Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy Rowdy Freeman checks on commercial apiaries in an almond orchard near Oroville. Freeman says law-enforcement agencies around the state have received reports of bee-colony thefts, suggesting potentially tight supplies of bees for pollination.
Photo/Christine Souza
As almond trees begin to bloom, more than 2 million bee colonies will be needed for pollination.
Photo/Christine Souza
As almond trees begin to bloom, more than 2 million bee colonies will be needed for pollination.
Photo/Christine Souza
Thefts continue to trouble beekeepers
For some commercial beekeepers, California's almond bloom ended before it officially started. Read more...

In SJ Valley, high-speed rail concerns linger
As Mark Twain might have said, reports of the death of the California high-speed rail project have been greatly exaggerated--and in the San Joaquin Valley, farmers continue to face the impacts of the line's construction. Read more...

Commentary: Sites Reservoir offers innovative water solutions
Managing our state's water resources remains one of the greatest challenges that will continue to face California policy makers well into the future. Read more...

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