December 18, 2018
Bees are vital to Florida agriculture. Today in our state, domesticated honeybees pollinate an estimated three out of four agricultural crops, including some of the state’s most valuable commodities, including strawberries, citrus, blueberries, squash, watermelons and avocados.
The Sunshine State ranks as the third-largest honey producer, following North Dakota and South Dakota. The state is a significant provider of “rental hives” used for contracted pollination services in other U.S. states, and an important overwintering destination for bee colonies owned by beekeepers in colder climates.
In 2015, the state produced 11.9 million pounds of honey, with a farm gate value of $23 million. Florida also boasts one of the highest productivity rates in pounds of honey per colony.
There are more than 4,000 registered beekeepers in the state of Florida.