.Does that sound like a smoke and mirrors made up story?
I don't doubt the reality of CCD, but life goes on somehow. And changes occur whether we like them or not. Somehow you saw the investment of $85,000.00 into a somewhat unsure future worth the risk. I'm sure you could have used that capital for something else if you didn't have to replace bees. I wish you and all of us a better future.
"Beekeeping. It's a journey, not a destination." Mark Berninghausen