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Local beekeeper’s hives affected by die-off

May 2, 2013

	Local beekeeper, Ted Olson, Lime Creek, displays one of the frames from a beehive that shows good activity and health. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/norma Dittman
FULDA FREE PRESS/norma Dittman
Local beekeeper, Ted Olson, Lime Creek, displays one of the frames from a beehive that shows good activity and health.
By Norma Dittman
In business for more than 35 years, local beekeeper Ted Olson has never had as drastic a bee die-off as what he experienced this winter. There have been many discussions and much speculation among the local population who are aware of the problem about what caused the die-off.

Olson started keeping bees in 1978. “At that time, my brother and I each got 10 hives from Roman Henkels. Shortly after that, my brother moved and I took on his ten hives, also, and worked my way up to 100 hives,” Olson said as he talked about his beekeeping history. At one point, Olson had 1,300 hives.

“I can only speculate about what happened with the bees this winter. Whether it was last summer and fall’s drought, or a virus, or Nosema which is a parasite where the bees’ stomachs become infected, or genetically altered corn syrup. Some beekeepers believe that the bee die-off is the result of a pesticide (the class known as neonicotinoids) that is being used. I really can’t definitely say,” Olson stated. “What I do know is that it is a health issue that the bees are disappearing. To read the rest of this article - pick up a copy of this weeks Fulda Free Press or subscribe to our eedition at http://eedition.fuldafreepress.net


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