Registered beekeepers on the rise in Illinois
- Photos (1)
Beekeepers Ivan Acosta (L), Khalil Harris and intern Lynne Haynor tend to the bees at open house at the Green Youth Farm in the Greenbelt Forest Preserve in North Chicago.
SPRINGFIELD — The number of registered beekeepers in Illinois is on the rise.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that almost 700 beekeepers registered with the state for the first time in the past year. That brought the total number to more than 2,500 beekeepers managing more than 24,000 colonies.
Bob Flider is director of the agriculture department. He says the increase in beekeepers comes as the number of wild honeybees has significantly decreased due to pests and diseases. Flider says honeybees pollinate about one-third of all food-producing plants, so they're critical to putting food on the table.
He says many specialty crop growers are now hiring beekeepers to pollinate their crops.
The state employs eight apiary inspectors, who periodically help beekeepers check for pests and diseases.
- Share Facebook Twitter
Article sent to (required)E-mail
Article sent from (required)E-mail Name
Subject Line (article title)
Message (optional)Success - Article sent Click to close
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.
Contact information ( * required )Name * Company Telephone * E-mail *
Article InformationTitle URL
Message (optional)Success - Reprint request sent Click to close