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Honey production drops


MADISON (WKOW) -- Honeybees in Wisconsin and Minnesota produced less honey in 2011 than usual.

In 2010, Wisconsin produced 4.1 million pounds of honey. In 2011, the Badger state produced just 3.6 million pounds.

Minnesota also saw a decrease in production. The state produced about 25 percent less in 2011 than the previous year.

The drop in production mirrors a national trend. Overall, U.S. production fell 16 percent in 2011, bumping up the price per pound by about 11 cents. One reason is that the number of honey-producing bee colonies across the country has fallen.

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