Estimation of Potential Economic Losses for the Alberta Beekeeping Industry Due to Winter Losses in 2007

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 With approximately 250,000 bee colonies, Alberta is the largest honey-producing province in Canada, accounting for 40 per cent of the country’s annual production. In Alberta, farm cash receipts from honey production vary. During the last six years receipts have ranged from a low of $24.3 million in 2006 to a high of $57.5 million in 2003.

In the spring of 2007, Alberta beekeepers reported higher than average winterkill losses in over-wintered bee colonies. A survey conducted by Agriculture and Food revealed that, on the average, 30 per cent of Alberta bees were killed during the 2006 / 2007 winter season – twice the long term average in the province. The percentage, however, is in line with average reported winterkill losses across Canada during the same period.

This economic survey reveals that, based on estimates and survey information, the Alberta Beekeeping Industry could potentially experience losses between $16.733 and $24.655 million because of this higher than average winterkill rate.

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This information published to the web on October 10, 2007.
Last Reviewed/Revised on November 25, 2009.