OTTUMWA — “Three out of every four bites of food depend on pollination,” said Vern Ramsey, local beekeeper. “And 80 percent of that is due to honeybees.”
Gov. Kim Reynolds signed March 14 as Iowa Honey Bee Day, and bee enthusiasts want to educate on the many ways to help local bees. To celebrate the first Iowa Honey Bee Day, there will be a reception with legislators at the capitol for any attending to ask questions and learn more from fellow beekeepers.
“We want to bring awareness in state of Iowa to the apiary program,” said Roy Kraft, Iowa Honey Producers Association past president. “Bring awareness to honeybees in the state. Not only for bringing honey to the table, but for pollinating our state crops.”