeeping or related areas to join.   If you are unsure when your membership expires, contact Debbie at or call 317-432-9578.

For new memberships, download the ISBA Membership Form 2014 and mail your membership info and dues.

If you’d like to sign-up on-line, click here.