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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...

Taste of the Tour: Moonlight wine and 'Beautiful Girls'

Jul. 11, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

KAYSERSBERG, France (AP) — Training according to the solar and lunar cycles has never helped any Tour de France contender climb a mountain faster, or seize the yellow jersey. Moon science is more rewarding when it comes to the art of winemaking. In the Alsace region visited by the peloton this week,...

Maine calls for USDA to provide more support for blueberries

Jul. 10, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's agriculture commissioner is asking the federal government to use a new program to buoy the state's wild blueberry industry during a difficult time. Blueberry harvesters collected about 57 million pounds of the berries in 2018. That was down nearly 11 million pounds from the...

When is fruit ready to pick? Nature offers different clues

Jul. 9, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

It takes just a twist of the wrist to determine when pears are ready to come off the tree. For plums and peaches, flesh firmness is a good way to verify maturity. Blackberries? Check the color. Nature offers a wide range of clues about when the time is ripe for harvesting fruit and minimizing losses. "Tasting may...

Cold spring delays strawberries but now it's a bumper crop

Jul. 4, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — A cool, damp spring has delayed the strawberry crop in parts of northern New England, but many Fourth of July revelers should be able to indulge in strawberry shortcake. The crop, which usually opens to pickers in early to mid-June, was about two to three weeks behind schedule at Paul...

Move seeks to save last San Fernando Valley citrus orchard

Jul. 3, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An effort is underway at Los Angeles City Hall to protect the last of the citrus orchards that once covered the San Fernando Valley before urban sprawl. Councilman Bob Blumenfield introduced a motion Wednesday to consider Bothwell Ranch as a city historic-cultural monument. The grove of...

Gov. DeSantis signs bill to create agricultural hemp program

Jun. 25, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida will establish an agricultural hemp program under a bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Republican governor signed the bill Tuesday. It is hailed as a way to help farmers who have been battered by hurricanes and hurt by citrus diseases. Florida Agriculture Commissioner...

Boy, 15, man, 25, suspected in San Diego-area pipe beating

Jun. 25, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

LEMON GROVE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy and a 25-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of beating a man with a long stick and a metal pipe near San Diego. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says deputies responded Monday to a 911 call about a man bleeding in the street in...

Sending fewer crops to market helping cranberry growers

Jun. 23, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin cranberry growers say demand for the fruit is improving after a voluntary move to withhold part of the 2018 crop. The latest National Agricultural Statistics Service shows that Wisconsin produced 5.55 million barrels of cranberries last year, Wisconsin Public Radio reported ....