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Midwest farmers offered federal aid to support bees
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Midwestern farmers and ranchers are getting $4 million in federal help to improve the health of honeybees, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday. The aid through USDA's' Environmental Quality Incentives Program would help producers in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan implement conservation practices, such as seeding alfalfa or clover crops on pasture land. Bees play an important role in food production, pollinating an estimated $15 billion worth of crops, according to USDA.