KaraAnn Akers

KaraAnn Akers, of La Grande, Ore., checks a beehive as part of her FFA supervised agricultural experience. Akers has 15 hives. She provides pollination services for several farms in Union County.

REDMOND, Ore. — At first, KaraAnn Akers watched from a distance as her father tended to a pair of backyard beehives at their home in La Grande, Ore.

“I was scared,” said Akers, now a 16-year-old junior at La Grande High School. “I didn’t want to get stung.”

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