Farm Focus: Honey
What’s the buzz around Illinois’ bee sector? See interesting facts and statistics below on this important aspect of agriculture.
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- The number of registered Illinois beekeepers increased by 38 percent from 2012 to 2013, totaling more than 2,500.
- Honeybees pollinate about one-third of all food-producing plants, including Illinois’ nation-leading pumpkin crop.
- Illinois’ beekeepers currently manage more than 24,000 colonies.
- On average, one hive of honeybees collects 66 pounds of pollen per year.
- The U.S. has more than 300 unique types of honey, each originating from a different floral source.
- Several county Farm Bureaus in Illinois work with beekeeper groups to promote the health of bees and their hives.
- In the winter, beekeepers insulate their hives to keep the bees warm. In the wild, honeybees huddle together for warmth and find shelter in tree trunks or caves.
- Honey can be used as a substitute for sugar. However, it has a sweeter taste, so you should use about one-half to one-third as much honey as you would sugar.
5 Recipes With Honey
- Honey-Lime Fruit Salad
- Honey French Toast
- Blueberry Corn Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing
- Honey Pecan Baby Back Ribs
- Apple Gingerbread