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  1. #1
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    Default Almond Pollination Broker

    Does anyone know a broker that will handle smaller quantities (20-200 hives)? I plan on expanding this year and would like to find somebody new for next year. I live in the valley so I don't need any extra services just a place to put them.

  2. #2
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    Salem, Oregon
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    Default Re: Almond Pollination Broker

    I hope you don't mind the question; but why do you want to pay a broker?
    Seems like if you are surrounded by potential customers a broker would be an unnecissary expense.
    If I were you I would just go visit your neighboring growers and strike up a friendly conversation and tell them what you want to do.
    If they don't need your bees, I'll bet they know someone that might.
    I have exactly ONE hive more than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond question.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Almond Pollination Broker

    It is easier and it really doesn't cost much. The broker I have been talking to charged $3 a hive. I have a full time job (other then beekeeping) and can't really go looking for a grower who may or may not live by the orchard. I don't really want to post an ad on criagslist.

    I called the broker in November and they told me that they shouldn't have any problem finding something for me. I called last week and they had forgotten about me. I know I'm small but it's still $3000-$4000.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Almond Pollination Broker

    Thanks for the offer. I was able to find another broker that will place my hives a little closer to home. Costs 11% but they were able to get a higher price for me at $145.

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