MASON CITY | March 14, 2018, will be Honey Bee Day in Mason City.
Mayor Bill Schickel signed a proclamation Tuesday designating the day to highlight the importance of honey bees to area agriculture and the environment. More than 10 North Iowa Bee Club representatives were present for the signing.
Schickel’s action comes after Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a similar proclamation in February.
Honey bees contribute to a healthy environment by ensuring the availability of fruits, vegetables, nuts and flowers for both wildlife and humans, according to a news release from the governor's office.
Iowa has more than 4,500 beekeepers, ranging from hobbyists to full-time commercial beekeepers, the release stated.
A reception will be sponsored by the Iowa Honey Producers Association from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in Room 116 of the Iowa State Capitol.
Legislators, beekeepers and others are invited to discuss honey bees and their significance to Iowa.
- Ashley Stewart