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This undated handout photo provided by the Agriculture Department shows the deadly parasitic Varroa mite on the back of this honey bee is one of many insect pests that sugar esters may be useful in controlling. Sucrose octanoate, a sugar ester, can kill the mite without harming the bee. Nearly one out of four American honeybee colonies died this winter, but that’s not quite as bad as recent years, says a new U.S. Department of Agriculture survey of beekeepers. Under siege from parasites, disease, pesticide use, nutrition problems and a mysterious sudden die-off, 23 percent of bee colonies failed and experts say that’s considerably less than the previous year or the eight-year average of 30 percent losses. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer, Agriculture Department)

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This undated handout photo provided by the Agriculture Department shows the deadly parasitic Varroa mite on the back of this honey bee is one of many insect pests that sugar esters may be useful in controlling. Sucrose octanoate, a sugar ester, can kill the mite without harming the bee. Nearly one out of four American honeybee colonies died this winter, but that’s not quite as bad as recent years, says a new U.S. Department of Agriculture survey of beekeepers. Under siege from parasites, disease, pesticide use, nutrition problems and a mysterious sudden die-off, 23 percent of bee colonies failed and experts say that’s considerably less than the previous year or the eight-year average of 30 percent losses. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer, Agriculture Department)

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This undated handout photo provided by the Agriculture Department shows the deadly parasitic Varroa mite on the back of this honey bee is one of many insect pests that sugar esters may be useful in controlling. Sucrose octanoate, a sugar ester, can kill the mite without harming the bee. Nearly one out of four American honeybee colonies died this winter, but that’s not quite as bad as recent years, says a new U.S. Department of Agriculture survey of beekeepers. Under siege from parasites, disease, pesticide use, nutrition problems and a mysterious sudden die-off, 23 percent of bee colonies failed and experts say that’s considerably less than the previous year or the eight-year average of 30 percent losses. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer, Agriculture Department)

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FILE - In this June 18, 2007 file photo, Roger Johnson, then the North Dakota agriculture commissioner , is seen in Bismarck, N.D. On Monday, March 10, 2014, Johnson was re-elected president of the National Farmers Union, a group he has led the group since 2009, after heading North Dakota's Agriculture Department for a dozen years. (AP Photo/Bismarck Tribune, Tom Stromme, File)

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In this Jan. 15, 2014 photo, Norberto Munive cuts down a large pine tree near Sheridan Lake, S.D. The survey conducted by the U.S. Forest Service, South Dakota's Agriculture Department and Wyoming's State Forestry Division measured trees that were infected by pine beetles that left trees in the fall of 2012 and spread to new timber last year. (AP Photo/Rapid City Journal, Chris Huber)

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National Edition News cover for January 5, 2014 - Agriculture Department fails to punish stores that aid food stamp cheaters: EBT cards from several states (Courtesy USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service)

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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2008 file photo, a combine cuts durum wheat near an oil well in Tioga, N.D. The federal Agriculture Department has revised its estimates of North Dakota wheat production, though the changes are small. The Agriculture Department in late October 2013 re-contacted farmers who still had crop in the field when surveys were done for the annual late-September small grains summary. North Dakota leads the nation in the production of both spring wheat and durum wheat. (AP Photo/James MacPherson, File)

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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2008 file photo, a combine cuts durum wheat near an oil well in Tioga, N.D. The federal Agriculture Department has revised its estimates of North Dakota wheat production, though the changes are small. The Agriculture Department in late October 2013 re-contacted farmers who still had crop in the field when surveys were done for the annual late-September small grains summary. North Dakota leads the nation in the production of both spring wheat and durum wheat. (AP Photo/James MacPherson, File)