Winters are usually what one agriculture specialist calls a "reset button" that gives farmer a fresh start come planting season. But with relatively mild temperatures and little snow, insects are surviving, growing and, in some areas, already munching on budding plants.
Officials from western U.S. states urged Congress on Tuesday help them avert a potential catastrophe in the next few months as they grapple with millions of acres (hectares) of beetle-ravaged pines that are prone to fire.
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