A sweet time for California's honey and bees

It's a sweet time to be in the honey business.

California's abundant rainfall, a growing consumer demand and a tightening worldwide honey supply have the state's bee industry buzzing with excitement.

Honey prices have reached record highs, and there's no sign that they will fall anytime soon.

"Yes, we are having one of our best years in a long time," said Max Eggman, a Tulare County beekeeper and honey producer. "And we needed it."

Just five years ago, bees across the country were dying by the thousands. Some California beekeepers lost more than half their hives to the cyclical problem known as colony collapse disorder.

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