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The buzz of a strong bee colony is vital to California's multi-billion almond industry. Without bees there are no almonds.
Bees also pollinate a variety of other commodities that consumers eat. It is therefore important for growers and those employed by them to ensure that honeybee health is promoted throughout the industry.
Paramount Farms in California is working to ensure that the bees they use for their almond pollination return to beekeepers healthier than when they arrived to pollinate the company's 46,000 acres of almonds in Central California.
Radicchio, a vegetable with a unique burgundy color, is quickly gaining in popularity with consumers. Peer at these Western Farm Press photos taken this summer during the radicchio harvest the Royal Rose LLC farm in Salinas, Calif.
The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) in California has a new enemy. Researchers from the University of California, Riverside have imported an invasive pest from Pakistan that preys solely on the ACP. A parasitic wasp called Tamarixia radiate has been released in southern California to help slow the spread of the ACP. A second kind of parasitic wasp may soon be released, pending U.S. Department of Agricutlure approval.