U.S. Honey Output Rises 5%



WASHINGTON - Mar 21/14 - SNS -- Honey production in the United States totalled 149 million pounds last year from producers with five or more colonies, up 5% from 2012, according to the USDA.

There were 2.64 million colonies producing honey in 2013, up 4% from 2012. Yield per colony averaged 56.6 pounds, up 1% from the 56.0 pounds in 2012.

Colonies which produced honey in more than one State were counted in each State where the honey was produced. Therefore, at the United States level yield per colony may be understated, but total production would not be impacted. Colonies were not included if honey was not harvested.

Producer honey stocks were 38.2 million pounds on December 15, 2013, up 20% from a year earlier. Stocks held by producers exclude those held under the commodity loan program.