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WIld Hills Winery co-owner Colleen Halverson views the emerging fruit of a grapevine in the vineyard of the business near Muscoda, Wis. Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The winery, formerly known as Weggy Winery, produces about 2,000 gallons of wine a year. Halverson and husband Aaron want to eventually increase production to 10,000 gallons a year. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

New wineries tout views, alter business plans amid pandemic

Aug. 8, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MUSCODA, Wis. (AP) — The ridge a few miles north of here holds 20 varieties of grapes, orchards filled with peach, apple, cherry, apricot and other fruit trees and one of the largest black current patches in the state. What sold Colleen and Aaron Halverson on this 81-acre property in southern Richland...

As a precaution to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, beach attendant Danielle McClure takes the temperature of Colten Ryan before allowing him and his brother, Finn, left, to enter Maranacook Beach, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Winthrop, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine governor touts progress, renews state of emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

MILBRIDGE, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor extended a “state of civil emergency” order on Wednesday that allows the state to use all available resources in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Janet Mills said the emergency order has been extended until at least Sept. 3. It was the fifth...

Program offers support, education on organic farming

Aug. 2, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An association that promotes organic farming in New Hampshire is hosting six virtual farm tours. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire, through a program that promotes workforce development in the sector, is hoping the tours educate farmers and provides support...

Slimy invaders are attacking Louisiana where it hurts

Jul. 25, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — First it came for your wetlands. Now it’s coming for your crawfish and your rice. A foreign snail that appeared in Louisiana just over 10 years ago and quickly infested ponds, bayous and streams in about 30 parishes has recently found its way to the farms that produce two of the...

Tennessee doubles reimbursement for farmer certification

Jul. 13, 2020 4:14 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee agriculture officials have doubled the reimbursement available for fruit and vegetable farmers who achieve a certification that lets them sell directly to customers. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture says it will now reimburse up to 75% or up to $1,500 of the Good...

Apple growers qualify for aid after challenging criteria

Jul. 10, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that apple growers are now eligible for relief aid through a coronavirus food assistance program. The department revised its criteria so apple growers qualify for payments, saying they experienced a sales price loss of at least 5% when...

Workers pack crafts and fruits from the Amazon on a box before 'The Harvest Amazonian Barter' will deliver to people who subscribe to the service in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. A group in Colombia is providing farmers in remote areas of the Amazon jungle with food and hygiene products in exchange for some of the fruits that they harvest and that would otherwise go to waste because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombian siblings launch market for Amazon farmers in need

Jul. 9, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The luscious fruits of the Amazon jungle still grow, undeterred by the raging pandemic. But many Colombian farmers and Indigenous communities have been left without a way to sell their harvests, and without the wherewithal to buy the staples of daily life. Seeing this need, two siblings launched The Harvest:...

Massachusetts moves forward reopening; RI students scramble

Jul. 5, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

Most of Massachusetts is moving forward with the next phase of its economic reopening, which covers many indoor venues like gyms, museums movie theaters and casinos, effective on Monday. The governor's order covers all of the state except Boston, where the changes will take effect on July 13. Gov. Charlie Baker...

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2020, file photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pose for a photo before participating in a roundtable discussion with Venezuelan exiles, in Miami. While President Donald Trump deals with his high-profile political difficulties in his high-profile ways, his Cabinet heads are fanning out to battleground states in November's presidential vote, trying to assure essential support blocs on all that the Trump administration is doing for them. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Trump Cabinet members look to reassure battleground voters

Jul. 5, 2020 8:35 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tromped through a strawberry festival in central Florida, detailing the government's new trade pact. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked about foreign policy at a roundtable in south Florida. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator...

Migrants who are seeking seasonal work harvest fruits stand in a square in Lleida, Spain, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Authorities in northeast Spain have ordered the lockdown of a county around the city of Lleida due to worrying outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus. Catalan regional authorities announced Saturday, July 4, 2020 that as of noon local time movement will be restricted to and from the county of El SegriĆ” around Lleida which is home to over 200,000 people. Residents will have until 4 p.m. to enter the area. The new outbreaks are linked to agricultural workers in the rural area. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Virus spike in Spain reveals plight of seasonal farm workers

Jul. 4, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

LLEIDA, Spain (AP) — In the 20 years since he left his native Senegal, Biram Fall has never slept in the streets. This week, when he ran out of savings after failing to find work in northern Spain’s peach orchards, he still refused to do so. As part of an army of cheap labor that follows the...