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This made us gasp in horror:

"Every year Tony Bachelder mixes up a big batch of antibiotics he buys at a local farm store, adds powdered sugar and sprinkles it on his 600 beehives to ward off disease that could wipe out his colonies. He sells whatever he has left over to hobby beekeepers, many of whom have only a few hives and find it easier to pay Bachelder a buck a hive for the medicine."

This is the most irresponsible example of mismanagement we have heard of in a very long time. Antibiotics are a targeted remedy for specific problems. They are not a vitamin or mineral that you indiscriminately fling on beehives! What were these people thinking!?! And now... because folks need "adult supervision" more government regulation is born. Idiots. sigh

Note: The article's audience is for residents of Maine, but this affects everyone in the USA (if we read it correctly).

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/08/21/maines-apiarists-are-all-abuzz-about-new-federal-rules/
Beginning in January, the FDA will require honey bee colonies that need antibiotics to be treated by a veterinarian.
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My experience is the guy in the article is typical. That goes for how they treat packages and nucs too.
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We just want to wish a very beefriendly National Honey Bee Day to all of our friends in the USA. We will be celebrating by breaking bread this evening with a group of friends and members of the Franklin County Beekeepers Association.
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Serendipitous Honey

This is when it is neat to own and operate a beekeeping operation.

Today. Four jars of honey samples from Mexico showed up at our door. Totally unsolicited. The honey company is trying to find outlets to sell their products in the USA.

And yes, the honey is quite good. You never know... if we ever open a varietal honey store someday, we'll keep this supplier in mind. :)
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I am naresh kumar hiryana sa hu. We have bee boxes and some quality of honey for sale in India. Mob. 9416993559
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Shocker.
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A new type of genetically engineered crop is tempting farmers to use a weedkiller illegally. The illicit chemical use has damaged nearby crops and provoked conflict among neighbors.
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The record shows an increasing dependence on herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides (Monsanto produced or otherwise). Even when rotated. Rotation just slows the dependence.

Is Monsanto to blame? Not directly. There is a solid argument that they are complicit though. To extend that drunk driving analogy... it is kinda like they are the alcohol company that marketed that their alcohol won't make you drunk and that allows you to drive safely.

They are a primary force in an industry that has promoted their products as miracle formulas, and more. Resistance was not even possible in the beginning according to their marketing. Environmental degradation? Of course not! It's benign! Higher yields at lower costs! Etc. Etc.

All of it BS of course. But not before Monsanto (in particular) locked up to much of the market in to a oligarchy of companies.
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More evidence linking certain classes of pesticides to pollinator decline, and bees in particular.

#Bees #CCD #BigAg #Pesticides
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Both amazing and disturbing all wrapped up into one. :)

#Science #Engineering
SwagBot is a cow herding robot designed to herd and monitor cows. It is being developed by researchers at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics
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Pesticide Kill, July, 2016

Folks. Follow pesticide application instruction to the letter. Otherwise collateral effects occur. Like you end up killing things. Oh, and it is a felony. There is that as well. It is a crime for a reason. Here is the reason. The pictures didn't come out clearly, but a hive of ours at our suburban apiary was likely clobbered.

This happens ... all the time. Be responsible folks! Please!
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I found dead honey bees in the water dish I put out for cats.
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Another hot Saturday here in NC. Farm chores on the menu for the afternoon. Todd is rotating the fence, and I'm mowing the lawn.

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The varroa mite problem would eventually become manageable If everyone cart blanche stopped treating. If it were possible to actually eradicate the mite, this would be a different conversation. But we can't. Propping up bees with a chemical crutch forever is not the answer. Adaption is. The chemicals ensure the bees are forever dependent and therefore weaker.

We greatly respect Marla Spivak, but she is absolutely wrong about this.
Bee experts warn that novices may be inadvertently putting their hives in danger by not keeping the mite population in check.
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Thanks for the info!
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Every farm needs an outdoor shower...
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NOM NOM NOM!

Just moved the sheep. We tend to move them approximately twice a week, depending. This "grassy" area has gotten a bit out of hand. It should occupy them for 5 or 6 days. Maybe even longer. That being said, sheep prefer 4 to 6 inch long grass. Tall grass loses its palatability and nutritional density. But... there is a lot of diversity here. They should enjoy it.

And under a lot of that grass is a stone foundation for an old barn. I want them to uncover it so we can perhaps stack those stones and set them aside for future usage.
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One week on very overgrown pasture. Probably could have taken them off of it on day 4 or 5, but we wanted them to eat some of the less desireables as well. Fully exposed the rock foundation that is there from the old barn. Pretty cool.

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Utterly fascinating, and probably ancient, cross-species relationship in order to achieve a common goal. #Honey!
It sounds like a fairy tale but it's real. A study shows how wild birds and people communicate to find bees' nests and share the sweet honeycomb. The teamwork may date back thousands of years or more.
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