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California Drought Stings Honeybees, Beekeepers

California Drought Stings Honeybees, Beekeepers

AP (Aug. 21, 2014) — California's record drought is hurting honey supplies and raising prices for consumers. The lack of rainfall means fewer crops and wildflowers that provide the nectar bees need to make honey. (Aug. 21) Video provided by AP
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California's Intensifying Drought Means Paying Up for Avocados

California's Intensifying Drought Means Paying Up for Avocados

TheStreet (May 16, 2014) — California produces over 250 different crops. It is the sole producer of 12 commodities including almonds, artichokes, dates, figs, olives and walnuts, according to the state's Department of Water Resources. The department found that after a near-record dry winter, the statewide snowpack's water content was only 18% of average for May 1. As the snowpack normally provides about a third of water for California's farms and cities, the department says half-full reservoirs will not be significantly replenished by a melting snowpack this spring and summer. That does not bode well for the state's agriculture. Video provided by TheStreet
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Gene Therapy May Treat Rare Form of Blindness

Gene Therapy May Treat Rare Form of Blindness

AP (Jan. 16, 2014) — British doctors say a small, preliminary study using gene therapy to treat a rare form of blindness is promising and could trigger similar efforts for other causes of vision loss. (Jan. 16)
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Drought Conditions Affecting Wisconsin Crops

Drought Conditions Affecting Wisconsin Crops

Reuters (Sep. 5, 2013) — A double punch of heavy rains followed by drought across parts of Wisconsin means a tough year for the state's farmers and crops. Mana Rabiee reports.
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