Beekeepers across the country face a loss after rough winter and flooding

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Spring usually brings the buzzing and pollinating of bees. But this spring, not only locally, but statewide and nationally, bees were shipped to keepers from distributors more than a month later than usual, due to a nationwide shortage.

"With the cold snaps, and actually the flooding, there were a lot of beehives that got caught in the flooding. So the people that I work with in Lincoln, Vallhala Honey, they had to reach out to new distributors this year because across the nation there were problems. Everything got delayed. This year my bees came from Georgia instead of California," said local beekeeper Shelly Deardoff.

Deardoff started beekeeping as a hobby a few years ago, and now sells products from her bee's honey with her business Sassy Pants Honey.

Deardoff says beekeeping has made her take on a new perspective when it comes to the products she uses in her yard and garden, "On the label it will tell you what chemicals are in any product that you use. You just need to educate yourself and find out which ones are very deadly to the bees."

Deardoff encourages those interested in beekeeping to look into classes offered at the local research extension center. She also mentioned the scholarships the Nebraska Bee Association offers to teens, giving them a hive of their own and a mentor to guide them.