Latest Fruit farming News

Northwest cherry crops facing disease and decreased harvest

May. 25, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Cherry industry officials in Oregon and Washington state estimate a tree infection has substantially depleted the fruit for this year's harvest. The infection known as little cherry disease has chopped an estimated 40 million pounds (18 million kilograms) of cherries from the...

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, wears a mask as she speaks with employees following a tour of Coastal Sunbelt Produce, Friday, May 15, 2020, in Laurel, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ivanka Trump tours launch of USDA's family food box program

May. 15, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — Billions of dollars worth of fruit, vegetables and other farm products that might have gone to waste because of the coronavirus pandemic will instead be delivered to food banks and nonprofit organizations that help the needy under a new Agriculture Department program. Agriculture...

In this  May 5, 2020, photo, Ali Capper inspects the blossom on her apple trees at Stocks Farm in Suckley, Worcestershire. Britain’s fruit and vegetable farmers have long worried that the exit from the European Union would keep out the tens of thousands of Eastern European workers who come every year to pick the country’s produce. Now, the coronavirus pandemic has brought that feared future to the present. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

'Foretaste' of Brexit: Virus cuts off much of UK farm labor

May. 12, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's fruit and vegetable farmers have long dreaded their country's exit from the European Union, worrying that it would keep out the tens of thousands of Eastern European workers who come every year to pick produce. Now, the coronavirus pandemic has brought that feared future to the...

In this Oct. 23, 2019, photo, apples collected by amateur botanists David Benscoter and EJ Brandt of the Lost Apple Project, rest on the ground in an orchard at an abandoned homestead near Genesee, Idaho. Benscoter and Brandt recently learned that their work in the fall of 2019 has led to the rediscovery of 10 apple varieties in the Pacific Northwest that were planted by long-ago pioneers and had been thought extinct. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

10 pioneer-era apple types thought extinct found in US West

Apr. 15, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A team of retirees that scours the remote ravines and windswept plains of the Pacific Northwest for long-forgotten pioneer orchards has rediscovered 10 apple varieties that were believed to be extinct — the largest number ever unearthed in a single season by the nonprofit Lost...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2011, file photo, a flock of geese fly over vines at the Trump Vineyard in Charlottesville, Va. President Donald Trump’s Virginia vineyard could be eligible for a federal bailout under the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus he signed into law last month. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Trump winery eligible for bailout in virus relief law

Apr. 11, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s Virginia vineyard could be eligible for a federal bailout under the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus he signed into law last month, despite provisions in the bill that Democrats said were intended to prevent him and his family from personally benefiting....

In this March 28, 2020, photo, a pile of ripe squash sits in a field, in Homestead, Fla. Thousands of acres of fruits and vegetables grown in Florida are being plowed over or left to rot because farmers can't sell to restaurants, theme parks or schools nationwide that have closed because of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Coronavirus claims an unexpected victim: Florida vegetables

Apr. 8, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — Mounds of harvested zucchini and yellow squash ripened and then rotted in the hot Florida sun. Juicy tomatoes were left to wither — unpicked — in farmers' fields. Thousands of acres of fruits and vegetables grown in Florida are being plowed over or left to rot because...