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Beekeeping During Wartime Sugar Shortage

In late February / early March 1942, Cropsey area farmer Edward Adams discussed the benefits of raising honeybees during the sugar shortage and civilian rationing spurred by World War II. "The wholesale values of honey have gone up 40 percent and may go up more," he said at the time.

The 200 hives managed by Adams produced some 26,000 pounds of honey annually. "The main thing is to give them plenty of room and good ventilation," he added.


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Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

Posted in Historic Photos

March 19th, 2015

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