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Volunteers plant fruit orchard for Indiana primate sanctuary

Nov. 27, 2021 08:38 AM EST

WINAMAC, Ind. (AP) — Staff at a primate sanctuary in northern Indiana will be feeding the center’s menagerie with freshly picked fruit in the coming years thanks to a newly planted orchard. A team of volunteers helped plant 60 fruit trees last month on the property of...

Plan to cut food waste will send blueberries to food banks

Nov. 24, 2021 10:16 AM EST

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — A Maine nonprofit group is working with blueberry farmers to cut down food waste and provide fruit to food pantries in the state. Healthy Acadia, based in Ellsworth, will work with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to...

'They become our family:' US farming couple rescues Afghans

Nov. 24, 2021 09:18 AM EST

FERGUS FALLS, Minnesota (AP) — The U.S. soldiers called them “Caroline’s guys.” They transformed farms in a war zone - risking their lives for the program she built, sharing her belief that something as simple as apple trees could change the world. The...

Grants to boost Maine potatoes, blueberries, flowers

Nov. 20, 2021 12:46 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Potato Board, a company that wants to expand wild blueberry wine, and a flower collective are among the groups that will receive about a half million dollar in agricultural grants. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and...

Work starting on 1st commercial-scale US offshore wind farm

Nov. 18, 2021 17:38 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland joined with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday to mark the groundbreaking of the Vineyard Wind 1 project, the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the United States. The project is the first of many...

Legal pot growers frustrated by illegal operations in Oregon

Nov. 18, 2021 16:22 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Amanda Metzler, a licensed cannabis grower, has beefed up security around her property and no longer dares to go out alone after dark because of illegal marijuana farms in her region. Elin Miller, a vineyard owner, said the illegal sites have lured...

Africa's 'Great Green Wall' shifts focus to hold off desert

Nov. 13, 2021 02:23 AM EST

KEBEMER, Senegal (AP) — The idea was striking in its ambition: African countries aimed to plant trees in a nearly 5,000-mile line spanning the entire continent, creating a natural barrier to hold back the Sahara Desert as climate change swept the sands south. The...

Spain: Volcanic island's banana growers get a lift from navy

Nov. 11, 2021 09:23 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish Navy has started helping farmers on the volcanic island of La Palma to reach their lava-surrounded banana plantations by sea, Spain's Defense Ministry said on Thursday. A scale 5 earthquake overnight offered a reminder that the eruption on the...

Washington state apple crop estimate lowered 5.3%

Nov. 10, 2021 09:57 AM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington State Tree Fruit Association officials have lowered their 2021 estimate of the statewide apple harvest by 5.3%. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the estimate was decreased from 124.85 million to 118.255 million boxes. ...

Mexico's army stands between gangs, enforcing turf divisions

Nov. 08, 2021 10:54 AM EST

AGUILILLA, Mexico (AP) — In western Mexico a small squad of soldiers with about a half-dozen trucks and sandbag emplacements stands guard on a rural highway. In one direction, almost within earshot, one drug cartel operates a roadblock extorting farmers. In the other direction, a rival...