County Ag News

The Art of Beekeeping

 

Bees are an important part the development of many plants and flowers. It is estimated that bees pollinate around 30 percent of the world’s crops, equating to $15 billion a year in US crops dependent on the insects for successful harvest seasons. 

The number of US beekeepers has declined steadily since World War II, partly because land development has eliminated many flowering plants from which bees collect nectar to make honey. However, nearly 100,000 people in the US still keep bees for fun or profit. 

With an established hive, which may have up to 80,000 bees, it is possible to produce up to 100 pounds of honey in a year. When kept in a healthy, stress-free condition, bees will thrive as long as food and water are available in abundance. 

Getting started in beekeeping requires the purchase of beehives. There are different sizes and types that may be purchased. A new beekeeper will need to do some research and talk with existing beekeepers before deciding what size beehives to purchase.=

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