Below are some links to web sites that you might find interesting and informative.  
(East Central Iowa Beekeepers are not responsible for the content on any of the sites.)

Local/State Organizations

List of honey suppliers provided by the National Honey Board

Beekeeping Information from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Sensitive Crop Directory Login (To register or update your apiary registry in Iowa)

Beekeeping Supplies

Below is a basic list of suppliers of beekeeping equipment and supplies.  This is by no means to be considered an exhaustive list.  Some supply bees/queens as well, but not all.

B & B Honey Farms     Houston Mn.  Minnesota Hygienic Queens, supplies

Betterbee Inc.  Greenwich, NY.  Supplies and package bees

Brushy Mt. Bee Farm  North Carolina.  Supplies and products.

Dadant & Sons, Inc.   Hamilton, Ill.  General supplies and products.

Mann Lake LTD      Hackensack, Mn.  General supplies and products.

Miller Bee Supply     North Carolina.  General supplies and products.

Walter T. Kelley Co.      Kentucky.  General supplies and products

Blogs, Forums and Newsletters

Beesource--This is a great resource, with very active forums, tons of information.  

Walter T. Kelley Newsletter--published monthly, always full of good tips and information.  PDF format.  Go to this link to set up an account and you can view all of their archived newsletters.  

Starting out as a beginning beekeeper can be a confusing experience:  deeps, mediums, hive placement, installing packages, feed, etc.  Taking classes and reading can be very helpful and are strongly encouraged to learn as much as one can, but sometimes having a personal helping hand can make a big difference.  Are you interested in having a mentor (or being a mentor?)  We have several members of ECIBA who are willing to  help new  members learn more about beekeeping.  If you would like to have a mentor, or are willing to be a mentor, please fill out the comment section below and we will provide a response as soon as we can.


Iowa State University Extension has published a free guide for keeping your bees safe from pesticides.  
You can download the publication here:  Protecting Bees from Pesticides.
Another free ISU publication also gives advice for beekeepers and pesticide applicators to help keep our bees safe in our agricultural environment.  Download Protecting Bees in Iowa.
Keeping track of your bees
Our former club secretary, Dave Campbell, provided us with this record card to keep track of what you are doing in your hive. You can tape it to the under-side of your top cover and fill it in when you get into the hive.  Download the link for the record file here.

Hive Tracks  This is another tool for keeping track of your bees. This free website allows the user to set up an account and record your hive management data.
********************************************* Cascadian Farms has a project in cooperation with the Xerces Society and the U of Minnesota Bee Lab to promote a better environment for bees.  Visit Bee Friendlier.

Watch Marla Spivak, from the University of Minnesota, talk about the disappearance of honey bees in this 15 minute talk on TED talks.

Hive Tracks  This free site allows the user to set up an account and record your hive management data

Ohio State University Bee Lab -- education and research related to honey bees and other bee pollinators.  Free webinars devoted to all aspects of beekeeping and honey production.

Ohio State Beekeepers Association--beekeeping videos  This is a good beginning series of videos.   Well worth watching.

University of Minnesota Northern Beekeeping Video Series  Beekeeping in a colder climate.  Several short videos on various topics.

Beekeeping Guide for All Ages--general resource guide with numerous links about bees and beekeeping, and resources for kids, who are the beekeepers of tomorrow.

Are Neonicotinoids killing our bees?  Read the report from the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Single Deep Brood Method.  
An Ontario beekeeper, Devan Rawn, produces a Youtube video series  in which he discusses keeping a colony in a single deep brood chamber.  His videos are straight forward, informative and intelligent presentations.  Watch Devan Rawn videos.


  1. Good morning...Wanted to put my name on the list looking for someone to do a little one on one bee mentoring with me :-) This is my second season bought a nuc this past June..they are still doing great, lost my first hive last winter. My name is Douglas Monk 13982 Rock Road Monticello IA phone # 319-821-1382. I realized a few weeks ago, I need to find a bee keepers group and start coming to the meetings..hope to make it to the next one on September 10th. thanks in advance. DM

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