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Florida Senate passes strawberry shortcake bill

Jan. 27, 2022 19:30 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — People who want to pay tribute to Florida while finishing up a meal might have to order two desserts. Florida already has a state pie — key lime — and the Senate on Thursday unanimously voted to make strawberry shortcake the official state dessert. ...

Mexican town protects forest from avocado growers, cartels

Jan. 27, 2022 16:08 PM EST

CHERAN, Mexico (AP) — Regular citizens have taken the fight against illegal logging into their own hands in the pine-covered mountains of western Mexico, where loggers clear entire hillsides for avocado plantations that drain local water supplies and draw drug cartels hungry for extortion money. ...

Walmart invests in indoor vertical farming startup Plenty

Jan. 25, 2022 12:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart said Tuesday it has taken a stake in agriculture startup Plenty, becoming the first large U.S. retailer to significantly invest in indoor vertical farming as a way to deliver fresher produce to its stores. Vertical farmers tout their high-quality produce...

$500K in grants available for Vermont specialty crops

Jan. 23, 2022 15:28 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets has announced $500,000 in federal grant funds available to boost the state's specialty crop industries. Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture crops and nursery crops,...

High fertilizer prices could mean smaller crops for farmers

Jan. 22, 2022 11:44 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Farmers across Mississippi are having to adjust to a steep rise in the price of fertilizer. The Mississippi State Extension Service recently released a study about how farmers are coping with fertilizer prices approaching record highs, WCBI-TV reported. ...

Felony for brokering unlicensed grain buyers clears Senate

Jan. 20, 2022 17:56 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a proposal to make it a felony for anyone who brokers a grain purchase with an unlicensed buyer. The state requires grain buyers to have a license as part of a way to protect payments for farmers....

Florida on pace for smallest orange crop in over 75 years

Jan. 19, 2022 11:13 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida is on pace to produce the smallest crop of oranges in more than 75 years, according to a forecast released this month. The Sunshine State is on pace to produce 44.5 million 90-pound boxes of oranges during the current season, according to a forecast...

For 'ice wine' vintners, frigid temps are reason to rejoice

Jan. 16, 2022 14:46 PM EST

OVID, N.Y. (AP) — While the vast majority of New Yorkers are hunkering down to ride out frigid temperatures and snow blasts from the latest winter storm, others are seizing on the opportunity to ... pick grapes? One Finger Lakes-area winemaker jokingly calls it “insanity,” but...

Farmer dies after falling into grain bin near Wentzville

Jan. 14, 2022 14:58 PM EST

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A St. Charles County farmer died after he fell into a grain bin and was trapped, authorities said. The body of Paul Hepperman, 75, was recovered Friday from a grain bin on his farm near Wentzville. Hepperman apparently was trying to unclog the...

Owners to get $42 million for citrus trees Florida destroyed

Jan. 14, 2022 13:08 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sixteen years after their legal battle began, about 18,000 homeowners in central Florida will be paid more than $42 million collectively by the state of Florida for destroying their citrus trees during an effort to eradicate a harmful citrus disease. The...