My wife and I are getting back into bee keeping after about 20 years of being out of it. When we stopped, the mite problem was just coming to our we are new to many of the problems now affecting bees. We are taking over an operation that was once up to 150 hives about 10 years ago but has diminished over the years and is now down to one hive! Atlantic Canada has been particularly hard hit with the CCD which is believed to be from all the pesticides used on potatoes. We are planning to take a completly different tact than our predecessors and go as organic and natural as we can and put the few hives we will be getting onto some organic fields here as far from potatoe fields as we can.