Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of implementing a beekeeping cooperative in the Bloomington-Normal, Illinois area. Through the literature review, it is exhibited that honeybees play a very important role in the pollination of certain crops, but there has been a decline in honeybee population, which could result in possible crop reduction. My research was determining benefits and feasibility in the formation of a beekeeping cooperative. Through conducting interviews with beekeepers, farmers, cooperatives, and agricultural organizations, I have determined that there are significant benefits to be gained from the presence of a cooperative, although there are substantial barriers that could prevent the cooperative from being successful. I would recommend future study in gauging interest to determine if the biggest barrier of lack of dedication could be avoided.

Disciplines

Civic and Community Engagement | Environmental Sciences

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