Indiana State Beekeepers

ISBA 2015 Spring Meeting–Saturday March 21:

Our Spring 2015 meeting will feature Michele Colopy, Program Director for the Pollinator colopyStewardship Council. Several of our members heard Ms. Colopy speak at the ABF Conference in January 2014 and we are excited to have her as our keynote speaker.

The Pollinator Stewardship Council is a nonprofit organization developed by members of the American Honey Producers Association in October 2012 to focus on the national pesticide policy as it affects managed and native pollinators. The Council believes that a root cause of bee health issues are the policies that have allowed insecticides, fungicides and herbicides to be used so readily throughout the agricultural system.

Ms. Colopy will discuss how the Pollinator Stewardship Council works to protect pollinators and beekeepers by focusing on three key areas:

  • Affect regulatory processes of pesticide risk assessment, label, and enforcement;
  • Provide advocacy, guidance and tools to document the detrimental effect of pesticides on pollinators;
  • Raise awareness about the adverse impact of pesticides on pollinators critical to the supply of food and the ecosystem.

The 2015 Spring Conference/School will be held at Ivy Tech in Marion.  The facility is Marion Campus at 261 South Commerce Drive, Marion, IN 46953   Directions.

Mark your calendars – March 21, 2015 – it’s going to be a great Spring Meeting! For the full agenda, 2015 Spring Meeting Agenda.

The cost to attend the 2015 ISBA Spring Meeting is $25 for an individual and $40 for a family.  Remember, this does include coffee, donuts and a lunch for each person.  Pre-registration is now closed.  You may sign-up at the school, walk-ins welcome.

Selected News for Beekeepers

Survey to assess honeybee losses in Indiana.  READ MORE

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

ISBA Beekeeping School

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

Indiana Queen Project

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

Membership Renewals or Join the ISBA

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.