BISMARCK, ND (AP) — A commercial beekeeping supply business has opened in far southwestern North Dakota that will serve residents of three of the country’s top five honey-producing states.
State Department of Commerce officials say the commercial supply of bees to Hettinger is intended to strengthen beekeeping and other agricultural sectors in the community and region. It is within comfortable driving distance for growers in the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming.
“These are some of the largest honey-producing states in the country, and we look forward to being a local resource for them,” said Blake Shook, director of strategic sourcing planning.
North Dakota leads the nation in honey production and, along with Montana and South Dakota, produced nearly half of all U.S. honey in 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The project was supported by local and state incentive programs. It should create 12 full-time jobs.
“As the nation’s top honey producer, North Dakota is a fitting hub for beekeeping supplies and home to many residents who rely on our state’s ability to remain a competitive leader in the honey market,” said said North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum. noted.
Hettinger is located minutes from the South Dakota border and about an hour from the Montana border.