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Tag: farming


BEES: Understand importance of pollinators

June 17-23 is National Pollinator Week, when honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats, wasps, ants, moths and some small mammals are celebrated for providing us with fruits, nuts and vegetables.

Pollinators make the delicious possible. They provide us with oranges, apples, blueberries, almonds, apricots, blackberries, cherries, cranberries, melons, plums, pumpkins and alfalfa, to name a few. Much of the pollination of the U.S. food supply comes from managed pollinators: beekeepers. Sixty percent of beekeepers in the U.S. provide pollination services to American agriculture. It takes one to three hives per acre to pollinate apples.

Beekeepers are an integral part of the

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FARMING: Policies make it harder on farmers

Thank you for all the interesting articles on my brother’s daffodil farm (TNT, 2-28). You asked for opinions, so here is a fresh view from another farmer (retired).

First of all, the farmer is the next extinct breed. In planning, we have asked for the last 50 years to save the farmer. Not the land; the farmer will take care of that. We need to preserve the farmer.

My brother’s farm has enough cold storage, dry storage, parking and beautiful retail sales shop that have served the 100 acres, plus greenhouses. The part we play as planners is we

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