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Lauren and Christoph Herby make walnut syrup at their farm in McDowell. The couple prides themselves on sustainable living. Any wood used for the evaporator to boil the syrup comes from felled trees on their land. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP)

"Liquid gold' brings new attention to Virginia county

Mar. 29, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

MCDOWELL, Va, (AP) — Christoph Herby stands inside his 96-square-foot sugar shed and watches the sap hauled from his black walnut trees boil. Steam rises from the evaporator and the air smells of buttered popcorn. “That’s our liquid gold,” he says, noting the intense labor that goes...

In this March 24, 2020, photo, farmworkers keep their distance from each other as they work at the Heringer Estates Family Vineyards and Winery in Clarksburg, Calif. Farms continue to operate as essential businesses that supply food to California and much of the country as schools, restaurants and stores shutter over the coronavirus. But some workers are anxious about the virus spreading among them and their families. Steve Heringer, general manager of the 152-year-old family owned business said workers now have more hand sanitizer and already use their own gloves for field work. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Farmworkers key to keeping US fed are wary of virus spread

Mar. 28, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Salvador Calzadillas isn't worried about catching the coronavirus when he's picking mandarin oranges in the trees in central California. But he said the mere act of getting to the groves each day puts him and his wife, also a farmworker, at risk, and there’s nothing they...

President Donald Trump signs the coronavirus stimulus relief package in the Oval Office at the White House, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Highlights of Trump-signed $2.2T economic relief package

Mar. 28, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Highlights of a $2.2 trillion package to help businesses, workers and a health care system staggered by the coronavirus that President Donald Trump signed into law Friday after the House voted final congressional approval. — Loans and guarantees to businesses, state and local...

A seasonal worker from Rumania harvests asparagus on a field of farmer Henning Hoffheinz near Genthin, Germany, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Last year, German farmers employed nearly 300,000 seasonal workers but as more and more European Union countries have restricted or stopped crossings of their usually near-invisible borders because of the coronavirus outbreak, Hoffheinz and others are left wondering how they will bring in their crops this year. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Virus chaos snarls farm workers as new season buds in Europe

Mar. 24, 2020 5:14 AM EDT

GENTHIN, Germany (AP) — Asparagus grower Henning Hoffheinz is looking at blue skies, a record-early harvest – and a big problem. The harvest of white asparagus – a ubiquitous and cherished fixture on springtime menus in Germany, frequently slathered in rich Hollandaise sauce – is...

Winners announced in 2019 OAPME newspaper contest

Mar. 23, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

COLUMBUS (AP) — Newspapers in Columbus, Canton, Sandusky, Cleveland and Massillon were named the best in the state in the annual Ohio Associated Press Media Editors newspaper competition. General Excellence awards for 2019 went to The Columbus Dispatch, The Canton Repository, Sandusky Register, Cleveland...

Washington-grown berries recalled for Norovirus concern

Mar. 17, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A recall was issued for frozen berries manufactured at a farm near Lynden, Washington amid potential exposure to Norovirus, federal food regulators said. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and WinCo Foods issued the recall last Friday for frozen berries manufactured at Rader...

This undated photo provided by Applegate Farms shows Applegate Well Carved Organic Grass-Fed Beef Burgers, a line of meat-and-veggie burgers which the company is introducing at grocery stores next month.  (Applegate Farms via AP)

Meat companies say: Eat your veggies

Mar. 15, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

Meat companies are making it easier for you to eat your vegetables by blending them into burgers, meatballs and sausages. Applegate is introducing a line of meat-and-veggie burgers and meatballs at grocery stores next month. Tyson Foods is already selling a beef and pea protein patty as well as blended sausages....

Medford considers hemp ban

Mar. 14, 2020 8:31 AM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Medford city leaders are considering a ban on growing hemp within the city. The Mail Tribune reports the Medford City Council this week reviewed possible code changes that address the city’s concerns. The city previously banned growing recreational cannabis. The council also...

In this photo taken March 6, 2020, Dionisio Romero, owner of a dragon fruit farm checks that the plants are free of some pests at his estate La Voluntad de Dios in El Progreso, Ecuador. As the coronavirus wreaks economic havoc worldwide, the farmer has watched demand for his fruit plummet and prices drop to astonishing lows, wiping away much of the profit he might normally expect. (AP Photo/Marcos Pin)

Virus could test Latin America's already ailing economy

Mar. 11, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

PROGRESO, Ecuador (AP) — For years, Dionisio Romero has relied for his livelihood on a magenta-colored dragon fruit that is wildly popular in Asia, planting dozens of the spindly trees at his farm near Ecuador’s Pacific coast. But as the coronavirus wreaks economic havoc worldwide, the 72-year-old...

Pesticide workers walk out over wages, labor conditions

Mar. 10, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — More than a dozen pesticide sprayers in Washington state have stopped working over lack of fair wages and working conditions. United Farm Workers and several Evans Fruit employees in Sunnyside spoke to local news outlets Monday in Yakima after walking off the job Friday, the Yakima...