Bee pollinating a flower

How CCD Affects Pollinators

CCD, or Colony Collapse Disorder, causes an average loss of 30% of beehives annually since 2006.

Obviously, bees are not the only pollinators on earth. They are, however, the largest contributors to animal pollination. Other pollinators include bats, butterflies, insects, and birds. In honor of National Pollinator Week, June 19-25, 2017, we have the basic information you will need to join the fight to save our pollinators.

Bees   Butterflies   Hummingbird

First, Some Statistics

It’s important to understand just what pollinators do and why saving them has become so important. You can see the tremendous impact they have on our food supply and our economy in these statistics:

Pollinator Statistics

Also, according to a 2016 United Nations committee report, up to 16% of vertebrate pollinators, like birds and bats, and 9% of insect pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, are threatened with extinction. Keep reading for the causes and suggestions for what you can do to help pollinators in your area.

Causes of Pollinator Deaths

There are no quick and easy answers for what is causing the threat to our pollinators.

First, current agricultural practices leave no space for wildflowers or cover crops, giving no shelter from predators and weather. Also, today’s fields are mostly weed-free, which means food sources for pollinators are dwindling.

Green Field

Second, Varroa mites, first reported in Florida in the 1980’s, have become extremely dangerous to honeybees. They will parasitize an entire bee colony by feeding on both adult bees and larvae. These dangerous parasites have spread throughout the US from their origin point in Florida and can spread throughout a colony and to other colonies very quickly. You can find more information on Varroa mites here.

Third, the use of pesticides known as neonicotinoids is especially harmful to pollinators. These pesticides remain in the stems, leaves, and pollen of plants, meaning that pollinators ingest them and carry them back to their hives and nests, infecting others around them.

Spraying herbicide

Also, climate change has directly impacted bumblebees in North America and Europe. According to an article in Science magazine, climbing temperatures have changed growing seasons and regions all over the world. Most animals have adapted by following their food sources, but many bumblebee species have not been able to make this change by moving their habitats north. Their inability to adapt to climate change is leading to a huge decline in the bumblebee population.

Bumble bee on a flower

The UN committee report also indicated that more research needs to be done on the effect pollinators have on genetically modified organisms. Crops that are resistant to insecticides and insects may also cause adverse reactions in pollinators.

What is CCD?

CCD, or Colony Collapse Disorder, is a mysterious circumstance causing massive honey bee deaths around the world. The phenomenon was first noticed in 2006, and steps have been taken to counteract its effects.

According to the EPA, CCD happens when worker bees abandon the hive and the queen. The queen and drones, unable to fend for themselves, eventually starve to death. Hives cannot sustain themselves without worker bees. 60% of hive losses were attributed to CCD in 2008, but that number had declined to 31.1% of hive losses in 2013.  The decline in CCD-related losses is a positive step, but more action can help.

How Can You Help?

One easy way to help save the pollinators is to plant a pollinator garden. Every little bit helps. The Pollinator Partnership provides planting guides for the planting regions in North America on their website.

Flower Beds to help with CCD

It’s important to provide a variety of plants for pollinators in your garden. Different colors, textures, and blooming cycles will help attract the largest variety of pollinators. In the case of butterflies, you should also provide plants to feed their larvae (caterpillars).

To make pollination more efficient, plant in groups.

In addition to providing variety, please take care to only plant native species. Non-native species can sometimes take over an area and cause damage to an ecosystem. Your local Master Gardener group or extension office can help you determine the native plants for your area.

Many herbs and annuals work well for pollinators.

Bird bath

Also, provide water sources for the pollinators near your garden, so they get everything they need. Butterflies, especially, need muddy puddles, since that water provides the minerals they need to remain healthy.

Leave fruit on the ground once it falls from the plant, as well. Many pollinators are attracted to overripe or rotting fruit.

Use plants at varying heights to help provide shelter from the elements and predators.

manicured landscaping to help with CCD

Try to avoid using pesticides, especially neonicotinoids. Target only invasive and problematic species.

Leave dead tree trunks and limbs on the ground to provide a habitat for wood-nesting pollinators.

You may already be doing several of these things in your flower beds and landscaping without realizing it. Making a few more adjustments can help pollinators a great deal! If everyone makes just a few changes, we can make a huge difference in the fight to save pollinators.

If you have the room, consider keeping some beehives of your own! Which brings me to the below:

Honey Extractor Giveaway – This contest has now been closed, and the winner has been notified.  Thank you for your interest!

In honor of National Pollinators Week, we’re excited to give away a “Honey Extraction Basics” Kit from Harvest Lane Honey on June 23, 2017 at 2pm Central Time! To enter for a chance to win the prize pack, please leave a comment on this blog post (One entry per person). The winner will be chosen at random from those who comment.  Winner will be notified by e-mail and will have 2 weeks to respond. If the winner does not respond within 2 weeks of notification, a new winner will be drawn.

The details for the prize pack are listed below. Good luck!

Winners will be receiving an Uncapping Angle Knife, a Honeycomb Scratcher,

a Honey Sieve, a 6-pack of Honey Bears, and a Frame Extractor.

The combined value of the extraction kit is valued at $350!

Please share your beekeeping experiences and tips in the comments! We’d love to hear from you!

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547 thoughts on “How CCD Affects Pollinators

      1. Jo An Murphy

        Am a newby for bees but am extremely interested and would appreciate equipment for getting started thanks for all the great information

      2. David Hubbard

        A very nice article. I plan on starting my very first hive next spring. I am buying a hive kit in September from Ozark Cedar Hives out of Missouri. I have been reading and studying and can’t wait to get started.

      3. Tim O'Dell

        Started bee keeping last spring and lost 2 out of 3 hives, but this year have got 3 swarms and all are doing great. I live in central Illinois and I would like to know what is thought of the fairly new practice of agricultural fungicide application by plane I believe this is harmful to bees. Am i incorrect or what do you think?

      4. Lisa Matheny

        We are new beekeepers. We set up two hives in April. It is a great family hobby. We love watching our girls at work.

      5. Saige Matheny

        This is my first year with bees! I’m taking them as a 4-H project. An extractor would be really helpful.

    1. Mike M

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  1. Jillian Foster

    How interesting. We are for sure going to use these tips to help our little buzzing friends! We’ve already planted some flowers but will be sure to do more.

  2. Ralston foster

    As a farmer I’ve never given much thought to how our crops are effecting bees. I’m going to look into leaving spaces for wild flowers of cover crops in the water ways we are able to use.

    1. Lonna L Wells

      I am stunned that our culture is so singular in its selfish awareness of our environment. We decimate our own existence for artificial gains. Our lives are symbiotic relationships and we have failed in our responsibilities. I only hope that I can make a difference in my tiny sphere of influence; getting back to my roots in small farming, bees, ducks and permaculture.
      Thanks for all your efforts and education!

  3. Aubrey Frost

    We’re working hard to provide sprawling natural habitats for pollinators in our yard, and have really enjoyed the tips and bee keeper presenters at our local RK this year! Hoping to work toward happy bees- and raw honey in the pantry! ?

  4. Ginger

    Great blog post! Thank you, Rural King, for being concerned about our pollinators! I am a 2nd year beekeeper and I’d love to win this equipment! 🙂

  5. Jessica Williams

    I’m very interested in keeping bees. Just purchased almost 50 acres of old pasture field and woods. We are letting the wild flowers grow and the amount of honey and bumble bees in the fields is almost deafening.

  6. Mike Brock

    Very interesting I hope that some day soon they will find the solution to the CCD.

  7. Timothy Hill

    This is my first year as a bee keeper and have already fell in love with it. I captured a wild hive and have been over the years planting in perspiration for having bees. I am still collecting tools to be successful in bee keeping

  8. Gregg Jackson

    Thanks for a great article. Hopefully awareness like this will get more people into saving the bees. We currently put out 3 wildflower patches each year hopefully every year add to this.

  9. Michele Kopis

    I have been keeping bees for about 20 years now. They are fascinating to watch work!
    It would be a blessing to win this prize!
    Thank you for educating people on how important our bees are.

  10. Blane McMichen

    Good blog post! Very helpful and well written. We need more hives to help sustain our agriculture.

  11. Mary

    I have a small organic farm and have just been repairing an old hive box from a friend in preparation of getting some bees in the future. I have planted many fruit trees and this year adding native plants for the pollinators. I would love to have this for my first honey harvest

  12. Thomas Lampl

    Doing our part! Up to 14 hives this summer! Keep spreading the news so we can save our girls! Tom

  13. Richard Isbell

    It’s great that more people are working on helping the bees. I started 3 years ago and my daughter started this year. Hope to have fun working with her on the bees.

  14. Jim Hoffman

    I’ve been keeping bees for 13 seasons now. Not many hobbies can pay for themselves like beekeeping! Find a mentor near you and start a hive next spring.

  15. Rodney

    A lot of great information in this article. All of us need to help our pollinators strive.

  16. Scott Humbert

    I have heard that local honey can help curb ones allergies since the need are gathering locally. I don’t have anyone local to me to raising need and have been thinking about getting started myself.

  17. Ronald Rieckers

    I have been wanting to add bees to my farm. This extractor would be a good start

  18. Michael Burdine

    I love my bees. My bees work hard every day to bring good things to the table.

  19. Keith Sweger

    I have only just started with 3 hives . I enjoy watching them work. Hope to put some honey in pantry this fall.

  20. Carol Anderson

    Thanks for the great tips! I’m a bee keeper in the making. I’m soaking up all the info I can get. I bought a bird bath yesterday and set it out for a water source. Thank you!

  21. Tom Hicks

    I think I have an interesting story. In college (1975) I took an ag class learning to handle honey bees. For several years after I always had a couple of active bee hives. Got married with family got away from bee keeping. 2012 found a hive inside a squirrel nest box i had built so now back in bee keeping. So excited!!!!

  22. Chris Love

    After starting my own garden last year and learning more and more about gardening I soon realized the benefits of having honey bees and also growing pollinators. I now love clover and stopped using all herbicide and insecticides and try to solve issues naturally. I’m saving up now for a bee box to place on our 3.5 acres in an effort to provide them a safe haven and also reap the benefits of fresh home grown honey. Good Luck to you all!

  23. C K

    I’ve planted crimson clover in my hay fields the last two years. The honey bee hive next to the field seemed to enjoy it. If you walked along the field when the clover was in full bloom, it would sound like the whole field was a hive. My wife has started planting butterfly weed and milk weed in parts of the landscaping for the butterflies. We have enjoyed almost all of it (except the time the bee hive decided to split and move into our house with us – but a bee vacuum did the trick and my friend got another bee hive from the ordeal). We will have to take a look at the pollinator planting guide to see what else we can do.

  24. Sharon Fildes

    I so want to raise bees. I’ve been reading a lot and still have a lot to learn. Have started buying items needed to get started.

  25. Forrest Patterson

    I’m going to do my part to help create a better environment for our pollinating friends.

  26. Lori Silva

    We would love to have this on our little homestead! This has been something that we’ve dreamed of adding for a few years now! We love honey and the benefits are numerous! Those little workers provide so much for us!

  27. Pamela Brint

    I would love winning this. I think my tip would be that buying one of these makes a bee keepers life easier.

  28. Keith Hancock

    I’m glad more people are finally realizing how much we need pollinators. If it wasn’t for our small flying friends we wouldn’t be here. My wife and I are currently​ working on a small 4 ac patch and a 2 ac yard for our bees and pollinators. It’s not much but every little bit helps.

  29. Dennis Baxter

    I have just recently started two hives on my property and are concerned about pesticides especially the kind my neighbor uses on his cows. The cows lay next to our fence row adjacent to where my hives are located. I’ll talk with our ag extension office to see if it is a ;real concern. Love the articles and information.

  30. Gunter Mark

    Always wanted to harvest my own honey but never knew how but to all rule king posts I believe I can handle it with all there supplies and knowledge of bee keeping

  31. Ron Speck

    Great article! Thank you for sharing this. I am a new beekeeper this year with 3 hives started all from swarms caught from a local wild colony. It’s becoming a passion where I can’t learn enough about bee habits and raising them. They are fascinating and their contribution to our lives go unnoticed much of the time.

  32. David Westerman

    Been bee keeping bout 3years a great enjoyment have done most of ur tips but keep learning something every year thanks

  33. James masimer

    I believe that the honey bee is the canary in the coal mine. Honey is good for our health.

  34. Allison

    My dad has been building his bee hives for years. This would really help him extract the honey so that he can create more hives.

  35. Michael Gaffney

    I would like to get into been keeping for a hobby. Getting the honey and helping the orange, lemon, and lime trees we have with pollination. Bee’s play a very important role in the world. Eating local honey helps with allergies and will be a great benefit to me.

  36. Andy Simon

    As a beekeeper it is great to see so much attention given to helping bees lately. As the saying goes ” no bees, no food”

  37. Mrs. Rhonemus

    Very interesting and informative post!! We will definitely be doing more to help our area bees.
    Thanks so much!

  38. Sarah martin

    Would love to have the honey extractor. The article was very good about ccd. Thank you

  39. Mike Wright

    Not many people realize how much our existence depends on BEE’s as the pollinators of all our food and more. We need to figure out how to keep everyone somewhat happy and save the bee’s. My Grandfather actually has a wild honey bee hive in a huge maple on his property for the last 7 years!!!!!!

  40. Ashley Silva

    Bees are hard to come by in our area with people using too many insecticides. We’ve been trying to plant more flowers and let the dandelions grow for a bit before cutting, just so our bees (and butterflies) have food and habitats to thrive in. This would be a great gift for our little boy to learn how to respect and observe his natural surroundings.

  41. Paul

    I have bees for my apple trees. They work hard. I once saw a bee carry so much pollen it looked like he was carrying another bee.

  42. Jerry Marsh

    Would love this to help me get started in bee keeping. I’ve had my pollinator garden as well as a small vegetable and herb garden for a few years now. Would love to expand my efforts.

  43. Tim Elliget

    There are beekeeping organizations in virtually every state that can provide great information, training and mentoring for anyone either interested in or even if you already have bees. They also host trainining seminars giving you access to experts in the field. The east central Ohio beekeepers association is just one. Go to http://www.e-coba.org for information on their program on September 23rd, 2017.

  44. Patrick Litke

    Great information. We plant flowers among our vegetables to aide the attraction of pollinators. Next year’s plans include the addition of bees to our farm.

  45. Gregory Zagursky

    My son-in-law has the box out now he could use this extractor to reap the bounty.

  46. Jeffrey Adler

    I have always enjoyed helping my father-in-law render out honey manually by squeezing the hot honey and wax through a cloth sack.

  47. Jordan Dollar

    I have really enjoyed keeping bees for the last two years, but with so many diseases and parasites out there it’s easy to spend all your time worried about losing your colonies.

  48. Ken

    Just got our first beehive a month ago and hoping we can expand in the future. This equipment would bee a great addition for our start.

  49. Penny Dillard

    I read the article and would love to help! This would help get me started! #savethebees

  50. John W. Brown

    I have been thinking about getting back in to bees . This looks like it would be a great place to start. I have removed wild bees out of trees and other thing for people.Have had bee’s all over me and have never be stung yet. My Papaw show me how to handle bees when i was kid. I will be 57 on the date of this drawing.

  51. Thomas Pugh

    As a novice beekeeper I found this very helpful. Our pollinators need all the help we can provide. Keep up the great work.

  52. Bob Spinelli

    What I have also found, was planting lavender attracts honey bees and bumble bees and blooms throughout the summer.

  53. Joe Hennessy

    Thanks, for the great information, I have been attending Bee keeping classes at our local RK store and though them I have met and joined the local Beekeeper Club. I am currently building my hives and just getting started.
    As a retired Horticulturist, I have planted wildflowers and assorted trees and shrubs to give the bees a succession of blooms through out the year. Keep the information flowing.

  54. Dale Hesser

    Great article, thanks for information! We lost two of our colonies last year and are trying again with two more nuts. We have about 2.5 acres of yard near our hives and will leave large patches of common clover to bloom between cuttings and have stopped treating the yard for weeds. The bees love the clover!

  55. Larry Kuebler

    Working on building a hive would like all information I can get to get started bee keeping

  56. John Free

    Bees do so much for our enviroment by what they do for all our crops we just do not realize how important they are. We all must try and keep them alive as with out them many fruits and vegetables we would not

  57. Lisa Spracklen

    I have started a small apiary and have learned a lot. Thanks for the great article and for your suport of beekeepers. I still have much to learn and could really benefit from extraction equipment.

  58. Gary Gillespie

    I have been looking into beekeeping for a number of years now and plan to start soon as I am very close to retirement. We have an area on our property dedicated to bee attracting plants. I love to stand there and watch them happily moving from flower to flower.

  59. Tom

    Excellent very informative article. My Dad used to keep bees, but in homemade boxes. I learned a lot from him and have always been intrigued by bees. Since Rural King sells bee keeping supplies, it will be so much easier to get back into it than mail order. Thank you for continuing my education on the amazing little bees!

  60. Joel Brutcher

    My son and I purchased our bees thru Rural King this year. We are planting flowers and being sure to not use any pesticides in our yard
    We are truly loving watching the bees work and build their hive
    Although we won’t get honey this first year having an extractor would be great as we plan to have more hives in the future

  61. John G. Drescher

    As a bee keeper I have seen CCD and know it is bad.
    However my main problem is black Bears. I lost all three of my hives to black bears this year.
    The Game Commission Officer is more interested in saving the bear than protecting my bees.

  62. Nathan

    I’m a second year beekeeper, I started with 3 hives last year and have now grown to 10. I’ve planted a few thousand square feet of wildflowers and also plant native plants in the flower beds around my house. Just trying to do my part to help out not only my honeybees but also the native pollinators.

  63. Robert Feola

    I have 1very busy hive on my 30 acres and have lost 2 to 3 the last couple of years… I will be using these tips in the future..

  64. James T. Barton

    I’ve been researching starting hang bee. This is something I’m going to do. We have a half an acre that as sweet clover the bee seem to like it.

  65. Bobby kennedy

    This article has me very interested in becoming an apiarist. I would love to help the environment.

  66. Louie Dunihue

    This information as a world of interesting facts which will help us continue forward preventing any loss of her hives. I will take this information and help improve my hives which I truly appreciate very knowledgeable people running this information .

  67. Bill Campbell

    I have been thinking of getting honey bee hive. I have a large vegetable garden and flower garden. I have more wasps now then honey bees. Still have a few bumble bees. A bee hive would be great because it would pollinate everything and I could get some honey in return.

  68. Walker Winkler jr

    This would be perfect for us,just getting started on our homesteading adventure,this kit would come in very handy with/for our bee’s. Thanks

  69. Pat Henderson

    Very informative story. We’ll continue to improve habitat for the bees on our property.

  70. Gay Anschutz

    Thank you for the blog post! I enjoy beekeeping and learn so much from our beekeepers meetings and from the internet. I would LOVE to win this prize!

  71. Lorraine Byrd

    Very interesting. We need bees for our food source and our survival. Thank you for sharing.

  72. David Frames

    We always plant alot I flowers every year to help our honey buddies. I also share all the information I find to others about the importance of helping & saving bees.

  73. Andrew

    I am relieved to learn that CCD is on the decline. However, I did not know about the mites. Since honey bees are an invasive species, the mites must have come into Florida from Europe somehow.

  74. Adam Crum

    Oh man that’s awesome! I could use that extractor. And the giveaway is on my birthday. Good luck everyone!

  75. Joe Boner

    Very informative article. Thank you.
    I’ve just started back into beekeeping. The prize package would be a great addition!

  76. Mark Sachs

    We’ve kept bees for three years now, since moving from Chicago to rural Kentucky. We’ve had our ups and downs, but we thoroughly enjoy it. Pollinators are critical the surrounding agriculture as well as our modest garden. And the honey is nice too.

  77. Jordan Ott

    After learning of the bee decline, my husband and I did some research and began our hive. Our bees are doing so well and seem to be the happiest little angels. We love being able to watch them work and are in awe of how complex they are. We learn more and more each day and look forward to beginning a few more hives in the near future. This is the first year we will be harvesting honey and are in need of an extractor. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to enter such an awesome contest. Save the bees!

  78. Jim Wallen

    Without bees, we humans would not be here. I would love to get back into bee keeping!

  79. George Sverlow

    Bees are a critical link to the population of nature. The drastic reduction can be seen in today’s overall harvest of honey. In today’s news it was great to see Vice President Mike Pence’s wife give her husband a bee hive for his birthday. This only shows how important the conservation and highlighting the care everyone must take to save our pollinators by using less insecticide.

  80. Rachelle Griggs

    Thank you for all the information! I can start implementing some of these things around my home to try to help!

  81. Lori Price

    I am just getting started in the bee business.. I dont have any tips to share YET. This extractor would be an awesome gift as I do not have one yet !

  82. Joe Baker

    I would love to win this giveaway. I’m saving up to buy all the equipment I will need for honey bees. I plan on starting at least one hive in the spring. This would be a great addition to my future venture. Thank you for the opportunity!

  83. Cassie

    I learned a ton from this article that I didn’t know! I’ve always planted flowers for my bees in my gardens, but I’ll have to add water sources for them!! Thanks for a great article! 🙂

  84. Sherry Sutter

    We recently purchased our farm and definitely plan on beekeeping. We already have some equipment but could really use this! We have planted hundreds of trees, berries, veggies and flowers and could really use the pollination!

  85. Jack jones

    I have a friend who has a bee farm he has explained how important bees are this is a great promotion thanks

  86. Christi Casey

    My husband and I have become interested in bee keeping after finding a hive in an old tree on our homestead. Like most, we are on a limited budget and so…throwing our names in the pot for this awesome prize. Thanks!

  87. Tom Hrenak

    Thank you so much for helping to educate society about what is happening with our pollinators. I’m an amateur bee keeper with 15 years experience helping my father in law and 3 years on my own. We received our first colony from him who raised these bees in primarily wood lands and transported this colony to a rural farming community and lost it within 1.5 years due to CCD. I honestly believe it was due to the significant amounts of pesticides used in my surrounding area. Please help keep this fight in motion and thanks again for what you are doing to help our pollinators.

  88. Rhonda Matteson

    This would be awesome addition!! I started with one top bar have and now have 5 top bar and 4 Langs.

  89. George

    I’ve been looking at getting into starting a colony, and these tips will surely help when i do.
    Thank you.

  90. Dominic Pasquini

    Placed a new hive and stocked with bees this spring. I hope to use your provided information to ensure the hive stays healthy, and hope to someday sample some of the honey.

  91. John Morgan

    I want to take the time to appreciate the efforts that RK is taking to ensure our lively hood and the careful consideration of the many different kinds of Pollinators. Ensuring we have the right plants and the right food for the different Pollinators who work everyday to ensure we have food for our families.

  92. Aaron Hall

    This is my first year as a bee keeper. I absolutely love it. I built my hives out of cedar and use the plastic frames. I caught a wild swarm on mother’s day 2017. I hope to grow my number of hives in the very near future. Thanks for the article lost of good reads.

  93. Mary Young

    Awesome information! Bee keeping is on a come back from a lost skill in our area. Lots of classes offered in the Ag dept and the college. I would love to put this winning package to good use!

  94. Sarah Taylor

    I’m enjoying the fact people now post when they have a swarm they need to find a new home for. People are realizing they are not a nuisance, but rather another thing that will go away if not nurtured.
    We would love to win and help continue a family tradition.

  95. Bradley Hopper

    I could use one of these. Just started a couple years ago and have been busy with making increase. I’m up to 20 hives so next year I’ll need to purchase an extractor to harvest. I love that I can go to my local Rural King and purchase things I need in case of emergencies. Cost of equipment is my biggest obstacle. Have yet to experience CCD but know commercial beekeepers that have. However I feel we are facing bigger issues in the industry and CCD seems to be the combination of those. With loss of habitat being the biggest and imported pest being a close second. Pesticides seem to be less of an issue. Neonics are a safer pesticide then the sprays we use to use. Herbicides pose a bigger threat because they kill bee forage at a crucial point in the year and contaminate the pollen the bees need. Another big threat to the industry is that it is an aging one. Most beekeepers are 50+ and are looking at retirement. With no young people not wanting to get involved we may face collapse. I had only wished I started in my 20s instead of my 30s. Education and outreach programs can help get people interested and involved. This should be and is quickly becoming the norm with clubs and programs popping up over the country. With all that being said CCD is a combination of issues facing the industry. However I do see the light at the end of the tunnerl. With state agencies planting pollinator habitats, education in the schools, the Hobby Farm movement, more outlets to sell products, and community awareness. The stress on pollinators and beekeepers will lessen in the years to come. I would like to take this time to gratitude as an up and coming beekeeper to Rural King for providing easy access to equipment and for bringing awareness to this essential asset to our planet.

  96. vincent lowers

    Winning would be the BEES KNEES lol, and just what I need to BUZZ on up to the next level. Sure hope I win this HONEY of a prize

  97. Jared Poling

    It seems more likely that some cases of CCD are actually cases of unrecognized pesticide poisoning. Many farmers simply refuse to accept the fact that their pesticides can dramatically affect pollinators and therefore refuse to change pest control methods.

  98. Wanda

    This is very interesting to me , I love honey and I am going to try to do as much as I can to keep them from being extinct . I love pretty flowers ,so that is one way I can help . I heard a similar story about them in the past , it is so sad our our ecosystem is so off kilter .

  99. Stephen Casto

    My dad, my sons and myself are just starting into honey bee keeping and these tips were great. We would love to be entered into this give-a-way please!

  100. fred kennett

    My dad once caught a swarm of bees in a cotton field while plowing. Bet you would like to know how he got the swarm to settle on his cultivator. Good wishes

  101. Jesse Glass

    I’m a first year beekeeper and I’m always trying to learn more that can benefit the bees, which in turn benefits all of us. I’m glad that my local Rural King carries bee keeping supplies for a reasonable price and publish articles like this to help the ?.

  102. Jonathon Gearing

    I never knew how many people were interested in honey bees until I started beekeeping last year.

  103. Desiree Roush

    My fiancé and I just got our first beehives this year and it has been so fun to learn all about the bees and how they work together to maintain the swarm, their hive, great honey and more! I can’t wait to continue learning and continue our journey of beekeeping over the years to come and to eventually pass our knowledge to our boys!

  104. Joshua Judy

    First year bee keeping and I’m obsessed. The more you learn the more addicted you get.

  105. Billie Peach

    I have been wanting to try beekeeping for awhile now. I would love to win this giveaway to get me started in my quest to “save the bees”. ❤️??❤️

  106. Clyde

    Second year as a Beekeeper. Learning more each day about bees. Enjoy reading different approaches to Beekeeping.

  107. Jack Walker

    Nice article. If you were to prioritize in order of the most impact to least impact on colony decline what would they be?

  108. Dewayne Evans

    Anything we can do to help our sweet little friends we must do, with out them we are in some big trouble.

  109. Greg Bolois

    I’m just now getting into bees and this information is incredibly helpful and will be used in all my decisions to ensure my bees have a future.

  110. Forrest Webster

    My fruit trees would never get fruit if it weren’t for bee keeping in the city. This harvesting kit would mean so much.

  111. Paul Plominski

    I love the little buggers… the more of them we have the better off we will all ‘bee’ .

  112. steve

    Thanks for the great info. I’m want to replant my farm in native plants for the bees and pollinators.

  113. Kim Roscher

    After 3 years I finally have bees that lived through the winter.
    Looking forward to honey this year.
    Kim

  114. Cheryl

    Great information! We are up to 5 hives now. We are enjoying the bees as a family and it’s a special plus that we’re and I helping the environment!

  115. Kris Bilyeu

    As a fairly new beekeeper it would be great to win an extractor. I visit RK just about every weekend starting with free popcorn and checking on plants for our pollinator garden we are adding. The Terre Haute store is always busy and has seen some nice upgrades. Best prices for sugar for feeding the bees in the fall and spring.

  116. Rob Gleason

    Over the years, I have worked on establishing great perennial gardens for all pollinators. It’s hard work but it pays off after awhile.

  117. Robert McKinniss

    I have been wanting to start up some bee hives. This would help me in getting some of the equipment that I would need in the future.

  118. William Colter

    Let me be the first to say that overall this was a pretty good article. I have been blessed to be on this great planet for 61 years and have noticed climate change throughout. Being a farmer we see it more personal as it affects our income. I have seen periods of wet and cold and dry and heat. It is sad to see that you put a science magazine in your blog that the partially funds through grants that caters to scientists that say carbon dioxide is ruining our environment. We all know from school, or should at least know, that carbon dioxide is beneficial to providing plant growth. In the last few years I have witnessed an explosion in the honey bee population. Being a good farmer we all want clean air and water and this has also been accomplished for the most over the past decades. You can look at what the air quality was like in L.A. back in the 70’s to see this.

  119. Dr. Amber Hoffstetter

    We are also interested in keeping bees. We are starting a produce farm and we plan to keep bees to help with pollination of the vegetables. To help protect the different pollinator species we will not spray chemicals on the farm especially during bloom and will plant different areas with wildflower mixtures to provide a diversity of species for pollen and nectar throughout the growing season.

  120. Jason McDowell

    This would be a great addition to the apiary that I am working to get established.

  121. Richard Walker

    Yes bees are important for our future. beside that I love honey. We need to support any and all efforts to increased our bees

  122. Nancy ward

    This is my first year for bees and I’m so scared of all the things that can go wrong! I really thought I would build a hive add some bees and voila! Honey, pollinators and those neat bee hats with no worries. Then I began to read and read and read. And I was shocked how endangered the little girls are (everybody says girls because the guys arent making that honey). So I still got my bees but with a whole lot more knowledge. I’ll do my very best to get them thru their/my first winter. Truth be told I would love to win the honey extractor for all the honey my girls will give me next year.

  123. Al

    Been wanting to raise bees for a long time,but all the expensive equipment has kept me from doing so. Need more bees for pollination.

  124. Amy Yates

    I just started beekeeping by inheriting 5 hives. Slowly buying supplies needed. Would be great to not have to buy a honey extractor. I’ve been using a friend’s.

  125. Ricky

    Awesome information. Learned a lot from this article. I am going to start planting stuff for our buzzing friends. Love honey !!!!!!!!

  126. Dave Harris

    Nothing like chewing on the wax after extracting the honey it sure beats chewing gum.

  127. Jeff Horn

    Our milkweed patch is expanding every year and the pollinators love it. Especially the butterflies!!

  128. Rod Rowell

    I just started 2 hives this past spring. I enjoy opening my hives and watching the bees work. I also enjoy talking to other bee keepers. I plan on giving away honey to friends and relatives.

  129. Jim Pefferman

    As a brand new beekeeper, I’ve purchased some supplies and hardware at Rural King.
    I love your stores. I know that I will need some of the items in this prize package down
    the road.

    I also enjoyed the informative article links.

  130. Howie Mann

    Having setup a bee colony in my yard a couple summers ago, I can say that I’ve noticed in increase in the yield from my vegetable garden. Everyone needs to realize how important bees are and the joy of the honey they make.

  131. Steve Dolin

    I am a 2nd year beekeeper and I enjoy working with the bees and watching the amazing things that they do and how they make their comb. Pollinators are very important to our environment. In saying that I have divided my garden space into sections. I once gardened 1 acre but not garden only 1/2 acre because I have planted wildflowers in sections for my bees.
    thanks for the blog.

  132. Jon skaggs

    My bees are cute little fury balls of fluff. Yellow and black striped with 4 tiny wings that heft this round ball of fur. They fly amazingly fast and land like an albatross, not hurt but in a hurry to unload and get back to the fields.

  133. Amanda Powell

    I have been interested in bee keeping and was wanting to get started next year and this would be a great start to collecting supplies for those wonderful little pollinators.

  134. Dorothy E. Morgan

    I live on a 90 acre farm, on which only hay is put up. We do not use week killer, and I am going to invest in some wild flower seeds to plant to provide food and habitat for the bees and pollinators, because this information that you provided was so informative. Thank You!

  135. Jennifer J

    We are just starting out with bees. We have two hives and have planted lots of flowers and fruit trees on our farm. We could sure use this kit.

  136. Willy Culley

    Why was the honey bee flying with his legs crossed?

    He was looking for a BP station!

    If I win this, I will learn how to spell apiary so I can bee an apiarist.

  137. Bob Newman

    Been trying to raise bees for the past few years. Got honey the first year but not much luck since….ccd and swarming, etc. But I’ll keep trying.

  138. Britton

    I have been planning to start a hive to help save the pollinators and for a bonus collect honey. Win .. Win. This equipment will certainly get me there faster.

  139. Donna

    So glad to see this article, we need all of our pollinators. I am a beekeeper and I enjoy it very much. The honey bees are little worker, I can sit and watch them for hours.
    We need to get the word out about pesticides, especially neonicotinoids. I know that I tell anyone that will listen about neonicotinoids and pesticides.
    Would be nice to win the Honey Extractor Giveaway.
    Thank you

  140. Linda G Holbrook

    What great info! We have purchased a homestead, and are working hard to get it up and going. Bees are going to be a part of it. Several of my friends have already started. Looking forward to lots of buzzing.

  141. sarah krouse

    Thank you for sharing this. So few people understand the importance of gardening for the wildlife that has been displaced. Every home owner should include pollinator plants as a part of their landscape.

  142. Scott Hargraves

    An extractor will take me to the next level. Cut, crush, and strain takes excessive time and makes the bees work harder to draw new comb.

  143. william

    there is some good info. wish that they did this on all things. Growing up as a kid I learned some of these things and this brought back a lot of it plus more.

  144. John Foster

    We do not know what we do to the bees every day it is good to read more information about and you help other’s by putting out this information think of how many bees was destroyed when the zika scare I’ve learned a lot about bees in the last 2 years and I love my honey raw is the best

  145. Frank G. Simmons

    Unfortunately, people don’t realize the importance of pollination by the bees!!! But in the same breath, all the insecticides that are being used by the farmers to control weeds and insects that prey upon the crops are having a huge impact on the pollination prosses!!! Man has to figure out a happy medium, or the food change will become non-existent!!! I’m retired and have been giving serious consideration to buy some hives and try to help this crisis!! I live out in the country, on 12.5 acres with all kinds of fruit trees and fields of clover, so I think any effort is a positive step!!!

  146. Kelley Anders

    Thanks for all the Fantastic information!!! I have Long Dreamed of having my very own Bee Hive! All the information included within has just stirred my desire even More!!

  147. Bruce

    I just set up 2 bee hives this year and am really excited about being a bee keeper. If I win it would really help me with this great adventure that is bee keeping.

  148. Joyce Glass

    We are just getting into beekeeping and learning the ropes. This kit would be a total blessing!!

  149. Dayne Rice

    I kept bees for years –they are a very interesting society. It is best to work them from the back of the hive–at least it always worked better for me.

  150. Richard

    Very informative article. Why couldn’t we use the nations interstate medians or parts of them for pollinator plants? Thousands of acres, we pay someone to mow them now and they are everywhere. Strips of sweet clover and milkweed would be great!

  151. Brent L Look

    This blog spot was great as well as informative. Hopefully CCD will continue to decline and we can get our a strong honey bee population again.

  152. Bob Prescott

    Great information.I enjoyed the read. Thank you for bringing the bee issues to everyone

  153. Danny Downs

    I hope one of these very deserving beekeepers wins this prize. I look forward to starting soon.

  154. Patrick Gillenwater

    This is my first year keeping bees, so I can’t get enough tips and information like what was posted in this blog. It’s all so fascinating! I got much of my bee starter equipment at at the jeffersonville, IN Rural King where they have a great display supporting local honey producers!!

  155. Candace Hennigan

    That’s amazing! I definitely need to look into planting some wildflower soon!

  156. Andrew

    Just started bee keeping this spring and any information is helpful….so far so good.

  157. Sam McGill

    A few years ago I began to save milkweed pods and let a sizeable portion of my yard go to milkweed and black eyed Susans. We own an orchard and farm. I would love to get into beekeeping and this equipment would get me the head start I need.

  158. Florence White

    Thank you RK for the information and blog. We just started our bees and we do keep parts of our yard untouched so that our natural plant life can grow undisturbed for our insects. Thank you for the Buzz!

  159. Daniel Hiller

    The drop in North American honey production since 1980 is alarming. Bees are faced with many man made problems as well as natural problems that have made them very expensive for the average person to be a bee keeper. When I retired from crop farming I enrolled the entire farm in the CRP pollinator habitat. We are starting an apiary this year. This extractor will be a good starting unit for us.

  160. Jerry hartman

    My wife and sons are just getting started on bee keeping. We have two hives now and too win this it would really help out. We could get more hive started.

  161. Brian Folmar

    I have a colony of bees on a farm. The farmer and I communicate extensively on which and when he uses pesticides. It’s a good situation for both of us. I get the honey and wax and he gets the pollination.

  162. Clint

    Great info. I am in the research stages, and trying to prepare my landscape a colony or two.

  163. Tad

    Thank you for the educational article and the chance to win some helpful items. Please locate your next new Rural King store in Florida at West Palm Beach, we need one.

  164. Lisa

    Thank you for the information. We raised bees when I was a kid and I’ve always wanted to get back into it. The knowledge you provided is new to me and I appreciate any opportunity to learn. Higher success comes from more facts. Thanks again!

  165. James

    As a Farming family in Minnesota, we always had bee’s on the property. I am no longer up there and want to start a small setup down here in the south. Bee’s are a integral part of the Eco system and with out them we would not have what we have.

  166. Patti keesling

    Good information. We currently have two hives and are trying to keep the bees happy.

  167. Shane Williams

    I have two hives and planted wild flowers and fruit trees. I’m trying my best to help out the little insects that help us so much. Thanks Rural King for helping to increase awareness!

  168. Scott Brown

    As a family activity our daughters of 8yrs and 16yrs started their first hive this year, It’s good to see the folks at Rural King offering bee supplies and info such as this article. It’s good for the local area, the country and the entire world.

    Thanks, Scott

  169. ScottJoJo

    Good article!

    My brother and sister-in-law raise bees in southwest Wisconsin and haven’t experienced hive losses except because of really cold winters. I’m thinking about getting into “hivin'” one of these years!

  170. Darrell Ohara

    We have been planting more flowers and trying to attract more bees to our garden. We would love to be able to start beekeeping in our area.

  171. Justin Jones

    This looks like a great setup! I have used lots of harvest lane products over the years. My first hive was a complete 10 frame kit with tools and a smoker and it has held up very well. Their products are all top quality and I expect many more years of use from them. The honey extractor would be a great addition for any beekeeper!

  172. Travis Whisnant

    I have completed my first full year of beekeeping. My daughter is 8 and she has become a beekeeper too. Thanks RK for bringing awareness.

  173. Jeff Toone

    My wife and I (and our 4 boys) have been thinking of starting a couple of bee boxes…winning this giveaway would seal the deal.

  174. Randall Miller

    It would be exciting to win. I am starting beekeeping for the first time and this would help me out a lot if I win.

  175. James Talley

    It is remarkable of how bee keeping is making a comeback. I am so enthused that our modern society is becoming more and more aware of how important bees are to the survival of the environment and life for all species on this planet.

  176. Jessica Kemp

    I’m just learning about bees, such a great article! Would love to win this for my Dad.

  177. Tiffany Stephenson

    would be a nice addition to our property; we plant flowers that attract bees and butterflies each year to help and would be nice to have this around for honey 🙂

  178. Rebecca Hart

    My husband used to be a beekeeper. But due to CCD, he hasn’t been able to keep a colony going for longer then 1-2 years. I am so glad to see you are encouraging planting flowers for the bees. But what we really need is other ways to kill pest of farm products. Our neighbor crop dust with a plane. I’m sure that is why we are losing our bees, from the over spray. I would love to get out bees going again.

  179. Betty

    Me and my husband have 16 stands of bees we get the honey out the hard way when we put it in the jar it looks good with the comb. like something a little easier to have some strine honey we go to bee meeting to learn a little more and how to take care of them we have a lot of flowers and flowering tree they are well taken care of everybody wants our honey, said it was the best they ever tasted, maybe some day we will have enough stands to take care of everybody that wants the honey, my son and son in law are learning so some day they can take over hope to win it

  180. John Mann

    First year raising bees and this is something that would be great.. I have two hives that are doing great..

  181. brandon sellers

    My wife and I are wanting to start to do what we can to help with the bee population. This would be a great start to our project.

  182. Ben Jackson

    Nice extractor collection. My parents and I have started our first hive this year! We’ll really need this stuff this fall! We don’t have any of those items.

  183. Allen Heindel

    Beekeeping has gotten much more challenging over the past 30 years or so with the invasion of varroa mites, the small hive beetle and other pests. I’ve been learning recently that what some people often think is CCD is actually just varroa mites gone crazy.

    Check your hives and keep your hive tool sharp!

  184. Jim Burris

    I started beekeeping five years ago sort of by accident when a friend asked if he could put his hive out at my place. Since then I have expanded to three hives and extract honey every year for friends and family. Not only have the bees improved the yield of my vegetable garden, they have been a fun hobby.

  185. Steve Rogers

    We are just getting into bees and have not got a lot of processing accessories yet. This kit would really help us!

    Love that Honey!

  186. roxane stewart

    I just love bees and am excited about my new venture as a beekeeper!

    It sure changes your perspective when you see these little helpers of nature around.

  187. Dwaine Lundgren

    Help save the ?. 1 hive will make a difference. Beekeeping is fun and educational for young and old.

  188. Brian Dietsch

    I’m in the second year of beekeeping and lost my first colony of package bees over the winter. I was lucky enough to capture a swarm and also purchased two nucs this spring. I now have three healthy hives and have had to add two suppers on each hive just to keep giving them more room. I can’t believe how fast these colonies are growing and producing honey. Looking forward to a good harvest this summer.

  189. Sean Hartman

    Parents just started their first hives and excited to start getting their own honey and other items from the hives.

  190. Brette

    We are a few years in to beekeeping and had all three hives make it through the winter this year! I’d recommend to anyone getting started to join their local beekeeper s association. The mentor ship we’ve received is priceless. Pollinators are something you can support whether or not you have a lot of time. Even mason bee and butterfly boxes can help.

  191. Sharon Dolin

    My husband would love one of these. he loves his bees and is always doing something to help them out….planting wildflowers and not spraying the lawn for dandelions and clover like he used to do.

  192. April P.

    Thanks for all the information and offering this great giveaway! We will be starting out first hive next year. So excited!

  193. Nadya Scott

    I live in an urban area but would love to start beekeeping. This would give me the extra incentive to continue to gather my supplies and get started. To be a bee farmer would be so great to contribute both to the health of my family to provide them with fresh honey as well as to the bee population to be able to protect them and give them a home. Thank you for the oppertunity

  194. Melinda Miller

    I haven’t yet begun my bee-keeping adventure. But, I can’t wait to sign up for the class at our location community college and all things bee related are on my wish list!

  195. Gerald J Fuller

    I was a beekeeper for about 8 years until the mites got to my hives. I was too busy with business to try to rebuild at the time, but have since considered starting again. My brother-in-law keeps bees and has offered a hive so I would have good bees that are local and much less expense than starting from scratch. The extractor kit would be a real asset. Good information in the articles, too.

  196. Berlin

    My neighbor has bees and I got to watch he collect a swarm, and install a new hive so awesome. !

  197. Jean aviles

    My dad has a few bee boxes and he gives his honey to family and friends. I think if I win I would give it to him to help him along. I enjoy the fresh honey and it has been helping with controlling seasonal allergies too. Thanks good luck to everyone.

  198. carol gamble

    so excited to be a new 1rst year bee keeper, so far so good, went to a lot of classes and learned as much as I could before getting our bees…..loving this new hobby that helps others as well

  199. Lee ann

    Thank you rural King for getting the message out. So many people today have no idea what we are doing to our environment. Thank you for helping bring back our bees. This kit would be wonderful. We also need to keep planting more fruit trees along with it. Then we can start talking chickens next.

  200. Shannon Bortner

    Cannot wait to add Bees to our organic garden. Great blog about honey bees! Will be adding Bees soon!

  201. Whitney

    We just started last year with our bees, we love it! We are introducing our kids to them as well so they learn to respect and care for them.

  202. Jeananne Webv

    My daughter and her boyfriend just started with a beehive. I’m sure they would love this. I’m also sending them your post.

  203. Andrew N Arheit

    I’ve been borrowing an extractor for the last 2 years, would love to have my own!

  204. Blake Silva

    This would be a great prize to win! I’ve been wanting to start bee boxes to get fresh honey. Something about fresh honey that tastes so good!

  205. Mona Brown

    Would love to become more knowledgeable about the bee world! Thanks for the opportunity.

  206. Mary lu Frankovic

    My son just started new hives this spring trying to preserve these wonderful and important pollinators would be wonderful to,have this equipment to help reap the harvest of delicious honey they will,produce this season.

  207. Sandi

    I’m looking to get bees in the spring! What an interesting blog; kowledge is certainly power!

  208. Andrea wight

    I havw a small give that was in our house when we moved in… We kept them and they are doing great…support local hives

  209. Julie

    My son and I took a class at the library. We plan on getting started with bees soon. This would help with harvisting.

  210. Billy Everett

    I wish more of us will become educated on CCD and how much we really rely on bees. Bees are such an important aspect to us as people.

  211. Marquita Nelson

    I have woods out back of my house so if we do any trimming we throw them out back for the birds and the rest of the critters out back we also have a flower garden and bird baths we love sitting out back and watching all nature has to offer us

  212. Christine Simonik

    Got 5 acres and lots of perennial flowers for the bees. Replaced sugar with honey years ago. Good luck to everyone!

  213. Brian Courson

    My family is wanting to get into bees and this would be great to help us get started.

  214. Brent Worls

    There aren’t enough bees in my Apiary, I need more! Would love an extractor to boot…

  215. Michelle Hughes

    Great article! I am looking into starting with honeybees this coming spring and have been checking out all of the equipment available at rural king. I can’t wait to get started!

  216. Michelle Smoot

    Informative article. Thank you for educating us new’bees’. Of course, no matter how long you’ve been raising bees, I’m sure there will still be things to learn.

  217. Joe Snyder

    I was looking into starting up beekeeping as a beneficial hobby. But stopped short due to the costs. These items would benefit anyone actively beekeeping. Thanks for the information included in the article.

  218. Nancy Dagley

    I have a friend who is just getting started in the bee keeping business. I know he does not have a honey extractor, so I would love to win this for him. Thank you Rural King!!!!

  219. Polly Dickerson

    Thank you for supporting people supporting bees and pollinators. This would be a great addition to my small apiary.

  220. Tyler Pulik

    We are doing everything you said and our hives are doing great. Thanks for the great post

  221. keith

    Have 2 friends with many colonies that I would give this to if I won.

    I hope every flower gets a great bee.

  222. Kent Rager

    This is year 1 for my brother and I with our first hives. Have four now and looking to do some late splits and increase our hives.

  223. Vera Ash

    Bees are fastinating! Newbee and I get most of my supplies and plants from Rural King. Thanks and goid luck to all

  224. Scott Thorn

    It’s my first year keeping bees. Planned on starting with two hives and currently have six. It’s pretty addictive and fascinating watching them work. A side benefit is that my oldest daughter usually comes to work them with me.

  225. Bobbie Birkefeld

    Thank you for such an informative blog! I will be sure to implement many of these ideas. We are in our first year of having honeybees.

  226. Stacie Poch

    This is my 2nd year in beekeeping. I have been borrowing a friends. This def would be a great help and would def get used. Hope I win!!

  227. Ed Fuentes

    Over wintered 2 hives last year. Lost another 1. Did some splits, caught some swarms now have 6.

  228. Jeremy Draper

    First year, started looking into it because I was curious and thought it would be a fun hobby and great to have for our garden and the neighbors Apple and peach trees. My wife suggested that I speak with my FFA advisor from high school who has ten hives, after spending the day with him going thru his hives, I was hooked and I purchased a hive from him that he had just started from a swarm that he caught. The hive had been moved into my property and I have learned something new everyday. I have attended a beginning bee keeping seminar at a local bee keeping store a couple weeks ago. Once my son gets a little older I hope to have him hooked as while and I hope to expand next year with a couple more hives. I hope to win so that I can continue to learn and teach my son a skill and a craft that he can continue.

  229. Ryan

    Always been fascinated by bees.. i have been gathering my equipment this year and almost finished my stand today.. this would complete my equipment..

  230. Dalton Westerbeck

    Great read, glad to see so many spreading the knowledge! Good luck with your hives everyone!

  231. Iulia Cujba

    2nd year beekeeper here , I love the bees … hit 2 more hives this year and made a split also . Could definitely use a honey extractor pretty soon . Look up my FB beekepimg page Jules Bzzz Elixir . Love the honeybee ? ? ? ?

  232. Jeff Bauman

    Need to do everything we can to promote and protect our pollonators. Would make a nice start to a bee keeping backyard Gardner

  233. Jessie Schmidle

    We have harvested honey without an extractor. Sure would be easier with this.

  234. Mariah Hayden

    On my second year (unfortunately also my second sets of bees) and I’m loving integrating them into my small urban farm.

  235. Dee Dee Philipson

    Thank you for all the info. This would be great for our bees. Thanks again.

  236. Jennifer

    Great article. Lots of information. First year that I have my own bees on my property.

  237. J. Abbitt

    2nd year keeper here…split from 1 hive to 5…gave 2 to a friend who lost his bees over winter. The 3 that I have are growing nicely! Hope to harvest a bit of honey this year….

  238. Dawn Brosnan

    We just caught a wild swarm in May and have been loving watching the bees come and go. Our Queen has been producing and has an excellent laying pattern. We just added another brood box for her to expand her population. Honey is just an added bonus for us but they get their share first!

  239. Colin West

    We have just recently acquired a hive on our little farm. This would be a great help. Thank you for the opportunity.

  240. chris johnson

    We have talked about getting bees but it is kind of expensive. This would help off-set some of the start up cost.

  241. joseph s kirk

    Just got my first hive started from a swarm I caught myself 3 weeks ago they already have drawn comb brood and honey in the hive body its almost full I don’t have any honey tools and this would be amazing to win lol bee keeping has become somthing very special to me and I’ve never had so much fun doing my part!

  242. Kendra and Staley

    Wow!!!!! This is amazing. I seriously love honey. Especially in my tea. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at my own honey harvesting and bee keeping.

  243. Justin Couch

    Bees are such a necessity. As a second year beek, this would be a prefect little kit!

  244. Will Merrill

    Spread the word: If you have insects on your property or in the walls of your home or other building, call a beekeeper BEFORE you spray with bug killers! Once honey bees are sprayed with poison, they are of no value to beekeepers. Niether is the honey those bees have produced. I would not feed “treated” honey to the bees extracted, to my bees, or put it in a bottle and try to sell to you.

  245. Jessi

    I am so glad RK is bring more awareness to pollination! I was blessed to catch several swarms this year! This would be a blessing to win as well!

  246. Paige

    Hello from KY! I received my first hive last year. Appreciate the tips on planting flowers for the bees. I have about an acre field beside my house that I would like to convert to a flower garden for my bees. Any tips on what to plant in KY?

    1. Sue Francis Post author

      Hi Paige,

      I’d check with your local farm extension office or your Master Gardeners for tips on what to plant in your area. Thanks!

  247. William Moran

    Winning this would save my life. I wouldn’t have to explain to the wife what I spent the savings money on.

  248. Lori

    Getting my bees next year – working on plants, trees, hive set-up and gettings things ready for them this year! So excited!!

  249. Lindsay E Sharp

    My family and I would love to help save the bees! Would be a great thing to pass onto the kids.

  250. Brenda Whetherholt

    My dad started out wIith bee keeping in 1965 in Medina Ohio. Where he bought a book by a man named Root. It was his guide to bee keeping that we still use today. When he moved to WV he continued his love for bee keeping and sold honey for spare income. Then we moved to Glenford OH in 1970
    where he started his bee keeping again. The only time we regretted it was on the 4th of July 1983. The hives got bumped with a push mower that dad was using and I was on a riding mower. The next thing I know I am being attacked by angry bees! Off to the hospital with to many stings to count. I was fine other than my body over reacting to all the stings. In 1984 my father past away and after a while we gave up the bees. I think now that we have grandchildren would be a good time to start again to teach them how important bees are to their future.

  251. Priscilla

    I would love for this to BEE ? my newest Hobby. I am Rural King Fanatic, and would be so happy to win?

  252. Michael Kay

    I love my bees. I have one hive now and I can sit and watch them fly in and out of their hive for hours. Very relaxing.

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