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Asheville women-owned food businesses supporting each other

Aug. 15, 2022 12:07 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The “Wellness District” is a place where customer service means taking care of the customer from the inside out. The North Asheville neighborhood is flush with businesses promoting healthy lifestyles all within walking distance of each other. Pulp +...

Carey’s Camp faithful mark 132nd year in Millsboro

Aug. 13, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) — Except for several adults and children tie-dying and a couple youngsters playing wiffle ball or badminton, there was little activity as the midday sun beat down on Carey’s Camp. Around 5 that evening is when the camp really started to come to life. ...

Smithfield Fair trio made music together for 50 years

Aug. 13, 2022 01:02 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — The last 50 years have been a “Charmer” for Smithfield Fair. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, the band was once called Charmer. And even though it was changed in 1989, many in the area still know them by that name. “We were a big presence...

EXPLAINER: Mixed US inflation signs. Where are prices going?

Aug. 10, 2022 16:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers struggling with skyrocketing prices for food, gas, autos and rent got a tantalizing hint of relief last month, when prices didn't budge at all from June after 25 straight months of increases. With gas prices continuing to fall, inflation is probably slowing further...

Microplastics increasingly found in Colorado's snowpack

Aug. 06, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — As the focus on the electron microscope resolved, Richard Reynolds found himself feeling more resigned than surprised. The slide before him was a snowpack sample collected from pristine Colorado high country. The sample revealed, at intense magnification, the...

UN food price index dropped in July for fourth month

Aug. 06, 2022 00:23 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Food and Agriculture Agency’s global food price index dropped for a fourth straight month in July, but was still 13% higher than in July 2021, the agency reported Friday. FAO said last month’s 8.6% decline was the steepest monthly drop in the...

US: Africa can buy Russian grain but risks actions on oil

Aug. 04, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — African nations are free to buy grain from Russia but could face consequences if they trade in U.S.-sanctioned commodities such as Russian oil, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday. “Countries can buy Russian agricultural products,...

Italy's salty Po Delta hurting agriculture, fisheries

Aug. 02, 2022 06:35 AM EDT

PORTO TOLLE, Italy (AP) — Drought and unusually hot weather have raised the salinity in Italy’s largest delta, where the mighty Po River feeds into the Adriatic Sea south of Venice, and it’s killing rice fields along with the shellfish that are a key ingredient in one of Italy’s culinary...

1st ship carrying Ukrainian grain leaves the port of Odesa

Aug. 01, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The first ship carrying Ukrainian grain set out Monday from the port of Odesa under an internationally brokered deal to unblock the embattled country's agricultural exports and ease the growing global food crisis. The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni...

Alabama couple opens 'pick your own' flower farm

Jul. 31, 2022 01:03 AM EDT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — An east Alabama couple has opened their property as a flower-picking farm called Circles of Colors, which currently offers sunflowers, dahlias, zinnias and cosmos. “You come and pick whatever you want,” farm owner Arely Kloss told the Opelika-Auburn News....