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Mexico tree plan in El Salvador aims to stem migration

Jul. 19, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Mexico is bringing to El Salvador a tree-planting program that aims to support rural residents and ease economic pressures driving thousands of people to leave for the United States. The program known as "Sowing Life" offers farmers $250 a month to plant fruit or timber...

State lawmakers vote to allow growing hemp, selling CBD oil

Jul. 18, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican-led Legislature has passed a measure that would allow Ohio farmers and university researchers to grow industrial hemp and would legalize sales of hemp-derived cannabidiol oil, or CBD. Federal legislation last year removed hemp from the list of federally controlled...

Tennessee governor tours flooded crops, promises support

Jul. 17, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee took an aerial tour of flooded fields in western Tennessee on Wednesday, promising support to distressed farmers who warn they haven't seen such conditions in nearly a century. Flooding that has refused to leave since October is now spilling over into mid-July,...

Grand opening scheduled for Eastern Market Art Park

Jul. 17, 2019 5:37 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A relaxation and gathering space has been created for visitors and residents of Detroit's popular Eastern Market area. A grand opening is scheduled from 5-9 p.m. Thursday for Art Park, which features colorful picnic tables, chairs, benches and flowers. Murals by Detroit-based artists adorn...

Lawmakers push for federal aid to wild blueberry industry

Jul. 16, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Congressional delegation is getting involved in a push to extend federal aid to members of the state's wild blueberry industry. Wild blueberries are an important crop in Maine, but the industry has struggled with low prices in recent years. Maine's delegation says the U.S....

What state is the nation's top watermelon producer?

Jul. 16, 2019 3:35 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Summer means relaxing by the pool, barbeques and refreshing slices of watermelon and no one produces more of this favorite summertime fruit than Florida. The Sunshine State is the top producer of watermelon in the United States. The University of Florida Institute of Food and...

Venezuelan migrants take arepas to new lands amid crisis

Jul. 16, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelans like to jest that their beloved arepas are so widely consumed that babies come out of the womb with the corn flatbreads already in hand. Now, as millions flee their homeland's turmoil, they are taking Venezuela's most ubiquitous dish with them. Humble street stalls...

Report: 81% of winter wheat crop now harvested in Kansas

Jul. 15, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The government's latest crop update says 81% of the winter wheat in Kansas has now been harvested. The National Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday that the wheat harvest is still behind the 95% that would be average for this late in the season. Its report also rated the...

Taste of the Tour: Garlic soup in Toulouse-Lautrec country

Jul. 15, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

ALBI, France (AP) — Terrible timing: Wout van Aert, the Belgian winner of Monday's stage at the Tour de France, just missed the garlic harvest in Lautrec, and he was a few weeks too early for next month's garlic festival. Stage 10 through the golden corn fields of south-central France to Albi brought the...

Upstream landowners see hope in Minnesota diversion delay

Jul. 13, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

COMSTOCK, Minn. (AP) — The latest challenge to the controversial Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project is raising a glimmer of hope for upstream residents who could lose land if the plan moves forward unchanged. The board of Buffalo-Red River Watershed District denied a necessary permit for the $2.75...