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2017 American Honey Queen to visit Kentucky

Maia Jaycox, the 2017 American Honey Queen, will visit Louisville, Kentucky August 17-23. She will make appearances at the Kentucky State Fair during her stay, speaking to fairgoers about importance of honey bees to the public’s daily lives and how the diverse flightpath of honey bees extends from food to fiber. Maia will make appearances throughout the fairgrounds and will be present at the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association exhibit.

USDA Resumes Honey Bee Diagnostic Services

Kentucky Honey

A joint collaboration between the Bee Informed Partnership, the USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory and USDA-APHIS has been established in the short term to primarily provide for the diagnostics of honey bee brood for American foulbrood (and other brood) disease. We will also offer other pest and disease diagnostics for a nominal fee. Please see below for additional details including cost and shipping. As before, diagnostic reports will be transmitted to the individual submitting the samples and to the appropriate apiary inspectors.

Thank you for your patience and we are very happy to provide this service while we await full staffing of the USDA-ARS Disease Diagnostic Service. For more information click here.

Standard Operating Procedures for Reporting a Pesticide Kill to Division of Environmental Services

    If you suspect a hive has been impacted by pesticide applications, please adhere to the following standard operating procedures that KY Dept. of AGR maintains when collecting samples:

  • First, after beginning a routine inspection, if you suspect that a hive has been impacted by chemicals, go no further and put the hive back together. Leave the area alone and immediately contact KY Dept. of AGR inspectors to arrange a meeting at the following numbers: 1.502.573.0282 or 1.866.289.0001.
  • Do not take samples. The KY Dept. of AGR inspectors cannot accept samples of bees collected prior to their investigation.
  • The investigator will take a statement from the beekeeper about the possible hive-contamination event. It would assist in the process if the beekeeper has supporting evidence such as photographs of the impacted hive before the chemical spray, video footage, pictures of actual spraying, etc. These items are not mandatory, but highly recommended.
  • As part of preparing a statement, the beekeeper should have the contact information of their neighbors and suspected sources of contamination, the types of plants in bloom in neighboring fields, where potential water sources may be, date of alleged chemical sprays, as well as any information that can help the inspector assess the situation. Being able to brief the KY Dept. of AGR inspector with this information expedites the process of recording a statement.
  • Since inspectors may not be beekeepers, beekeepers should have an extra jacket, a smoker, and be willing to collect samples if the inspectors are either allergic or apprehensive about working a beehive.

KSBA Officers

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KSBA Officers for 2017

Steve Meyer - President
270 783 0059
Bobby Bush - Vice President
270 776 3091
Nikki Moore - Secretary
270 792 4495
Harris Overholt - Treasurer
270 622 5286
Cliff Oliver - Sergeant at Arms
270 935 8453

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Hive and Apiary Inspections

The State Apiarist's Office provides free hive and apiary inspections for Kentucky beekeepers. The State Apiarist will inspect apiaries and hives for the presence of honeybee diseases and pests. Specimens for laboratory examination will be collected if needed. After the inspection the beekeeper will be provided a written report listing any diseases, pests or other problems found and a listing of remedies for correcting these problems. (See The Importance of Late Summer/Early Fall Inspections).

General Policy for Apiary and Hive Inspections:

  • Beekeeper must be present during requested inspections.
  • Beekeeper will open hives and remove frames for inspections.
  • Attempt will be made to conduct inspections as soon as possible after request but inspection dates and times subject to State Apiarist's schedule.

To schedule an apiary and hive inspection, or for more information about this service contact our office.

Grant opportunities

Start here to find grants that will help you get your beekeeping operation off the ground or take it to the next level.

Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund investment area guidelines

Kentucky Proud programs


Bee-friendly wildflowers

Here's a sample plan to show you how affordable it is to raise a bee-friendly wildflower garden.

From Shannon Trimboli, the KSBA Webmaster:

Our KSBA webpage webmaster suggests that an officer of each local beekeeping association check their clubs local listing. If the listing is correct, it should be correct on the Kentucky local association map. These links may also be reached by going to

If the local association listing needs to be updated, please send an email to Shannon Trimboli, the webmaster at, with the updated information. All requests MUST come from a local association officer.  If your association is not listed, please send Shannon the needed information, and she will create a listing for your group.  Shannon suggests you look at other association listings to see what in-formation is needed.

Kentucky Beekeeping Association Listing and Contacts

Since inclement weather has not been a factor, the 2017 beekeeper schools have been well-attended, and we show no signs of slowing down in March. There are three events this weekend (March 04) as well as three scheduled on March 18, in addition to the Bluegrass Beekeepers School on March 11. These schools are modestly priced compared to other states, and quite often include lunch. They are a real deal!

Spring Reminders:

  • If you haven’t rotated your hives by now, you may be too late. Based on our apiary, the honey bees have moved down into their lower brood chambers. Disregard any of my advice about rotation if the honey bees have moved into the bottom.
  • Impressed by full frames of brood we saw last Friday, Doug and I will be adding supers to discourage swarming this week. Honey bees like to move up and out as the temperatures warm, so if you want to discourage that swarming instinct, you should provide room to the side and on top of the brood area.
  • It’s a fine line between maintaining food stores on top of the brood and allowing the brood (inadvertently) to become honey-bound, but that is why you need to do regular inspections. It is also quite possible for honey bees to run out of nutrition, so maintain the checkups as long as the temperatures allow. Maintain nutrition as necessary.
  • We also saw small hive beetles in last Friday’s maintenance checks, so we will be 1. putting our traps in around the cluster and Swiffer sheets in the top supers, 2. scratching the soil underneath the hives to expose the small hive beetle larvae to the sunlight, and 3. spreading table salt. See also, University of Arkansas information:
  • This is the last chance you have to cull old beeswax and equipment from your apiary before the season kicks into high gear. Culling beeswax older than five years is a good hygienic thing to do, and you’ll be impressed with how quickly the honey bees like to draw out new foundation.
  • Also, remember to sterilize your hive tools in your smoker before working your hives. These simple steps can go a long way to preventing the spread of disease such as chalkbrood, sacbrood, European and American foulbrood.
  • It is also not too early to sample your bees and see what the overwintered varroa mite loads are. Again, with our warmer temperatures in January and February, I suspect that the queen bees have not really quit laying, so there hasn’t been a sufficient “brood break” in many of the hives.

Please take time to read and/or view the materials at the Honey Bee Health Coalition, The Varroa Mite Guide and videos discuss the various treatment options as well as how to sample your bees. These materials are also available on the KY State Beekeepers Association website and the link is on the KY Dept. of AGR website too (link provided in my signature). Bee clubs are welcome to enhance your meetings with the videos without fear of screening fees or punitive actions, so consider showing some of these.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone in the next three weeks at some of our schools! Enjoy the March Beeline and take care of your honey bees!

Kentucky's beekeeping associations are a great source of beekeeping information and assistance for Kentucky beekeepers. Beekeeping associations hold regularly scheduled meetings and other activities. Contact the individual beekeeping associations for more information (see individual listings below). Please check this page often for more information as we will update regularly.

Statewide Beekeeping Association Kentucky State Beekeeping Association (KSBA)
KSBA is a statewide organization dedicated to the promotion of honeybees and beekeeping and to providing a forum for training in the art of beekeeping and the production of honey. The association publishes a bimonthly newsletter, and holds three beekeeping conferences each year.

Local Beekeeping Association list

Listing alphabetical by county in which most meetings are held.

Allen County Beekeepers Association, Scottsville , KY

Meets: second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM
Allen County Extension Office
200 East Main St.
Scottsville, KY
Contact #1: Michele Boling, president: (270) 792-9015,
Contact #2: Harris Overholt, Treasurer, Phone: (270) 622-5286
Web site:

Audubon Beekeepers Association, Spottsville, KY

Meets: second Monday of the month at 7:00PM
Henderson County Extension's Expo and Education Center
3341 Zion Road
Henderson, KY
Contact #1: Larry Stone, (270) 249-9431,
Web site:

Barren County Beekeepers Association

Meets: Barren County Beekeepers Association meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at the Barren County Extension Office.
Contact #1: John Benham, 270-404-0648,

Beekepers in Bourbon County, Paris, KY

Meets: County Extension agent periodically conducts meetings for beekeepers
Bourbon County Extension Office
603 Millersburg Road
Paris, KY
Contact #1: Ray Tackett, Bourbon County Extension Agent, 284 Second Street Paris, KY 40361, 859-987-1895,

Big South Fork Beekeepers Association, Whitley City, KY

Meets: the second Friday of the month at 7:00 pm
McCreary County Extension Office
250 College Street
Whitley City, KY
Contact #1: James Foster, President, 606-376-5428,
Contact #2: Greg Whitis, McCreary County Agriculture Extension Agent, 606-376-2524,

Blue Grass Beekeepers Association, Lexington, KY

Meets: second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM (except Jan & Aug)
Fayette County Extension Office
1140 Red Mile Place
Lexington, KY
Contact #1: James E. Davis, Secretary, (502) 857-2272,
Contact #2: President Ruth Jeffers,
Web site:

Buffalo Trace Beekeepers Association, Maysville, KY

Meets: second Thursday of every month at 7:00PM
Mason County Extension
800 U.S. 62 Business
Maysville, KY
Contact #1: Bradley Dotson, President, 606-584- 4645,
Contact #2: Bill Steward 606-584-8900

Capital City Beekeepers Association, Frankfort, KY

Meets: fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM
Franklin County Cooperative Extension Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service Bldg.
101 Lakeview Ct
Frankfort, KY
Contact #1: Ken Daniels, President, (502) 682-3144
Contact #2: George Fowler, Past-President, (502) 472-4640,

Cave Run Beekeepers Association, Frenchburg, KY

Meets: first Thursday of the month at 6:30pm (except Jan)
Menifee County Extension Office
140 Main Street
Frenchburg, KY
Contact #1: Jim Coss, president, (606) 784-3108,

Clinton County Beekeepers Association, Albany, KY

Meets: second Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM
Clinton County Extension Office
2601 N Highway 127
Albany, KY
Contact #1: Val Lulaks, 606-387-4258,

Dark Honey Producers, McKee, KY

Meets: Conducts spring and fall meetings
Jackson County Extension Office
1408 Main Street South
McKee, KY
Contact #1: Philip Curd,
606 438 4042 cell • 606 965 3315 home
Contact #2: Jeff Henderson,

Floyd County Beekeepers Association, Prestonsburg , KY

Meets: first Tuesday of even months , Feb, April,June, Aug, Oct, Dec at 6:00pm
At the Floyd County Extension office
921 South Lake Drive
Prestonsburg, KY
Contact #1: Steve Buckley, president, 606-226-0481,

Grayson County Beekeepers Association, Leitchfield, KY

Meets: LAST Thursday of the month, except November and December. Meeting times are at 7:00pm in the Summer and 6:30pm in the Winter
Grayson County Extension Office
123 Commerce Drive
Leitchfield, KY
Contact #1: Joe Taylor, President, 270-879-8654, PO Box 234, Leitchfield, KY 42755

Green River Beekeeping Association, Campbellsville, KY

Meets: third Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM
Taylor County Extension Office
1143 South Columbia Avenue
Campbellsville, KY
Contact #1: Dave Davis,
Contact #2: Ted Caldwell, secretary /treasurer.

Green Valley Beekeeping Association, Owensboro, KY

Meets: first Monday of the month at 7:00 PM
Owensboro Science and History Museum
122 East 2nd Street
Owensboro, KY
Contact #1: Jim Huff, (270) 276-3688,

Hardin County Beekeepers Association

Meets: 3rd Thursday at 6pm (winter) or 7pm (summer) (except Nov & Dec)
residence of Howard Halterman
3633 Nolin Road
Sonora, KY
Contact #1: John Farris, president, (270) 505-3351,

Harlan County Beekeepers Association, Harlan , KY

Meets: first Tuesday at 6:00PM
Harlan County Extension Office
519 South Main Street
Harlan, KY
Contact #1: Jeremy Williams, Harlan County Agriculture Extension Agent, (606) 573-4464,

Kentuckiana Beekeepers Association, Louisville, KY

Meets: first Friday of the month, calendar at
Bon Air Regional Library
2816 Del Rio Place
Louisville, KY
Contact #1:
Contact #2: Amber Dale Cann, president,
Web site:

Kentucky Backyard Beekeepers Association, Williamstown, KY

Meets: second Monday of the month
Grant County Extension Office
105 Baton Rouge Road
Williamstown, KY
Contact #1: Irvin VanWinkle, 513.233.1404

Lake Barkley Beekeepers Association, Paducah, KY

Meets: first Monday of the month at 6:30PM
Graves County Extension Office
251 Housman Street
Mayfield, KY
Contact #1: Kent Williams, President, 270-382-2348,

Lake Cumberland Beekeepers Association, Somerset, KY

Meets: third Monday of the month at 7:00 PM
Pulaski County Extension Office
29 Parkway Drive
Somerset KY

Ginger Renaker, President
77 Faubush Road
Nancy KY 42544
Phone: (H) 606-871-7743
(Cell) 606-416-0041

Michael Wooton, Vice-President
322 Grider Anderson Road
Science Hill, KY 42553
Phone: (H) 606-423-4048
(Cell) 606-271-8609

Dan Crockett, Treasurer
2656 Slate Branch Road
Somerset, KY 42503
Phone: (H) 606-678-8338
(Cell) 606-224-9433

Tony Saylor, Secretary
152 Scarlett Oak Drive
Somerset, KY 42503
Phone: (H) 606-679-1576
(Cell) 606-875-1020

Licking River Beekeepers Association Owingsville, KY

Meets: Second Monday of the month at 6:30 PM
Bath County Extension office
24 West Main Street
Owingsville, KY
Contact #1: Bruce Barnes, President,
Contact #2: Like us on Facebook or find us at our blog
Web site:

Lincoln County Beekeepers INC., Stanford, KY

Meets: second Monday of the month
Lincoln County extension office
104 Metker Trail
Stanford, KY
Contact #1: Katherine White, 606-355-7846,

Lincoln Trails Beekeepers Association, Springfield, KY

Meets: first Monday of the month at 6:30PM
Washington County Extension Office
211 Progress Ave
Springfield, KY
Contact #1: Bill Carrico, 859-336-3759,

Little Sandy Beekeepers Association, Grayson, KY

Meets: first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM
Carter County Extension Education Building
94 Fairground Drive
Grayson, Ky
Contact #1: John Blasius, President, contact 606-286-5893
Contact #2: Mail contact information: Little Sandy Bee Keepers 88 Upper Smokey rd. Olive hill, KY 41164
Web site:

Madison County Beekeepers Association

Meets: fourth Monday of the month at 6:00PM
Madison County Extension office
230 Duncannon Lane
Richmond, KY
Contact #1: Randy Rosbrook, 859.376.0332,
Contact #2:
Web site:

Magoffin County Beekeepers Association, Salyersville, KY

Meets: fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 PM
Magoffin County Extension Office
15 Rockhouse Fork Rd
Salyersville, KY
Contact #1: Courtney Jenkins, 606-349-3216,

Mammoth Cave Beekeepers Association, Brownsville, KY

Meets: first Tuesday evening of each month beginning at 6:30 PM
Edmonson County Public Library
280 Ferguson Street
Brownsville, KY
Contact #1: Barry Cowles, president, 270-799-5106 ,

Martin County Beekeepers Association, Inez, KY

Meets: second Monday of each month at 5:30 pm
Martin County Extension Service Farmers' Market Shed
Middlefork Road
Inez, KY
Contact #1: Roger Mollette, Martin County Extension Service, (606) 298-7742,

Meade County Beekeepers Association, Brandenburg, KY

Meets: third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM (subject to change)
Meade County Extension Office
1041 Old Ekron Road
Brandenburg, KY
Contact #1: Shird Robinson, president, 270-828-2549,

Meetings for Beekepers in Lewis County, Vanceburg, KY

Meets: County Extension agent periodically conducts meetings
Lewis County Extension Office
284 Second Street
Vanceburg, KY
Contact #1: Philip Konopka, Lewis County Agriculture Extension Agent, (606) 796-2732,

Meetings for Beekepers in Mercer County, KY

Contact #1: Jessica Bessin, (859) 734-4378,

Mountain Beekeepers - Morgan County

Meets: 1st of Monday of each month, 6:00 pm
at the Morgan County Extension Service Conference Room
1002 Prestonsburg Street
West Liberty, KY
Contact #1: Carl Alfrey, President, 606.369.7790. Home: 606.725.5888. Contact #2: Will Noble, Secretary 835 Buskirk Road Grassy Creek, Ky 41352 606-359-0317

Mountain Beekeepers Association, Whitesburg, KY

Meets: second Tuesday of the month
Letcher County Extension Office
478 Extension Dr
Whitesburg, KY
Contact #1: Allen Meyers, 606-633-7044,

Nelson County Beekeepers Association, Bardstown, KY

Meets: Third Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM.
Nelson County Extension Office
317 S. Third St
Bardstown, KY
Contact #1: Doug Brink, 502-724-6570,

Northeast Kentucky Beekeepers , Ashland, KY

Meets: second Tuesday of the month, at 6:00PM
Boyd County Extension Office
2420 Center Street
Catlettsburg, KY
Contact #1: Lori Bowling, Boyd County Extension Agent, (606) 739-5184,

Northern Kentucky Beekeepers Association, Alexandria, KY

Meets: first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM (meeting site is alternated)
Campbell County Extension Office
3500 Alexandria Pike
Highland Heights, KY
Contact #1: Tom Spille, President, (859) 393-6323,

Northern Kentucky Beekeepers Association

Meets: first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM (meeting site is alternated)
Boone County Extension Office
6028 Camp Ernst Road
Burlington, KY
Contact #1: Tom Spille, President, (859) 393-6323,

Ohio County Beekeepers Association

Meets: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM
Ohio County Extension Office
1337 Clay Street
Hartford, KY 42347
Contact #1: Chris Renfrow, President, (270)-556-0853,

Oldham County Beekeepers Association, Buckner, KY

Meets: second Friday of the month (except for scheduled field days) at 7:30 PM
Oldham County Extension Office
1815 North Highway 393
LaGrange , KY
Contact #1: Terry L. McDonald, President (502) 314-8052,

Paradise Beekeepers Association, Central City, KY

Meets: third Monday at 6:00 PM
Muhlenberg County Extension office
3690 State Route 1380
Central City, KY
Contact #1: Shirley Stirsman, president, 270-525-6153,

Pennyrile Beekeepers Association, Hopkinsville, KY

Meets: second Monday of the month at 6:30 PM
Christian County Cooperative Extension Education Center
2850 Pembroke Road
Hopkinsville, KY
Contact #1: Steve Buchweitz, 630-650-2576,
Contact #2: Tony Prettyman, 270-348-3675

Pike County Beekeepers Association, Pikeville, KY

Pike County Extension Office
148 Trivette Dr
Pikeville, KY
Contact #1: Neil Hunt, president, 606- 437-0472,

Powell County Beekeepers Association, Stanton, KY

Meets: first Thursday of the month (but not every month, so contact Mike Reed for meeting dates) at 6:30PM
Powell County Extension Office
169 Maple Street
Stanton, KY
Contact #1: Pam Dooley, (606) 663-6404,

Russell County Bee Club, Russell Springs. KY

Meets: first Monday of the month, at 6:00PM Central Time (usually)
Russell County Extension Office
2688 S. Hwy 127
Russell Springs, KY
Contact #1: Wanda Miick, Russell County Cooperative Extension Program, (270) 866-4477,

Shelby County Beekeepers Association, Shelbyville, KY

Meets: fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00PM
Shelby County Extension office
1117 Frankfort Rd
Shelbyville, KY
Contact #1: Doug Steck, 502.738.5397,
Contact #2: Extension Office Horticulture Tech ,
Web site: Click on the honeybee or calendar of events

Southeast Beekeepers Association, London, KY

Meets: third Thursday of each month (Mar - Oct) at 6:00 PM
Laurel County Extension Office
200 County Extension Road
London, KY
Contact #1: Bonnie Sigmon, Laurel County Horticulture Agent, 606-864-4167,
Web site:

Three Rivers Beekeepers Association, Carrollton, KY

Meets: For meeting dates and time, contact the association president
Carroll County Extension office
500 Floyd Dr
Carrollton, KY
Contact #1: Donna Marshall, President, (502) 347-5640,

Warren County Beekeepers Association, Bowling Green, KY

Meets: fourth Tuesday of the month
Warren County Extension Office
3132 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, KY
Contact #1: Matthew Doucette, President 270.779.0071,

Western Kentucky Beekeepers, Eddyville, KY

Meets: third Tuesday of the month at 6:00PM
Lyon County Extension office
231 West Main Street
Eddyville, KY
Contact #1: David or Beth Duncan, 270-388-9223 (home) or 270-601-0048 (cell),

Whitley County Beekeepers, Corbin, KY

Meets: second Thursday of each month, (Mar-Oct), at 7:00 PM
Whitley County Extension Office
4275 U.S. 25W
Williamsburg, KY
Contact #1: Carl Jackson, 606.521.1922,

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List of Major Beekeeper Suppliers*

This is a listing of beekeeping equipment suppliers that Kentucky beekeepers often do business with*. If you know of a beekeeing supply company that you think should be added to this list, please contact the State Apiarist with the name and contact information for the company. Kentucky locations in italics!
Beekeeper Suppliers
From the Kentucky State University Honey bee Lab
The Kentucky Master Beekeeping Program

Developed and directed by Thomas C. Webster, Kentucky State University
The Master Beekeeping program is designed toward two objectives: to help experienced beekeepers become more successful, and to serve Kentucky beekeeping.

This is a listing of beekeeping equipment suppliers that Kentucky beekeepers often do business with*. If you know of a beekeeing supply company that you think should be added to this list, please contact the State Apiarist with the name and contact information for the company. Kentucky locations in italics!
Betterbee, Inc.
8 Meader Road
Greenwich, NY 12834
Phone: 1-800-632-3379 (toll free)
Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
610 Bethany Church Rd.
Moravian Falls, NC 28654
Phone: 1-800-233-7929 (toll free)
Clearbranch Bee Supply
9390 Old Ky. 15
Pine Ridge, Ky. 41360
Owner: Michael Tyra
Phone: 606-663-4129)
Website: We make wooden ware in 8 and 10 frame sizes including shallow, medium., and deep frames, we also supply foundation. Will ship any where in the U.S.A.
Dadant & Sons, Inc. - Frankfort, KY Branch
Branch Manager: Clay Guthrie
955 Chenault Road, Building D
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 1-888-922-3268 (toll free)
Jack and James Apiaries
1678 Sycamore Drive
Union, Kentucky 41091
(859) 620-3174
Web Site:
Mann Lake Supply
501 s. 1st Street
Hackensack, MN 56452
Phone: 1-800-233-6663 (toll free)
Miller Bee Supply Inc.
496 Yellow Banks Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
Phone: 888-848-5184 (toll free)
Simpson's Bee Supply
15642 Tiger Valley RD
Danville, Ohio  43014
Phone: (740) 599-7914 or (740) 393-2111
The Honey & Bee Connection
80 Emory Branch Rd.
Morehead, KY40351
Owners Jim & Greg Coss
Phone: 606-784-3108
Cell: 606- 207-7785
Web Site:
Rossman Apiaries Inc.
GA Hwy 33 North   P. O. Box 909
Moultrie, Georgia 31776-0909
Phone: 1-800-333-7677 (toll free)
Walter T. Kelley Co., Inc.
807 West Main Street
Clarkson, KY 42726-0240
Phone: 1-800- 233-2899 (toll free)
*(The Kentucky Department of Agriculture does not endorse or guarantee any product or producer listed on this site.  External links are provided as a service to consumers seeking information about beekeeping equipment.  Efforts are made to promote news and consumer choices about beekeeping equipment, but the Kentucky Department of Agriculture makes no representation or guarantee as to the company or products.)

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