Kevin Sprague, left, and J.J. Vidaurri of Sprague Apiaries in Yuba City tend to honeybees in preparation for almond pollination. The beekeeping business lost about 280 beehives that were allegedly targeted by thieves, and estimates the loss at $100,000.
Photo/Claudia Street
Beehive thefts add to pressures at bloom time
Just as honeybees are being moved into orchards to pollinate the state's almond crop, thieves are stealing commercial beehives from roadside and bee yard locations, disrupting operations for beekeepers and almond growers whose trees are days away from bloom. Read more...

Farm equipment sellers report strong demand
Amid worries about water supplies and lower prices for nut crops, a feeling of optimism still permeated the Colusa Fairgrounds, as hundreds of farmers kicked tires and met with equipment manufacturers and dealers at the three-day Colusa Farm Show. Read more...

Commentary: Program opens opportunities for young farmers
From networking to leadership development, the California Young Farmers and Ranchers program offers young agriculturalists an opportunity to not only connect with their peers, but become engaged with Farm Bureau at a grassroots level, thus developing dynamic leaders. Read more...

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