Nat West, owner of Reverend Nat's Hard Cider in Portland, Ore., uses sweet apples to make cider, and gives it an extra kick with ginger juice, herbal tonics, coffee and hops. Courtesy of Reverend Nat's Hard Cider hide caption

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Wild bees, such as this Andrena bee visiting highbush blueberry flowers, play a key role in boosting crop yields. Left photo by Rufus Isaac/AAAS; Right photo courtesy of Daniel M.N. Turner hide caption

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Innovation: A Gadget That Scrambles The Egg Inside The Shell

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Loved ones express their grief at the burial of Ramon Romero Ramirez in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, January 2013. The 36-year-old died of chronic kidney disease after working in the sugar cane fields for 12 years. Ramirez is part of a steady procession of deaths among cane workers. Ed Kashi/VII hide caption

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Mysterious Kidney Disease Slays Farmworkers In Central America

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Fire-Setting Ranchers Have Burning Desire To Save Tallgrass Prairie

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Magida Safaoui, right, and an assistant plate tomatoes at a Trio Toques event in April. Safaoui helps out the three chefs who run the restaurant. Doreen Akiyo Yomoah for NPR hide caption

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Ian Burrell, a rum ambassador from the U.K., samples the liquor at the Miami Rum Festival. Tatu Kaarlas/Courtesy of Miami Rum Festival hide caption

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Rum Renaissance Revives The Spirit's Rough Reputation

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Theoneste Rwayitare, a Rwandan refugee who resettled in Vermont last year, pours powdered milk into a bucket for milking at the Vermont Goat Collaborative's Pine Island Farm. Angela Evancie for NPR hide caption

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Got My Goat? Vermont Farms Put Fresh Meat On Refugee Tables

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Over 90 percent of American figs are grown in California. Two growers there are trying to coax the fruit into ripeness nine months of the year and maybe more. anujd89/Flickr hide caption

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