Nordhaus, Hannah
March 2007
High Country News;3/19/2007, Vol. 39 Issue 5, p8
The article focuses on the risks faced by John Miller, a migratory beekeepers in California. Miller's pollination services of apian pedigree dates back to 1984 from his grandfather. Miller provides services for almond orchard in Modesto where he moves bee hives every winter just before the bloom. He encountered problems in protecting his bees with miniature, blood-red arachnid called varroa mite which burrows into unborn brood and adults alike, feeding as a tick does on the bee's body fluids. This mite has challenged several beekeepers to stay on business aside from labor problems, pasture, honey prices and pollination prices.


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