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Senator: Trade hurting Maine blueberries, farmers need help

Dec. 4, 2019 5:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator says the state's blueberry growers need help from the federal government to survive the Trump administration's trade battle with China. Sen. Angus King said Wednesday the value of Maine's wild blueberry exports to China are on pace to drop by nearly 97%...

Cranberry farmers want to build solar panels over their bogs

Nov. 27, 2019 5:55 AM EST

CARVER, Mass. (AP) — Plummeting cranberry prices and the country's ongoing trade wars have America's cranberry industry eyeing a possible new savior: solar power. Some cranberry farmers in Massachusetts, the nation's second largest grower after Wisconsin, are proposing to build solar panels above the bogs...

From modest beginnings, Washington now a force in wine world

Nov. 27, 2019 1:28 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — When Craig and Vicki Leuthold opened the Maryhill Winery in 2001, there were about 100 wineries in the state of Washington. That number has since exploded to more than 1,000 wineries this year, and the remarkable growth is likely to continue. Maryhill Winery, just south of the remote...

From modest beginnings, Washington now a force in wine world

Nov. 27, 2019 1:09 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — When Craig and Vicki Leuthold opened the Maryhill Winery in 2001, there were about 100 wineries in the state of Washington. That number has since exploded to more than 1,000 wineries this year, and the remarkable growth is likely to continue. Maryhill Winery, just south of the remote...

Apple detectives comb US Northwest for ‘lost’ varieties

Nov. 20, 2019 5:24 PM EST

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The apple tree stands alone near the top of a steep hill, wind whipping through its branches as a perfect sunset paints its leaves a vibrant gold. It has been there for more than a century, and there is no hint that the tree or its apples are anything out of the ordinary. But this...

Wine woes: Tariffs, Brexit cloud French Beaujolais season

Nov. 20, 2019 4:48 AM EST

CHATILLON, France (AP) — Celebration is the mot du jour in France’s Beaujolais region on the third Thursday of November, when winemakers and sellers uncork the season’s Beaujolais Nouveau with feasting and fanfare. But considerable uncertainty is clouding this year’s celebration of the...

Despite fires, California wine is doing just fine - for now

Nov. 9, 2019 10:05 AM EST

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — If you're worried that wildfires might have created shortages of Northern California's 2019 cabernet sauvignon, or even just imparted it with an undesirable smoky flavor, you can relax. The wine is just fine. For now. Despite a late October blaze that raged through one of the...

Try something new with uncommonly delicious (and ugly) fruit

Nov. 5, 2019 10:43 AM EST

As I savor one of my just-picked American persimmons (Diospyros virginiana), I'm reminded how this fruit — and a few other delectable fruits — would never sell. Why not? Because they're ugly! Although the persimmons hung from the branches as handsome, plump, orange orbs up to a few weeks ago, by now...

The Latest: Utility re-energized power line before fire

Nov. 1, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California fires (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A Southern California utility that shut off power to tens of thousands of people to prevent wildfires says it restored electricity to a line minutes before another blaze exploded nearby. Southern California Edison says it began...

In California blaze, Spanish-speaking immigrants find help

Nov. 1, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — Two years ago, when fires ravaged Northern California, where tens of thousands of Latinos in the U.S. illegally work at farms and vineyards, displaced families were seen sleeping on beaches or in their cars. Farmworkers, construction workers and others in the service industry...