Indiana State Beekeepers


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 kemichael palmereping 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.

For the full agenda, 2015_ISBA_Fall_Conference_Agenda.

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.  If you are unable to attend and wish to vote absentee ballot, click here for instructions.

On Friday evening, we have a special tour of Great Fermentations.  If you are interested in the tour, note on your pre-registration form.

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 to the conference, click here.

The following is information on a hotel that our guest speaker and several others are staying.  There are several other hotels in the area.

Hampton Inn Indianapolis-East
2311 Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46219
(317) 359-9900

To pre-register for the Bee School, see the ‘ISBA Beekeeping School’   READ MORE.

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.


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Rebecca has decided to run for the American Honey Queen.  She’d like to ask for your moral and financial support.  If you’d like to know how you can help support Rebecca in her cause, click here.


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    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 and mail your membership info and dues.

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