Honey Prices on the Rise

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By WSIL Reporter

MURPHYSBORO -- The price of honey continues to climb, and the rough winter could be to blame.

Statistics from the National Honey Board show the average retail price of a pound of honey has risen more than 40 cents since January.

Each winter, beekeepers see hives decrease 20 to 30 percent. This year, beekeepers across the country are reporting a much higher loss in hives making it hard to keep up with demand.

"Some states are saying as much as 80 percent of the hives lost over the winter. Locally, what we've seen here in southern Illinois is roughly about 50 percent of the hives did not make it through the winter," explained local beekeeper Angie Kuehl.

Beekeepers ask if you have an unwanted beehive on your property don't destroy it. Instead, contact a local beekeeper and they will safely remove the hive for you.

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