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Honey Production Guide for Michigan Beekeepers
Michigan Ag Connection - 03/20/2023

A guide from Michigan State University Extension and the Center for Regional Food Systems outlines best practices for processing and selling liquid honey for beekeepers who make $15,000 or less in annual honey sales.

Michigan beekeepers who are interested in understanding best practices for processing and selling liquid honey now have a new resource. "Producing a Value-Added Product on the Farm: Liquid Honey" provides information to people in Michigan making $15,000 or less in annual honey sales. The guide covers:

- Selling options

- Equipment for honey extraction

- Steps for processing honey

- Food safety

- Labels

- Additional resources

"Producing a Value-Added Product on the Farm: Liquid Honey" was developed by the Michigan State University Extension apiculture team, Center for Regional Food Systems, Product Center, and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Additional resources

- Starting and Keeping Bees in Michigan: Rules and Regulations from Michigan State University Extension

- Rules and Regulations for Selling Honey in Michigan from Michigan State University Extension

- Michigan Cottage Foods Information and Michigan Maple Syrup and Honey Licensing Exemptions from Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

- Michigan Cottage Food Law from Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

- Hygienic Design of Small Scale Produce Farms from University of Vermont Extension

- Generally Accepted Agriculture and Management Practices (GAAMPs) from Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

- Beekeeping Basics – Don’t Panic, It’s Organic, Or Is It? by Dr, Meghan Milbrath

- List of beekeeping associations in Michigan from Michigan Beekeepers Association

- Making It In Michigan - Michigan food trade show & networking conference

To access the guide or any of the additional resources, go to canr.msu.edu/news/honey-production-guide-for-michigan-beekeepers.


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