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  1. #1
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    Default A sad day - Russell Apiaries closing

    I just noted that Russells Apiary is closing. I very much apreciated Roberts input over the years and often wished I could access some of the queens they where offering. I'm to far away to know the background but on a beekeeping level this is a sad loss.
    This is from the website:
    Sadly, after restructuring the company in order to develop the state operator program, and investing so much into that program on top of major health issues, we were forced to close and enter bankruptcy upon the exiting of many of the operators due to some false allegations made on another website. All creditors have been listed in the bankruptcy and you should receive a notice of this in the mail. We took a large risk in the hopes that we could benefit the industry in great ways by creating a future of specifically localized acclimated genetics, and with the fall of that program and failing health, we have lost too much to be able to survive the damages.

    There are still several excellent producers with our stocks, and we will continue to refer incoming requests to them. With the closing of the company, all production, retail, and wholesale activities were halted. This website will instead be used as an educational tool for Robert Russell to personally reach the many supporters that seek his advice. These writings will of course include a multitude of beekeeping and gardening topics, such as management techniques, selection methods, equipment construction, pest and disease control, and evolutionary theory, as well as an interesting and very personal look at the connections between our diets and the fight against cancer.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: A sad day - Russell Apiaries closing

    What false allegations are being referred too? I thought the thread was pretty solid on being getting ripped off.

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    Default Re: A sad day - Russell Apiaries closing

    With all due respect Max, did you just crawl out from under a rock?
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    Default Re: A sad day - Russell Apiaries closing

    LOL xcugat, that made my day. He is across the ocean aways though.

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    Default Re: A sad day - Russell Apiaries closing

    If you do bad business, you won't be in business very long. I wanted some of his queens too but after a quick search about his queens Russel's business practices became pretty apparent after reading tens upon tens of people complaining about no correspondence about their orders, didn't receive an order, can't get their money back, etc. If a few people don't like your business, whatever, but when there's a chorus of people that are complaining about your business practices something is definitely wrong. I wish him/his own the best regarding the health issues.
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    Default Re: A sad day - Russell Apiaries closing

    Russell Apiaries is a fine example of:

    Take care of business, or business will take care of you.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: A sad day - Russell Apiaries closing

    The alligations are not false.. I was one of the people who burned bridges and backed the liar. I lost all my bees waiting on his. I even lost 2 more queens because I waited to long with the constant promises I was getting my queens to just wait which never came . So in desperation to save my failing hives I bught 2 queens late in the season,I lost those queens too. I then get promised 2 nucs for all my problems.. They are not coming it was aranged with the Missouri RA and after having my calls ignored I called off another number got through and got told I was not getting them until he got paid. You do not file bankrupsty on a few unsent orders.

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