Bees are sometimes the unsung heroes of American food production. They help to pollinate plants, plus they make the honey that we all enjoy. I say this having enjoyed some on some toast just this morning. However, just like any animal or person, they have to protect themselves for the cold winter months. The bees that are raised around the country have to rely on the expertise of their keepers to keep them alive.
Bees don’t migrate. Nor do they hibernate. Bees have to be kept someplace warm through the winter. Beekeeper Tim Wilbanks explains what they do to protect the hive.
This is not the only option that is available to keepers. Some producers move their colonies to warmer climates to keep them active.
The ag industry has come to rely on these little fuzzy bees to keep our production going.
The American Beekeeping Federation is working on a piece of legislation to benefit bees. It is called the H.I.V.E. Act.