Jan. 19 AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

The almond bloom is approaching in a few weeks and beekeepers say the dry weather is making less food available to bees.

Because of that, keepers are giving bees supplemental nutrition.

That consists of a mixture of sugar syrup and protein feed, plus pollen substitutes.

When the bloom starts, it will take $1.5 million bee colonies to pollinate the state's 760 thousand acres of almond trees.

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California investigators are working to return stolen cattle to their rightful owners.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is reporting more than 2 thousand stray and stolen cattle were returned to their owners last year.

The stray and stolen cattle is valued at nearly $2 million.

The department says investigations in several counties led to arrests, fines and jail time for cattle rustlers.

The state employs brand inspectors to ensure that cattle are returned to their rightful owners.

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