Farmers, beekeepers join forces to protect honeybees
JACKSON – Mississippi is launching an effort to save some of its hardest workers. In light of the decline of honeybee populations around the world, the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, in cooperation with several other agricultural organizations, has launched the Mississippi Honeybee Stewardship Program. This program outlines the basic standards that should exist between farmers and beekeepers when bees are located in or near agricultural production areas.
“Mississippi currently produces from 1 million to 1.5 million pounds of honey each year, with an economic wholesale value of approximately $1.4 million to $1.8 million,” said Farm Bureau President Randy Knight. “State beekeepers also produce queens and packaged bees worth more than $750,000 annually. Beeswax has a total wholesale value of approximately $45,000. Because of the importance of the honey industry, farmers and beekeepers have seen the importance of working together.”