SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The number of beekeepers in
Illinois has been increasing for more than a decade.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture’s yearly report says
there were 700 new beekeepers in 2013. The Springfield State Journal-Register reports the
statewide total is more than 2,500 beekeepers operating more than 24,000
colonies. The number of registered beekeepers has increased every year since
Steve Chard is with the agriculture department. He said
colony collapse disorder has helped increase awareness of the importance of
honey bees and contributed to the increase.
Beekeepers started reporting the disorder about a decade
ago. Chard said it’s too soon to determine if the increase has made up for
losses due to the disorder.
Union County in southern Illinois has more than 2,000
colonies — the most in the state.
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