According to USDA reports, 2.5 million honey-producing colonies in 2011 generated 148 million pounds of raw honey, down 16 percent from 2010. The states producing the most honey in 2011 were (in order): North Dakota, California, South Dakota, Florida and Montana. The average price for domestically produced honey was a record high $1.73 per pound, up 7 percent from 2010. For the most part, honey prices during 2011 were up in all color classes and in all markets. April 2012 ... Bees
- American Association of Professional Apiculturists
- American Beekeeping Federation - Membership organization for American beekeepers.
- American Honey Producers Association
- Apiary Inspectors of America
- Apimondia, International Federation of Beekeepers Associations - International organization creating links among beekeepers around the world.
- Apiservices Beekeeping Development - Promotion of beekeeping with advice columns, feasibility studies, market studies, equipment tests and software.
- Bee-conomics and the Leap in Pollination Fees, Agricultural Issues Center, University of California, 2006 - Paper describing honeybee supply and demand issues and the operation of the pollination market. Recently, honeybee pests and other problems have reduced available supplies, while expansion of almond acreage has increased peak-season demand. The resulting leap in pollination fees follows from these market fundamentals.
- Bees, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Queensland, Australia.
- Canada's Honey Industry, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario - The United States remained the primary destination for Canadian honey exports in 2007, absorbing 86 percent of total exports.
- Congress and Agencies Should Take Additional Steps to Reduce Substantial Shortfalls in Duty Collection, Government Accountability Office, 2008 - Over $600 million in duties remain uncollected, dating back to 2001. A majority of the uncollected duties comes from four products from China: crawfish tail meat ($354 million), garlic ($75 million), honey ($43 million) and mushrooms ($41 million).
- Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS), Foreign Ag Service (FAS), USDA.
- Honey, National Ag Statistical Service (NASS), USDA - This publication contains the annual report of the number of colonies producing honey, state and U.S. honey production, average price and total value.
- Honey Research and Promotion Programs, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), USDA.
- The International Bee Research Association - Nonprofit organization promoting the study and conservation of bees through research.
- National Honey Board - Promoting the research, awareness and use of honey and honey products.
- National Honey Report, AMS, USDA - The annual report of the number of colonies producing honey, honey production, average price, and so on.
- BeeHoo - World's beekeeping directory.
- National Honey Packers & Dealers Association
- Beekeeping, Agricultural Alternatives, Penn State University, 2001 - Includes an enterprise budget.
- Beekeeping, National Agricultural Library, USDA.
- Beekeeping/Apiculture, Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA), NCAT, 2003.
- Beekeeping in Tennessee, University of Tennessee Extension, 2004.
- Bees and Pollination, Ohio State University.
- Bee Health, eXtension - This comprehensive resource for science-based information on bee health management strategies provides help for new and inexperienced producers, as well as those with experience but who need an answer to a specific question. The site also includes in-depth, peer-reviewed articles covering bee biology and production.
- Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA, Arizona.
- Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in Honey Bees, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 2007.
- Crop Pollination Exposes Honey Bees to Pesticides Which Alters Their Susceptibility to the Gut Pathogen Nosema ceranae, PLoS ONE, July 2013 - This study, conducted by researchers with the University of Maryland, University of California and USDA, found that bees are more susceptible to a lethal parasite when they are exposed to crop pesticides. The researchers detected 35 different pesticides in sample pollen collected from seven major crops.
- Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder, Congressional Research Service, 2010 - Between the winters of 2006/2007 and 2007/2008, managed bee colony losses averaged more than 30 percent. However, estimates for winter 2008/2009 suggest a possible decrease in the rate of bee colony losses.
- Honey Bee Insemination Service - Provider of insemination training, consulting, equipment and services to insemination as well as genetic research.
- Honey Co-op Buzzing in Chicago, Rural Cooperatives, Rural Development, USDA, 2009.
- Integrated Pest Management for Varroa Destructor in the Northeastern United States using Drone Brood Removal and Formic Acid, Cornell University, 2005 (funded by SARE, USDA) - This fact sheet focuses on the management of the parasitic honey bee mite Varroa destructor in the northeastern United States.
- Keeping Bees Busy and Buzzing, YouTube, USDA, 2012 - USDA researchers are working to help people learn about bees while trying to figure out why some bee colonies are disappearing.
- Michigan State University Apiculture Laboratory - Researching the value of honey bees for both production and pollination.
- Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium - This is a regional effort to address the pest management crisis facing the beekeeping industry in the Mid-Atlantic region.
- Protecting Honey Bees from Chemical Pesticides, Berry Notes, University of Massachusetts Extension, 2007.
- Solving the Mystery of the Vanishing Bees, Scientific American magazine, 2009 - The ailment called colony collapse disorder has wiped out large numbers of bees. The causes turn out to be complex, but solutions are emerging.
- Survey Reports Latest Honey Bee Losses, Apiary Inspectors of America and ARS, USDA, 2010 - Losses of managed honey bee colonies nationwide totaled 33.8 percent from all causes from October 2009 to April 2010. This is an increase from overall losses of 29 percent reported from a similar survey covering the winter of 2008-2009 and similar to the 35.8 percent losses for the winter of 2007-2008.
- Honey Gardens Apiaries, Hinesburg, Vermont, PCC Natural Markets, Seattle, Washington, 2005.
- Mountain Top Honey, Mountainaire, Arizona - Dennis Arp manages an enterprise of 1,200 beehives that on average produce 100,000 pounds of honey a year. He also sells beeswax to candle and salve makers, pollen at health food stores and the resin-like propolis, which the bees use to make repairs and which has antibacterial qualities, to makers of herbal medical products.
- Small Town Hives Make Big Buzz, Market to Market, Iowa Public Television, 2003.
Links checked November 2013.
Report on the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health, USDA and U.S. EPA, May 2013 - These federal agencies released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health. The report states that multiple factors are playing a role in honey bee colony declines, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure.
Colonies of Bees and Honey Collected - Inventory, Number Sold, and Honey Collected: 2007 and 2002, 2007 Census of Agriculture, USDA, 2009.