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We had a busy month in September. 

Our folks at Ruhl Bee in Oregon worked their tails off to move from Gladstone, OR to Wilsonville, OR. It is only about a 15-20 minute drive but a move is a move no matter how far. They then came east and then we went west for training an
At the end of September the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) released the results of the 2014-2015 Management Survey. First, if you don't know who BIP is, you should! In short, it is a group funded by grants which collects data  from beekeepers to determine colony loss and what management techniques they are using.

It is important to note that correlation does not equal causation. This is a fancy way of saying that just because people lost 37.5% fewer colonies when they used Oxalic Acid as a varroa treatment compared to those that didn't use anything at all, does not mean that Oxalic Acid is the reason for the better result. 
I could write pages on their results covering varroa treatments, drone trapping, antibiotics, small cell, etc, but I think it better if I simply give you the link to the results. I strongly encourage you spend time reviewing the wealth of information as I think it can make us all better beekeepers. Further, I would encourage you to participate in the survey next time to only improve our collective beekeeping knowledge.   Here is the link.