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Wes and Dede Price run a small honey operation out of their Allen backyard. They started Bare Naked Bee Company about a decade ago with a couple of queen bees, and today they’ve got a hundred hives, each humming with 50,000 to 60,000 bees. They jar about 2,500 pounds of Texas wildflower honey annually to sell at farmers markets and retailers. Because their operation is 100 percent Texan, they won’t face penalties if House Bill 590 passes. The bill, authored by Texas representative Ernest Bailes, who represents District 18, in the southeastern part of the state, proposes that products labeled as “Texas honey” must consist “exclusively” of honey produced from Texas apiaries. If codified, the bill would become part of chapter 131 of the Texas Agriculture…
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