Phillip Raines of Raines Honey Farm says he’s lost thirty percent of his bees this year. It’s putting a dent in his pocket. His honey sales are down fifty percent from last year.
Raines says “I’ve got to figure out a way between now and next spring to fix those bees in order to get them built up, so that I can recover that I lost.”
It’s gotten so bad that Raines can’t supply bees to his customers.
Raines says “I got called by nine different apple orchards all wanting bees for pollination, and I was only able to take care of one.”
Raines says congress is ignoring the problem, but he hopes they can find a way to keep these bees buzzing before it’s too late.
Raines says “take two-thirds of the produce in that grocery, and that’s what you’re gonna be left with if we lose these honey bees.”