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  Only about 1600 commercial beekeepers survive in the United States today. These beekeepers pollinate most of our orchards and other crops that need pollination.

  Commercial beekeepers today make more of their livelihood from pollination fees than from honey. Most of them migrate south in the winter, and follow the bloom northward for various pollination and honey crops.
Four tractor-trailer loads from Florida went to California to pollinate almonds last year. Then they went to New York for apples, then Maine for blueberries, followed by a trip to Michigan for cucumbers. Upon their autumn return to Florida, you could truly say: These are "high mileage" bees!

  Beekeeping has changed a lot since Grandpa's day.

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