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The desire for a sustainable yield of bees in the Northwest is not universal. Canadian alfalfa seed growers donít want it; they get a large portion of their income from selling bees. The growers who use the largest bee populations realize that these populations are not sustainable, but apparently are resigned to this. As one grower puts it, bees are like fertilizer, an expense that you budget for each year. A few growers, particularly in isolated areas, are able to provide their own bees without buying from Canada, because they use relatively low numbers of bees, and/or supplement bees from their fields with bees trapped in nearby wild areas. They have achieved local sustainability, but note that they still may have to supplement the bee populations in their seed fields. Rather than buying from Canada, they put in their own time and equipment to find the excess bees.