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Beekeepers deal with honeybee shortage

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. -- While most people don't like bothering with bees, some people make it their livelihood.

Worldwide beekeepers are dealing with a shortage of honeybees and businesses in the North Country are seeing the affects first hand.

Kathleen Finnerty and Ted Elk both have hives throughout Jefferson County and they said Colony Collapse Disorder is to blame for most of the shortages.

While Finnerty's certified naturally grown honey isn't seeing the harshest effects of the shortage, Elk says he lost about 40 percent of his production last year.

"The environmental things, the insecticides, herbicides and fungicides that are being applied to fields through no fault of anyones. As I said earlier, the United States feeds the world and it's just things we have to live in harmony with," said Ted Elk, Many Flowers Honey Company.

"I haven't had any bee losses. I don't know if that is my luck or I haven't been hit hard yet because the loss of bees is multifaceted," said Kathleen Finnerty, Good Earth Honey.

If you want to learn more about beekeeping or where you can get locally grown honey, visit:

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