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New coffee center in Northern California aims to give a jolt to research and education

Jun. 21, 2024 13:03 PM EDT

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — A college in Northern California is now home to a center devoted to educating students and closely studying one of the most consumed beverages in the world known for powering people through their day — coffee. The University of California, Davis, launched its...

Beneath offshore wind turbines, researchers grow seafood and seaweed

Jun. 21, 2024 02:37 AM EDT

KRIEGERS FLAK OFFSHORE WIND FARM, Denmark (AP) — In a small boat bobbing in the waves between towering offshore wind turbines, researchers in Europe’s Baltic Sea reach into the frigid water and remove long lines stretched between the pylons onto which mussels and seaweed are growing. ...

Editorial Roundup: South Dakota

Jun. 19, 2024 13:58 PM EDT

Yankton Press & Dakotan. June 17, 2024. Editorial: Biofuel Emissions Study Raises More Questions A recent study by a nonprofit environmental group raises more questions about the climate benefits and impact of ethanol. According to a South Dakota...

China targets Europe's farmers, and not its automakers, in response to EU tariffs on electric cars

Jun. 18, 2024 08:56 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government is taking aim at European farmers instead of German automakers by launching an investigation into European Union pork imports, just days after the EU said it plans to impose provisional tariffs on China-made electric vehicles. The Commerce...

You don't have to live in the tropics to grow peanuts

Jun. 18, 2024 08:15 AM EDT

Peanuts are generally grown in southern climes. Most come from China, India, Nigeria and the southern U.S., which all fall squarely in climates in or similar to USDA hardiness zones 8-11. Which is to say, their summers are long enough to allow for the up to 150 days necessary for...

Biofuel groups envision ethanol-powered jets. But fueling the effort has not been easy

Jun. 18, 2024 01:07 AM EDT

MENOKEN, N.D. (AP) — Some day, the passenger jets that soar 35,000 feet (10.6 kilometers) over Dan McLean’s North Dakota farm could be fueled by corn grown on his land and millions of other acres across the Midwest. It’s a vision the U.S. airline industry embraces and...

High orange juice prices may be on the table for a while due to disease and extreme weather

Jun. 14, 2024 11:14 AM EDT

MOGI GUACU, Brazil (AP) — Orange juice prices have always been volatile, falling when bumper harvests create an oversupply of oranges and rising when frost or a hurricane knocks out fruit trees. But the record-high prices the world is seeing for OJ right now may be on the table for...

Silicon Valley-backed voter plan for new California city qualifies for November ballot

Jun. 11, 2024 21:19 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Silicon Valley-backed initiative to build a green city for up to 400,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area has qualified for the Nov. 5 ballot, elections officials said Tuesday. Solano County's registrar of voters said in a statement that the office...

A brew of ancient coca is Bolivia's buzzy new beer. But it's unclear if the world will buy in

Jun. 11, 2024 11:57 AM EDT

TRINIDAD PAMPA, Bolivia (AP) — If it were anywhere else in South America, the nondescript house with buckets of coca leaves soaking in liquid could be mistaken for a clandestine cocaine lab. But this is La Paz, Bolivia, and the fruity aroma of coca steeping in barrels signals that...

Bureau of Land Management shrinks proposed size of controversial Idaho wind farm project

Jun. 10, 2024 23:21 PM EDT

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The federal Bureau of Land Management’s preferred alternative for a proposed large-scale wind energy farm in southern Idaho would shrink its size by nearly half and move it farther from a national historic site. The proposed Lava Ridge wind farm has...