U.S. Egg Production Up Slightly and Honeybee Colony Numbers Rise
**U.S. egg production totaled 9.37 billion during November 2021, up slightly from last year.
www.morningagclips.com reports production included 8.13 billion table eggs, and 1.24 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.17 billion were broiler-type and 73.8 million were egg-type.
The average number of layers during November 2021 totaled 392 million, up 1% from last year.
November egg production per 100 layers was 2,390 eggs, down slightly from November 2020.
**Over the last 20 years, the U.S. beekeeping industry has experienced significant changes that have included fluctuating honeybee colony numbers coupled with per colony honey yield declines.
According to www.agrimarketing.com, through 2008, bee disease and elevated overwinter losses contributed to declining honeybee colonies, dropping to 2.3 million, the lowest on record.
As beekeepers adapted, the number of colonies began to steadily recover.
The average number of colonies in the most recent decade was 2.7 million.
**About 15,000 producers spanning agricultural industries across the U.S. will be invited to take part in the 2022 Census of Agriculture Content Test starting this month.
www.agriculture.com reports, the selected producers were chosen based on reported data from the previous year, and were curated to represent farms of all types, regions, and value sets.
Participants will be asked to take a questionnaire aimed at improving the reporting experience of the new Respondent Portal.