When you think of honey, Minnesota may not be what immediately comes to mind. As it turns out, Minnesota is the fastest growing state in terms of honey production across various metrics.
We analyzed the USDA’s latest honey data on the 50 states and found some fascinating tidbits, specifically regarding Minnesota.
Let's dive right into it.
Minnesota’s recent honey production has seen significant growth. In 2021, Minnesota produced 7.1 million pounds of honey, a 20% increase since 2020.
Minnesota produced 1.1 million more pounds of honey in 2021 than in 2020, which ranks 1st among U.S. states for increase in honey production.
Minnesota had 125,000 honey colonies in 2021, ranking 6th among U.S. states. That’s 17,000 more colonies than 2020, the 3rd largest increase among U.S. states.
Minnesota was also the 6th largest honey-producing state, and accounted for 2.4% of all US honey production in 2021.
In other words, Minnesota produced more honey in 2021 than Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa combined.
The 2021 value of Minnesota’s honey production was $16,530,000, accounting for 5% of the total U.S. honey production value. This is a $5,838,000 increase from 2020, a whopping 55% more!
Minnesota had the largest increase in honey production value among all U.S. states!
Conclusion? Minnesota isn't the top honey producing state, but it's quickly climbing up the ranks.
One major reason for this success is the state's climate. The warm days, cool nights, and length of summer days all help with the bee's livelihood and production.
So while Minnesota currently ranks 6th among U.S. states, growing awareness and a consistent pace may soon place the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" as the number 1 honey-producing state.