Oregon bees fight off colony collapse disorder

Oregon bees fight off colony collapse disorder

In Oregon, 56,000 commercial bee colonies pollinate cherries, blueberries and other crops.

"It's huge, it's everything," says fourth-generation cherry grower Brenda Thomas, president of Orchard View Farms in The Dalles. "We count on the bees." 
Beekeepers benefit as well. A 2009 Bee Pollination Economics Survey estimated Northwest beekeepers may gross $90 million  in hive rental income annually. The U.S. Department of Agriculture survey estimated the average fee at $89 per hive, with many crops requiring two per acre.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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