During 1947 the 55,000 colonies of honey bees in Utah produced approximately $545,000 worth of marketable honey and beeswax. In addition they pollinated most of the fruit, alfalfa seed, various vegetable and other seed crops. By 1949 the price of honey had declined to where the crop of honey and beeswax was worth $253,000, produced by 49,000 colonies of bees. The value of bees in Utah as pollinating agents to fruit and seed crops greatly exceeds the income received by beekeepers from bee products sold. Because agriculture receives such great benefit from bees, it seems reasonable that farmers who are deriving substantial benefit from the beekeeping industry should cooperate with beekeepers to sustain beekeeping on a sound, thriving basis.
Knowlton, G. F.; Sturtevant, A. P.; and Sorenson, C. J., "Bulletin No. 340 - Adult Honey Bee Losses in Utah as Related to Arsenic Poisoning" (1950). UAES Bulletins. Paper 301.