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http://news.msn.com/us/california-dr...honey-supplies


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By TERENCE CHEA of Associated Press

....Many California beekeepers, including Gene Brandi's brother, are taking
their hives to states such as North Dakota where they can forage in
clover and buckwheat fields.

The drought is hurting businesses such as Marshall's Farm Honey, which
supplies raw honey to high-end restaurants, grocery stores and farmers
markets in Northern California.

The Napa Valley business is having trouble making and buying enough
honey to meet the demands of its customers. Many varieties such as
honey made from sage and star-thistle aren't available at all because
it's too dry for their flowers to produce nectar.

"They keep coming back wanting more, and it's very painful to have to
say, 'We don't have it,'" said Helene Marshall, who runs the business
with her husband Spencer. "There's increased demand because of
increased awareness of how good it is for you, and there is less supply."

Spencer Marshall, who maintains hives throughout the San Francisco
Bay Area, said this is by far the worst year for honey production
he's seen in five decades of beekeeping. When the drought ends, "the
bees may come back, but the beekeepers may not," Marshall said.

Amelia Barad-Humphries, who owns a restaurant and floral business
in Napa Valley, said she's concerned about the drought's impact on
bees and honey supplies. She said she eats a teaspoon of local honey
every day to keep her allergies in check and she relies on bees to
pollinate her backyard garden.

"We need honeybees for everything," she said. "People should be
paying attention."

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On 8/21/2014 9:27 AM, wrote:

http://news.msn.com/us/california-dr...honey-supplies


Last third of article:

By TERENCE CHEA of Associated Press

...Many California beekeepers, including Gene Brandi's brother, are taking
their hives to states such as North Dakota where they can forage in
clover and buckwheat fields.

The drought is hurting businesses such as Marshall's Farm Honey, which
supplies raw honey to high-end restaurants, grocery stores and farmers
markets in Northern California.

The Napa Valley business is having trouble making and buying enough
honey to meet the demands of its customers. Many varieties such as
honey made from sage and star-thistle aren't available at all because
it's too dry for their flowers to produce nectar.

"They keep coming back wanting more, and it's very painful to have to
say, 'We don't have it,'" said Helene Marshall, who runs the business
with her husband Spencer. "There's increased demand because of
increased awareness of how good it is for you, and there is less supply."

Spencer Marshall, who maintains hives throughout the San Francisco
Bay Area, said this is by far the worst year for honey production
he's seen in five decades of beekeeping. When the drought ends, "the
bees may come back, but the beekeepers may not," Marshall said.

Amelia Barad-Humphries, who owns a restaurant and floral business
in Napa Valley, said she's concerned about the drought's impact on
bees and honey supplies. She said she eats a teaspoon of local honey
every day to keep her allergies in check and she relies on bees to
pollinate her backyard garden.

"We need honeybees for everything," she said. "People should be
paying attention."

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Lenona.


Here is hoping that El Nino will help with the drought in California.
Texas has been in a drought since 2010, the drought is hopefully over in
the Houston area, but it still exists in San Antonio and South Texas. We
have a friend who depends on bees, his hives produce honey in San Antonio.

Becca


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On 2014-08-21, Ema Nymton wrote:

have a friend who depends on bees, his hives produce honey in San Antonio.


Recently watched a documentary on bees. One beekeeper in AZ solved
the CCD problem by changing to only killer bees. He offers to remove
K-bees from homes, then sets them up in their own hive in a remote
spot in the desert where they will have plenty of access to native
flowering desert plants. Yes, he must take precautions, like extra
protective bee clothing, but he reaps maga amts of natural organic
honey, which he sells at the local farmer's mkt.

nb
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On 8/21/2014 10:31 AM, notbob wrote:
On 2014-08-21, Ema Nymton wrote:

have a friend who depends on bees, his hives produce honey in San Antonio.


Recently watched a documentary on bees. One beekeeper in AZ solved
the CCD problem by changing to only killer bees. He offers to remove
K-bees from homes, then sets them up in their own hive in a remote
spot in the desert where they will have plenty of access to native
flowering desert plants. Yes, he must take precautions, like extra
protective bee clothing, but he reaps maga amts of natural organic
honey, which he sells at the local farmer's mkt.

nb


Here, and elsewhere, Africanized killer bees have been breeding with
European honey bees and it makes for some feisty baby bees. Killer bees
will kill a few people in the Houston area, every year. These bees do
not like loud noises, like tractors, blowers, chainsaws, so they reach
out and kill the perpetrator.

Becca















Becca


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On 2014-08-21, Ema Nymton wrote:

not like loud noises, like tractors, blowers, chainsaws, so they reach
out and kill the perpetrator.


I like 'em already!

nb


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On 8/21/2014 11:40 AM, notbob wrote:
On 2014-08-21, Ema Nymton wrote:

not like loud noises, like tractors, blowers, chainsaws, so they reach
out and kill the perpetrator.


I like 'em already!

nb


You do not get to choose the victim, so our politicians walk around free
and easy.

Becca




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