Pandemic’s sting fails to stop beekeepers

SWEET GIG: Beekeepers James Cook and Samantha Jones stand in front of some of their hives at one of their bee yards near Iola, Wis. The couple has worked with honeybees for several years but started their own business this year.  / AP PHOTO/CARRIE ANTLFINGER
SWEET GIG: Beekeepers James Cook and Samantha Jones stand in front of some of their hives at one of their bee yards near Iola, Wis. The couple has worked with honeybees for several years but started their own business this year. / AP PHOTO/CARRIE ANTLFINGER
IOLA, Wis. – They wrote it right into their business plan – an expectation that, each year, at least half the stock on which their livelihood depends would die. Building a business around bees is not for the faint-hearted. “You have to be a little crazy,” said James Cook, who, with wife Samantha Jones, started…

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