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Bees working

Bees are amazing creatures. A common statistic is that we (and other pollinators) depend on them for 1/3 of our food supply.

“Expanding access to nutritious, homegrown Illinois food is one of my top priorities,” Agriculture Director Bob Flider said. “If we could increase local food purchases to just 10% of our grocery bill, it would generate more than $20 billion dollars in new economic activity every year, create thousands of jobs in the farming and food industries and revitalize both rural and urban communities.”

“It is not a decision but an obligation to leave the next generation as much, if not more, potential to feed the world as was left to us”
Dr. Howard Brown, past IL and International CCA Board Chairman. 

Ag In Progress

Our purpose is to develop awareness and communication through education, training and support within the agricultural community in order to help preserve and protect the honey and pollination industry.

How important are they within the agricultural industry.

Honey bees are essential to modern agriculture. These industrious social insects produce over $100 million worth of honey and beeswax each year in the United States. Their service as pollinators of agricultural crops adds another $10 billion to their overall value. Due to losses of native habitat over time, urban and agricultural development, as well as other environmental stresses. Native pollinators such as bumblebees and butterflies no longer exist in the numbers as they once did or at all in places. This further magnifies the critical role of the honey bee and the work of our beekeeping industry.


This is THE most important aspect of Ag in Progress. Our goal is to form a coalition of farmers, pesticide applicators, pesticide manufacturers, the beekeeping industry, and beekeepers to be part of an integrated solution to meet the needs of future pollination requirements. Ag in Progress is an exciting start to a sustainable future. As with many things it has to start by creating awareness by education. We want to create a multi-level approach to address the stresses that bees face as well as our pollination needs. This approach needs everyone from the large agricultural industries, to the people with two beehives in their back yard.