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Adrian G. Hunsberger, an urban horticulture agent of the University of Florida, shows a carambola, also known as starfruit. It's one of the many fruits that have been quarantined in South Florida amid concerns over an outbreak of the Oriental fruit fly. Alan Diaz/AP hide caption

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Calves at Butterworks Farm, an organic dairy farm in Vermont. Its owners are among the founding partners of Farmers to You, a startup that connects farmers in Vermont with customers in Boston. Sterling College/Flickr hide caption

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The container yard at the Port of Lewiston, Idaho is virtually empty. Last year at this time there were 250 containers here, ready to carry farmer's crops down the Snake and Columbia Rivers to the Port of Portland and onto Asia and South America. Conrad Wilson /OPB hide caption

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This year, many of the pistachios grown in California's San Joaquin Valley are missing the green, fatty meat that nut lovers crave. Instead, they're empty inside, the result of drought, heat and weather pattern changes that have messed with pistachio tree fertilization. Kreg Steppe/Flickr hide caption

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Quebec produces about three-quarters of the world's maple syrup supply. "There's pride, and maybe a little bit of nationalism, associated with it," says Antoine Aylwin, a Canadian lawyer who represents maple syrup buyers who've tangled with the federation of syrup producers. Ano Lobb/Flickr hide caption

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Marquette University scientist Michael Schläppi grows rice in paddies on his lab's rooftop. Michael Schläppi hide caption

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Keith and Tiffani Andrews fish for ridgeback shrimp on the fishing vessel Alamo. Courtesy of Sarah Rathbone/Community Seafood hide caption

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Brewers from Draught Works and the Denver Beer Co. collaborate on making a huckleberry sour beer last weekend at the Draught Works brewery in Missoula, Mont. The beer was kettle soured before being added to the fermentation tank seen here. Courtesy of Draught Works hide caption

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Susan Edmonson, a cattle rancher from Henryetta, Okla., with some of her cattle. Since last fall, cattle thieves have thinned her herd, one animal at a time — a major financial blow for her farm. Jacob McCleland for NPR hide caption

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United has purchased 15 million gallons of renewable jet fuel made from beef tallow, or fat, by Alt Air Fuels and plans to use the fuel this year for Los Angeles-to-San Francisco flights. Tony Ruppe/United hide caption

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In the years before the drought began, Australia carried out a giant reset of its water rights. First, the government put a cap on the total amount of water available for farmers. Then, farmers received shares of that total supply. Martin Benik/Corbis hide caption

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Pizza night on the Stoney Acres Farm in Athens, Wis. John Ivanko/Courtesy of Stoney Acres Farm hide caption

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Young pigs stare out of a pen at a hog farm in North Dakota. In coming months, consumers will start to see a new label on some packages of pork: Produced "without the use of ractopamine." Will Kincaid/AP hide caption

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A clampdown on contamination in growing fields has pushed out wildlife and destroyed habitats. Adam Cole/NPR hide caption

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Final inspection of frozen blueberries at the Atlantic Blueberry Co. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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Organic farmer Margot McMillen holds a grape leaf damaged by pesticide drift on her farm, Terra Bella Farm, in central Missouri. Kristofor Husted/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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Gary Broomell and his daughter, Debbie, pose behind a sign on their ranch in San Diego County. Their family has been growing citrus for generations, but lately, it's been hard staying in the black growing oranges, so they started a vineyard a few years ago. Lesley McClurg/ Capital Public Radio hide caption

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