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Researchers: Kauai's invasive parakeet population declines

Jun. 11, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

KEKAHA, Hawaii (AP) — Researchers have documented a decrease in Kauai's population of rose-ringed parakeets, a invasive species plaguing local farms. The island had a minimum of 7,300 of the parakeets this year, down from 10,500 last year, said Jane Anderson, assistant...

Officials: Slight increase in Florida citrus projections

Jun. 10, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Federal agriculture officials announced a slight increase in Florida citrus projections on Thursday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released updated projections for citrus production in the 2020-2021 season. The June forecast projects 52.7...

Man stuck for days inside giant fan at California vineyard

Jun. 09, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities rescued a man who said he had been trapped for two days inside a large fan at a Northern California vineyard. The man was discovered Tuesday by a deputy responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle parked near the winery in...

Iowa News Digest

Jun. 09, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Iowa. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Des Moines Bureau at 515-243-3281 or apdesmoines@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast,...

Grape growers in Texas region sue over herbicide damage

Jun. 09, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Wine grape growers in Texas and surrounding states filed a lawsuit last week against drug-maker Bayer-Monsanto and chemical giant BASF for the damage their cotton herbicide has caused to vineyards. Attorneys for the grape growers say cotton seed...

Maine's blueberry crop faces climate change peril

Jun. 05, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's beloved wild blueberry fields are home to one of the most important fruit crops in New England, and scientists have found they are warming at a faster rate than the rest of the state. The warming of the blueberry fields could imperil the...

Asylum-seekers help produce Italy's famous Brunello wine

Jun. 03, 2021 04:18 AM EDT

CASALE DEL BOSCO, Italy (AP) — Summer is arriving in Italy's wine country in Tuscany, and the leaves on the vines shimmer in gold and green. Yahya Adams moves his gloves through the foliage, removing excess buds and shoots to make the vines stronger. ...

Community garden nonprofit now manages county farm

Jun. 02, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The Living Earth Center on Good Counsel Hill has for 30 years welcomed area residents to use the two-acre community garden. For 10 years, Blue Earth County’s one-acre Community Farm near Mount Kato developed into a gardening plot but was moved...

7 apple varieties previously thought lost have been located

May. 31, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Seven apple varieties previously believed to be lost or extinct have been found in eastern Washington state, including several on land near the communities of Pullman, Colfax and Moscow. The Lost Apple Project and the Temperate Orchard Conservancy...

Investor aims to transform Augusta into national destination

May. 31, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Mo. (AP) — A Florida investor with Missouri roots is spending about $100 million in hopes of turning an area of Missouri Wine Country into a destination that will attract visitors from around the country. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch...