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Published March 02, 2010, 09:47 AM

SD honey production dips in ’09

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Honey production in South Dakota last year totaled 17.8 million pounds, down 17 percent from 2008.

By: Associated Press,

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Honey production in South Dakota last year totaled 17.8 million pounds, down 17 percent from 2008.

The Agricultural Statistics Service said South Dakota ranked second nationally behind North Dakota in honey production.

South Dakota beekeepers had more bee colonies in 2009, but bees produced less honey than in 2008.

The government valued the state’s honey production last year at $24.7 million, down 14 percent from a year earlier.

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