Bees feel the squeeze as cropland consumes habitat

Read the full story from Minnesota Public Radio.

Corn and soybeans may be good for cattle and humans β€” but not bees.

The insects prefer plants with lots of pollen and nectar, and in this part of the country it’s become increasingly difficult for them to find what they need to stay healthy.

Good times in agriculture have led farmers to roll land out of conservation programs and into crops. It’s a shifting landscape that can be seen across eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota, and bees are paying the price.

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