CLAXTON, Ga. (DTN) -- Reg Wilbanks sells 60,000 queen bees every year and demand is so high that his apiary turns away as much business as it accepts.
The Claxton, Ga., fourth-generation beekeeper breeds queen and worker honeybees to sell domestically and overseas while also running a pollination service in the six counties closest to him.
"Colony collapse disorder has created demand," he said, adding that it's a complicated phenomenon compounded by a decline in wild pollinators. "More and more of the pollination task has fallen on the honeybee."
Nearly $15 billion of agricultural crops rely on honeybees for pollination, ...