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Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada

January 9-13, 2018


Call for Presentations


Mark your calendars and save the date for ABF’s Annual Conference & Tradeshow, January 9-13, 2018, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. ABF will be celebrating its 75th diamond anniversary and we plan to celebrate in a magnificent way.

The Call for Presentations is now open. If you have important beekeeping research to share, a best practice in beekeeping or a proven track record with keeping the hives alive, we want to hear from you.

Please complete the Call for Presentations submission form and submit to info@abfnet.org no later than July 28, 2017. The conference committee will review all submissions and you will be notified of your participation in early September. As a reminder, all presenters receive complimentary registration to the conference. All other expenses are the responsibility of the presenter.

Download 2018 Call for Presentations Submission Form

We are looking forward to a brilliant conference full of educational sessions, research presentations, vendor displays, networking and so much more.

We hope you will join us in Reno for what promises to be an illuminating experience.



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Released March 22, 2017, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

United States honey production in 2016 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 162 million pounds, up 3 percent from 2015.

There were 2.78 million colonies from which honey was harvested in 2016, up 4 percent from 2015. Yield of honey harvested per colony averaged 58.3 pounds, down 1 percent from the 58.9 pounds in 2015. Colonies which produced honey in more than one State were counted in each State where the honey was produced. Therefore, at the United States level yield per colony may be understated, but total production would not be impacted. Colonies were not included if honey was not harvested. Producer honey stocks were 41.3 million pounds on December 15, 2016, down 2 percent from a year earlier. Stocks held by producers exclude those held under the commodity loan program.

Operations with Less than Five Colonies Produced 766 Thousand Pounds of Honey in 2016

United States honey production in 2016 from producers with less than five colonies totaled 766 thousand pounds, up 6 percent from 2015. There were 24 thousand colonies from which honey was harvested in 2016, up 4 percent from 2015. The average yield was 31.9 pounds per colony in 2016, up 2 percent from the previous year. This yield is 26.4 pounds less than what was harvested per colony on operations with five or more colonies.

Honey Prices Down Slightly for Operations with Five or More Colonies in 2016
United States honey prices decreased during 2016 to 207.5 cents per pound, down slightly from 208.3 cents per pound in 2015. United States and State level prices reflect the portions of honey sold through cooperatives, private, and retail channels. Prices for each color class are derived by weighting the quantities sold for each marketing channel. Prices for the 2015 crop reflect honey sold in 2015 and 2016. Some 2015 honey was sold in 2016, which caused some revisions to the 2015 honey prices. Price data was not collected for operations with less than five colonies.

Price Paid per Queen was 19 Dollars for Operations with Five or More Colonies in 2016

For operations with five or more colonies, the average prices paid in 2016 for honey bee queens, packages, and nucs were $19, $89, and $117 respectively. The average prices paid in 2016 for operations with less than five colonies were $33 per queen, $109 per package, and $122 per nuc. Comparable data is not available for 2015. For operations with five more colonies, pollination income for 2016 was $338 million, down 1 percent from 2015. Other income from honey bees for operations with five or more colonies in 2016 was $149 million, down 10 percent from 2015. These estimates along with expenditure and apiary worker information can be found on pages 4 and 5 of this report.

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