- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine’s honey production increased by 25 percent last year, as growth in beekeeping helped the industry thrive despite a harsh winter.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released the figure this month.

Maine officials say the number of licensed beekeepers has nearly tripled in the last 10 years and the count of registered hives grew from 5,000 to about 10,000.

The USDA says honey production from Maine producers with five or more colonies totaled 470,000 pounds in 2015. The yield per colony was the same as 2014. Honey prices increased 10 percent from the previous year.

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