The constant buzzing of bees, rushing from one almond flower to the next, is quiet now after this spring’s almond pollination season in California’s San Joaquin Valley (SJV). The trucks rolled out, loaded with more than a million bee hives, destined for home on the Great Plains or other pollination jobs in California citrus orchards. When the almond petals drop, the bees run out of primary seasonal employment and run low on food as forage is sparse in the SJV. It would have ...

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