New USDA Report: Honey Bee Colonies on the Rise!

Friday, March 27, 2015
Bee pollinating a yellow flower

By: Dick Rogers, research manager, Bayer CropScience Bee Care Center

The March 20th publication of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual Honey Report brought more good news to everyone who cares about honey bee health.  In its latest survey, the USDA reported that the number of U.S. honey bee colonies grew to 2.74 million, the highest level in years and an increase of 4 percent over 2013.  This is great news for beekeepers and it shows we are on the right path toward a more productive and sustainable agriculture.

If you look at the historical USDA report trends, it’s clear that we are headed in the right direction.  As the chart shows, the number of U.S. colonies has risen over the past 10 years, helping to ensure there are sufficient bees to meet the pollination needs of agriculture.  

Honey bee colony populations over time chart

While significant challenges remain in keeping honey bees and other pollinators healthy, it looks like an increased focus on the many factors affecting their health is paying off.  





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