New York reports increase in honey production

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York reports honey production statewide increased 9 percent last year with more than 3.6 million pounds produced.

According to state officials, that means New York remains the top producer in the Northeast and for the first time in a decade among the top 10 states nationally.

The federal agriculture data covering beekeepers with five colonies or more show New York’s production rose from 3.3 million pounds in 2014.

Beekeepers earned almost $10.6 million last year, up $1.2 million.

The Cuomo administration has established a task force to help protect and recover populations of honeybees and other pollinators, saying they’re critical to the state economy and pollinate nearly $500 million worth of farm crops annually. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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