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U.S. Honeybee Colonies Stabilize

Farmers have become better at replacing lost hives

There’s some good news for honey aficionados. While bee losses jumped to 40 percent in the year ended March 31 from 33 percent in the previous period after a harsh winter, U.S. honeybee colonies have stabilized as farmers have become better at replacing lost ones. Beekeepers reported 2.7 million beehives in 2017, down 3.8 percent from the prior year and 9,000 more than the year before that -- a marked improvement after 20 years of steady decline.

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