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Photo by: John Holland

Beekeeper Orin Johnson (right) and son-in-law Jay Rolon check on colonies pollinating an almond orchard northwest of Waterford, Calif., on Feb. 23, 2012. A mild and dry winter that gave insects a reprieve from certain death now threatens to make spring a tough season for many U.S. farmers. (Associated Press/The Modesto Bee)

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