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More Honey, More Money: Beekeepers Bounce Back in 2019

South Dakota’s beleaguered beekeepers managed to bounce back last year. According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, South Dakota produced 19.4 million pounds of honey in 2019, up 62% from a rough 2018. That’s the second-biggest honey haul in the United States, behind only North Dakota’s 33.8 million pounds. The Dakotas produced 33.9% of America’s honey in 2019. Nationwide, honey production rose 1.9%.

That extra production helped producers weather declining honey prices. The per-pound price dropped from $1.91 in 2018 to $1.53 in 2019. The total value of South Dakota honey production rose 30% to $29.7 million.

Nationwide, beekeepers produced $309.1 million of honey, down 9.2% from 2018. Beekeepers reported $309.6 million in pollination income, up 2.6% from 2018.