171 - Brittany Goodrich - How pollinator markets work

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Renting a honey bee colony for pollination seems simple enough, but frequently colonies are contracted months before pollination and a lot can go wrong from the time a contract is inked to when bees are delivered. In this episode we take a deep dive into the fascinating world of beekeepers, growers and pollination brokers.

Brittney Goodrich is an Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. She grew up in a rural farming community in Iowa where uncertainty in agricultural production and marketing influenced family and friends on a daily basis. Consequently, she has always been intrigued by the choices farmers make to address uncertainty in their operations, and is particularly interested in researching how individuals within the agricultural supply chain use contracts to manage risk and align incentives. Her current research explores how threats to honey bee colony health impact pollination services markets for California’s fruit and nut crops.

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Book recommendation:

May, M., 2019. The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees. Harlequin.

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