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About the program

The University of Minnesota has maintained an internationally recognized research and extension program on honey bees since 1918. Since 1992, the Department of Entomology has supported the only bee research and extension program within five contiguous states (MN, WI, ND, SD, IA), and has developed a unique, regional extension program that receives strong support from professional and hobby beekeeping associations in these states.

Minnesota is the fifth largest honey producing state and North and South Dakota are the second and fourth. The recent collapse of honey bees nationwide  threatens the economic vitality and profitability of the U.S. honey bee industry. Today more than ever, there is an increased need for effective research and outreach on honey bees.

Bee pollination of fruits, nuts, vegetables and flowers is vital to human nutrition and to the ecology and aesthetics of urban and rural landscapes. Value-added products from the beehive – honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and beeswax – provide many health and economic benefits to people worldwide.



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