The costs for almond growers have gone up for sure, but the picture painted, try's to make it as if it's the high cost of bees that's making it hard for the high profits that they have enjoyed, to continue.
Water, fuel and fertilizer are the big costs. I live in the heart of Phosphate mining production(i.e. fertilizer base) for Florida. The largest mining company,Mosaic, an off branch and former named Cargil mining,of the Cargil foods family, posted a record profit last quarter, I don't know many beekeepers posting those records.
And I haven't heard or seen anyone from Exxon Mobil or Mosaic saying they may not sell as much fertilizer or sell as much fuel and we may have to take less money this year because the poor almond growers are not making as much profit.
I've heard it from a half dozen guys ,whom had bees in Kali this year that prices for bees may not be good ,the almond growers are having a hard time, I hope a few guys will look outside the box when setting prices .
Where there are fruits and nuts there are beekeepers!!!