USDA says Mich. drops to 9th in honey production

HOPKINS, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Michigan has dropped from 7th to 9th in honey production.

According to the agency, 2012 honey production in the state fell 8.5 percent from the year before. Yields from Michigan's 76,000 colonies producing honey averaged 57 pounds in 2012, compared with 64 pounds the previous year.

State apiary inspector Mike Hansen says beekeepers are participating in a survey this month to get a clearer picture of what's going on with Michigan's bee population.

MLive.com reports Saturday (http://bit.ly/140BAeC ) the survey runs through April 15. In it, beekeepers are asked about the number of hives they maintain and their management practices.

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