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In this Saturday, March 14, 2020, photo, Lynley Golden, left, and Jason Rony at the Cotton Candy Lab booth near The Depot Grille in Lynchburg, Va. While making the cotton candy — of which he offers 10 flavors, with more in the works — he wears a lab coat and goggles and explains to children the science behind how the treat is made. (Taylor Irby/The News & Advance via AP)

Food science student spins cotton candy into business

Mar. 28, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — It all started at a yard sale. More than a year ago, Jason Rony saw a cotton candy machine for sale. “I didn’t think too much about it. I was driving away and had this whole idea in my head,” he said. “I went back and bought the machine.” Then he...

Virginia farmer turns frustration into new invention

Mar. 14, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

BERRYVILLE, Va. (AP) — Out in a field with one functioning arm and a broken valve stem on his tractor on a near-100-degree day, Todd Johnson had had enough. The same feeling when it happened again two days later, though, was the nail in the tire that led him to creating his own solution. That was nearly...

Questions raised about of China anti-locust 'duck army'

Feb. 27, 2020 8:08 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Questions were raised Thursday about a Chinese newspaper report that the country is planning to dispatch a 100,000-strong army of ducks to help Pakistan combat a massive locust infestation. The Ningbo Evening News had said the legion of lotus-eating waterfowl would be sent from the eastern...

Purdue develops 'Boiler Bee Honey,' made by local bees

Feb. 8, 2020 12:02 AM EST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Hungry Purdue fans may know the university currently offers a slew of university-made and branded food and drink items, from the Boiler Black and Gold beers in collaboration with People’s Brewing Co. to the Boilermaker Butcher Block selling varieties of meat and dairy....

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo is an Uber office in Secaucus, N.J. Uber continued to lose cash as it poured money into building its food delivery business and developing technology for driverless cars, but revenue for its rides business nearly tripled as the company picked up more passengers around the world. 
The ride-hailing giant lost $1.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019, about 24% more than it lost at the same time last year. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Uber loses $1.1B investing in food delivery, driverless cars

Feb. 6, 2020 6:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber is still losing money as it expands its food delivery business and develops technology for driverless cars. But revenue for its rides business nearly tripled in the final three months of last year as the company picked up more passengers around the world. That prompted it to say it...

School draws students with experiential agriculture program

Feb. 4, 2020 8:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Bundled up in her winter jacket, Elaina Stumpf headed outside on a recent brisk, sunny day at Shepaug Valley School. The sophomore from Bridgewater had an important task. She needed to help feed her new friends, 2-week-old lambs birthed by sheep that are part of Shepaug’s...

In this Dec. 4, 2019, photo cows are milked on a large carousel at the Rosendale Dairy in Pickett, Wis. At Rosendale Dairy, each of the 9,000 cows has a microchip implanted in an ear that workers can scan with smartphones for up-to-the-minute information on how the animal is doing, everything from their nutrition to their health history to their productivity. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

In fight to survive, US dairy farmers look for any tech edge

Feb. 2, 2020 1:23 PM EST

PICKETT, Wis. (AP) — At Rosendale Dairy, each of the 9,000 cows has a microchip implanted in an ear that workers can scan with smartphones for up-to-the-minute information on how the animal is doing — everything from their nutrition to their health history to their productivity. Feed is calibrated...