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NW Washington raspberry harvest down 30% due to heat wave

Oct. 21, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The late June record-breaking heat wave in the Pacific Northwest resulted in a significantly smaller raspberry harvest in northwest Washington. The 2021 harvest numbers show Whatcom County farmers brought around 44.5 million pounds (20.2...

Kalispell man grows 400 apple varieties in small orchard

Oct. 10, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — This apple is not your everyday supermarket fruit. Its skin is a yellow wash with splashes of carmine down the sides and a streak of russet near the stem, and it hangs boldly juxtaposed against its leafy backdrop. This diminutive fruit is...

Vineyards, farms across EU raided in labor abuse crackdown

Oct. 05, 2021 06:37 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Law enforcement authorities clamping down on the exploitation of agricultural workers raided hundreds of vineyards and farms across Europe last month, the European Union police agency Europol announced Tuesday. Eight suspects were arrested...

PM vows to rebuild Spanish island hit by volcanic eruption

Oct. 03, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's prime minister vowed Sunday to rebuild the island of La Palma, where a volcanic eruption has spewed molten lava and a thick cloud of pyroclastic ash for the past two weeks, destroying houses and banana crops. The eruption is giving no indications it will end soon. ...

Auction revives vegetable farms, builds Amish communities

Oct. 02, 2021 03:14 AM EDT

OXFORD, Pa. (AP) — In box trucks and horse-drawn wagons, Amish farmers and others carry corrugated crates of bright vegetables and fruits to an open-sided auction house in Oxford, Chester County, to meet buyers for grocers, restaurants, and caterers three mornings a week. ...

Maine rep: National Blueberry Month to include wild berries

Sep. 27, 2021 07:05 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A congresswoman from Maine has pushed for National Blueberry Month to include wild blueberries, which are a major crop in the state. National Blueberry Month is in July. Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree pushed the House Agriculture Committee to...

Drought cuts into grape production for region's vineyards

Sep. 27, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — For the first time, Pointe of View Winery at Burlington called off its annual Grape Harvest Festival this year. Wineries and vineyards in western North Dakota struggled with drought, and some parts of the state were dealt a blow with a late spring...

Maine blueberry growers had bounce-back year, aided by rain

Sep. 26, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's wild blueberry growers had a bounce-back year this summer after struggling with low prices and small crops sizes in recent seasons. The only commercial-scale wild blueberry growers in the U.S. harvest the fruit in Maine, mostly in the...

Spain's new volcano attracts visitors, destroys banana crops

Sep. 21, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — Traffic jams pack the winding narrow roads of La Palma at dusk as curious residents and visitors flock to snap photos as the Spanish island's new volcano furiously ejects material into the air and glowing lava swallows villas, crops and warehouses on its downhill...

Drought tests centuries-old water traditions in New Mexico

Sep. 18, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

ABIQUIU, N.M. (AP) — At the edge of a sandstone outcropping, Teresa Leger Fernández looks out on the Rio Chama. The river tracks a diverse landscape from the southern edge of the Rocky Mountains through rugged basalt hillsides, layers of volcanic tuff, and the red and yellow cliffs made...