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Florida Bee Population Growing Amid Diminishing Numbers Nationwide

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More than 40 percent of United States honey bee colonies died in the past year, according to a survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Bee Informed Partnership.

But Florida experts see a problem with the national numbers.

Local beekeeper Chappie McChesney believes survey data drew disproportionately from commercial beekeepers. Florida’s bee population is growing. The state’s warm climate allows for a nearly year-round beekeeping season, said David Westervelt, Florida Department of Agriculture apiary inspection assistant chief.

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Debora is a reporter for WUFT News and can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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