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Farm works on 3 tenets — charity, education, sustainability

Jun. 7, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) — Tucked away off West Point Road in LaGrange is a certified organic farm that has donated more than 50,000 pounds of food to hungry individuals since 2016. Working through local food charities such as Feeding the Valley Food Bank and LaGrange Personal Aid, PineyWoods Farm works to...

Dog-killing cane toads are back as rains draw them out

Jun. 6, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — “Who can I call to get rid of these monsters??? I’m dying over here and I have 3 dogs!” The distressed plea for help was posted late last month by Ohilda Gilbert, a real estate agent, on a Facebook group of South Florida moms. A photo of a fat, warty cane toad next to a...

Residents, visitors, can guard against Emerald Ash Borer

May. 31, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire forest officials are reminding residents and visitors that they can take steps to help slow the spread of an invasive pest that destroys ornamental and forest ash trees. First identified in the state in 2013, the emerald ash borer can be found in all New Hampshire...

Great Smokies firefly light show to be presented virtually

May. 31, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — This is the time of the year the Great Smoky Mountains National Park would be buzzing — and glowing — with the spectacular natural phenomenon of synchronous fireflies and the hordes of humans who come to see them. But along with so many other springtime events that draw...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020 file photo Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologist Chris Looney displays a dead Asian giant hornet, a sample brought in from Japan for research in Blaine, Wash. A dead Asian giant hornet has been found in Washington state, and officials said Friday, May 29, 2020, they were trying to learn if the honey bee predators have established colonies. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool,File)

Another Asian giant hornet found in northwestern Washington

May. 29, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A dead Asian giant hornet has been found in Washington state, and officials said Friday they were trying to learn if the honey bee predators have established colonies here. The Washington state Department of Agriculture said it was the first confirmed sighting of an Asian giant hornet...

Kemp says we can't fight virus from home as cases tick up

May. 27, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said Wednesday that he wants to lift more restrictions on businesses as long as people continue to heed coronavirus guidance from officials and public health experts. The Republican governor’s comments came as state data shows the number of new daily infections...

Smokies nonprofit to hold virtual firefly event on YouTube

May. 27, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The annual lottery to see the synchronous fireflies of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park may be canceled this year due to the coronavirus, but a Smokies-based nonprofit will be offering a virtual firefly event. Discover Life in America is collaborating with firefly...

Maine asks residents to keep eye out for forest pest

May. 24, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — With more residents spending time outside, Maine forestry officials are asking people to keep an eye out for an invasive forest pest. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry wants residents to look at ash trees for evidence of the emerald ash borer. The borer...

‘Crazy bee lady’ gets a buzz from educating public

May. 23, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Amber Lewis refers to herself as “a crazy bee lady,” but fellow beekeepers in the region praise her for her public education efforts, unquenched curiosity and community service. “She’s a top-notch beekeeper,” said Bernie Svidergol of Ebensburg, who...

Study: Miller moth population has increased in Colorado

May. 21, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Experts have reported an abundant supply of miller moths in Colorado that could continue for the next few weeks, reversing a four-year trend of below-average population numbers. Colorado State University entomologists Whitney Cranshaw and Frank Peairs released a study...