Although honey production nationwide was down only 4 percent, it fell by more than 30 percent in California, according to a recently released report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

California showed declines in both the number of honey-producing colonies and the yield per colony.

Despite the decreases, the state remained the number two honey-producing state, behind North Dakota.

Honey production nationwide totaled 148 million pounds in 2007, down 4 percent from 2006.

There were 2.44 million colonies producing honey in 2007, up 2 percent from 2006.



Yield per colony averaged 60.8 pounds, down 6 percent from the 64.7 pounds in 2006.



The 2007 honey price was 103.2 cents, down slightly from 103.6 cents in 2006.



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