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Bee brokers are the agents who negotiate contracts between beekeepers and farmers. They assist in taking care of the beekeepers and growers paper work such as; contracts, maps, inspections and monetary transactions. They also help with problems of bee supply and hive strength.
Bee pollination business
Pollination is a business, and growers who need bees must calculate their cost and value into the operating budget. Even just a couple acres of a fruit or vegetable crop can require either rearing and maintaining sufficient bees on the property or paying to have bees introduced.
Almond pollination brokers
Bee pollination business includes providing services to beekeepers by locating suitable almond orchards for the particular needs of their bee business. When issuing contracts with reputable beekeepers one can be able to provide good, strong healthy beehives to almond growers for the pollination of their almond trees.
The bee and almond pollination effort is the largest in the world in terms of mobilizing bee hives that require half of the commercial beehives in the United States to make it happen.
After the bees have been placed in the orchards, they are left to get on with the job for the critical, magical three-week window of blossoming and pollination. They are then picked up and often taken to other almond farms with later flowering varieties or to canola crops, to do it all over again.
Should you rent your bees?
Whether you have a small colony of bees or a thriving operation, many people and companies would love to rent your bees for Pollination Services, and pay you handsomely in return.
Not only that, but if you live in a climate that experiences harsh winters, you may want to consider the idea of wintering your bees in a milder environment to prevent loss. Not having to worry about feeding your bees during the winter, could be great for both you and your colony.
Here’s how you can learn more about who rents bees and the pros of placing your hives in the hands of strangers.
Some beekeepers have set up a business plan around renting bees to individuals who want to try their hand at beekeeping. Usually, there is a minimum of a one-year commitment from the renter to care for the bees.
When a company needs a large number of hives, they hire a broker to do the leg work for them. They just don’t have the time, manpower, or even budget to start a colony. So rental becomes one of the best options for them. The broker negotiates fees and a pollination services contract with the beekeeper, arranges transportation, and other odds and ends, so the more prominent businesses don’t have to spend the time on finding and organizing a pollination program.
Instead of the broker, often crop growers will reach out to large and sometimes small-scale beekeepers to work out a rental agreement.
Some growers that need pollinators are: Almond Growers, Apple Orchards, Cucumber, Pumpkins.
Since their crops have a small time window during which to be pollinated, renting bees during that time is a viable solution.
Pros of renting bees
The key to a prospering pollination service is proper promotion, honest, quality service, and a written contract. Good and clear communication is the key and this agreement would detail the expectations of both parties— growers and commercial beekeepers.
Make sure that your contract includes the following important information:
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