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Busy bees make their own contribution to ag


March 13, 2019

Photo courtesy Telitha Bergeson

A bumblebee looks for nectar during a warm summer day.

It is no accident that we use the term "busy as a bee" when talking about how active and hard working someone is. Bees are, and have been, one of the hardest working and most efficient pollinators in the animal world. A well-known byproduct of their pollination efforts is, of course, honey. According to the National Honey Board (NHB), honey production in 2013 was nearly 149 million pounds in the United States and the NHB puts annual honey consumption in the U.S. at 450 million pounds.

Wyoming, however, is not what one would call a hub of honey production, mainly due to the fact that the Cow...

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