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The buzz about honeybees in recent years has been about their vanishing act from gardens and farm fields.

But new ranks of backyard beekeepers are trying to ease that scarcity, or at least have enough pollinators to produce a honey of a harvest.

"Feral bees have pretty much died out, so if you don't have someone with bees nearby, your squash and tomatoes, orchards and nut crops won't get pollinated," said Edd Buchanan, a fourth-generation beekeeper from Black Mountain, N.C.

Bees are the necessary germinating link between blossoms and fruit. They pollinate one-third of the world's produce, a service worth some $70 billion per year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.

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