Alabama Bee and Honey Producers, a division of Alabama Farmers Federation, is composed of beekeepers across the state involved in the production of honey and honey products as commercial producers, sideliners, and hobbyists. Bees are a mutually-beneficial commodity. Not only do they produce sweet-tasting honey, but through pollination, bees provide an invaluable service to farmers and to the wildlife community.
The Alabama Agricultural Statistics Service reported honey production in 2014 totaled 371,000 pounds, which is up from 2013. There were 7,000 colonies producing honey, unchanged from 2013. Yield per colony averaged 53 pounds, compared with 52 pounds in 2013. During the same time, average honey prices increased from $2.85 per pound to $3.40 per pound.
Concerns of farmers are represented at the state and national levels through departments of Governmental Affairs and National Affairs. The Department of Public Relations provides bee & honey news on this website and member publications.
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County Farmers Federations, with the assistance of Area Organization Directors, provide support and a mechanism to address issues on the local level. Herein lies the strength of Alabama Farmers Federation. Each county may establish its own Bee and Honey Committee. Needs and requests from producers in the county are the beginning of policy development and the direction of Alabama Bee and Honey Producers.
Contact your county Bee & Honey Chairman. If your county does not have a committee, contact your area organization director or county president.