Jaycox crowned Iowa Honey Queen

Webster City senior, Maia Jaycox was crowned this past weekend in Cedar Rapids at the Iowa Honey Producer Association annual meeting as the 2016 Iowa Honey Queen.

She is the daughter of Scott and Juli Jaycox of Webster City. She became interested in beekeeping when her family started keeping bees. Next fall she plans on attending Iowa State University undeclared.

As the 2016 Iowa Honey Queen, Jaycox will serve as a spokesperson on behalf of the Iowa Honey Producers Association, an organization representing beekeepers and honey producers throughout Iowa. During her year long reign she will speak and promote in venues statewide about the importance of honeybees in our daily lives and how honeybees are the connection between plants and our plates. She will also share information about the many uses for honey, including how it can sweeten your entire home. She will promote the honey industry at county fairs, farmers markets, festivals, radio interviews, the state fair and schools.

The beekeeping industry touches the lives of every individual in our country. In fact, honeybees are responsible for nearly one third of our entire diet, in regards to the pollination services that they provide for a large majority of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes. This amounts to nearly $19 billion per year of direct value from honeybee pollination to United States agriculture.