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Researchers at UGA have been studying honey bees for decades. These important insects are practical models of biological organization and social behavior and are managed and used to produce honey and pollinate crops.

Honey bee research at UGA emphasizes sustainable bee health management and other questions about bee pollination and foraging ecology. The UGA Honey Bee Program continuously aims to develop research, teaching and Extension initiatives that are locally responsive while globally relevant.

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UGA Honey Bee Program Information on beekeeping in Georgia, honey bee research, and graduate studies.

UGA Department of Entomology Learn more about the entomology department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Protecting Pollinators UGA Extension faculty and staff provide tools for businesses, schools and homeowners to help increase natural pollinator spaces.

Commodity Teams at CAES Teams made up of research scientists and extension specialists work together to provide the latest technology and information for efficient, profitable production of some of Georgia's most valuable commodities.

External sites

American Beekeeping Federation A national organization with about 1,000 members that continuously works in the interest of all beekeepers, large or small, and those associated with the industry to ensure the future of the honey bee. Included are links to educational opportunities and events, membership information, news and publications, legislative activities, resources, and a photo gallery.

Georgia Beekeepers Association Information concerning upcoming events, junior beekeepers, Africanized bees, products and services, local clubs, national clubs, and other pertinent topics.

Georgia Department of Agriculture Apiary Inspections List of frequently asked questions pertaining to apiary plants in an effort to promote the highest quality and integrity of plants and plant products produced by the Georgia green industry while ensuring consumer protection.

USDA Bee Research Laboratory Site providing information about the Bee Research Laboratory, located in Beltsville, Maryland, where research is conducted on the biology and control of honey bee parasites, diseases, and pests to ensure an adequate supply of bees for pollination and honey production.

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Top Producers
County Name Value
Appling $12,546,400
Clinch 7,728,484
Toombs 5,492,200
Worth 3,682,500
Chatham 2,985,000
Coffee 2,141,932
Colquitt 1,824,000
Banks 1,727,000
Evans 1,609,500
Pierce 1,392,500
State Total: $62,235,836

Displaying farm gate values for 2021. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.