Future Development

In recent years the honey bee industry in the United States has faced many difficult problems. Foreign honey imports and lower honey prices, coupled with increased cost of production, have created a considerable financial challenge. Because of the recent establishment of the two parasitic mites and Africanized honey bees in the United States, Canada and Mexico have banned imports of U.S. package bees and queens, an action severely damaging to the queen-producing segment of the industry. The reliance of U.S. agriculture on honey bees, however, makes it imperative that these problems be solved. Many crops cannot be effectively pollinated without the placement of honey bee colonies in the orchards or fields. Fortunately, the demand for one of the direct products of the insects, honey, shows signs of increasing. The formation of the National Honey Board, with its stated goal of expanding domestic and foreign markets for honey and to develop and improve markets, bodes well for the future of commercial and hobby beekeeping in the United States.

Beekeeping for Beginners

Beekeeping for Beginners

The information in this book is useful to anyone wanting to start beekeeping as a hobby or a business. It was written for beginners. Those who have never looked into beekeeping, may not understand the meaning of the terminology used by people in the industry. We have tried to overcome the problem by giving explanations. We want you to be able to use this book as a guide in to beekeeping.

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