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In this, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 photo a worker sorts through tomatoes after they are washed before being inspected and packed, in Florida City, Fla. A Florida bill mandating that private companies verify each new hire's eligibility to work in the U.S. is worrying farmers in the agriculture-rich state. The growers complain they are struggling to find farm workers as the unemployment rate reaches record lows. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Farmers worry Florida bill will worsen labor scarcity woes

Feb. 11, 2020 7:28 PM EST

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. (AP) — On a recent afternoon, many stools stood empty beside a conveyor belt where workers examined a stream of green tomatoes and tossed aside those with holes and cracks at a South Florida packing house. Paul J. DiMare, one of the country’s leading producers of fresh tomatoes,...

Howard Brosius, executive director of Chipping Hill Micro Farms, demonstrates the importance of fresh produce and healthy eating with a carrot inside his mobile greenhouse during a class on Jan. 14, 2020, outside of Ambler Borough Hall in Ambler, Pa. (Rachel Ravina/The Reporter via AP)

Man teaches kids healthy eating tips in mobile greenhouse

Feb. 1, 2020 3:05 AM EST

AMBLER, Pa. (AP) — Teaching area children about produce and healthy eating is something Howard Brosius said he loves — and what he loves even more is taking it on the road. “Seeing the little faces, and when I go into a classroom you can barely hear yourself think with, ‘Mr. Howard,...

This photo taken Jan. 13, 2020, shows  Olaniyi Balogun peering out at the land he farms from the doorway of a work shed in Brookeville, MD. Balogun is a native of Nigeria who farms cabbage, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and collard greens on Agricultural Reserve land near Brookeville. As Montgomery county's demographics change, more immigrants are seeking land in the agricultural reserve to farm and rear animals, often bringing crops and farming practices from their home countries. The program connects landowners with aspiring farmers who cannot afford to buy their own land. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via AP)

New immigrants to a Maryland county are veterans of the land

Jan. 26, 2020 9:00 AM EST

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — It was pitch-black in the early morning after the Washington region’s first snowfall, when the Nigerian farmer went to check on his crops. Olaniyi Balogun pushed open the fence, took two steps, then stamped his boot against the soil. He bent over the rows of kale and gently...

In this Jan. 9, 2020 photo, 302 Aquaponics owner and CEO Doug Wood inspects his lettuce at a greenhouse in Dover, Del. Wood is starting up an aquaponics business that will eventually harvest four types of organic lettuces, tilapia and local honey from beehives. (Marc Clery/Delaware State News via AP)

Hoping to sprout success: Aquaponics takes shape in Dover

Jan. 18, 2020 9:00 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — It looks like some kind of a crazy laboratory straight out of the future. It turns out that Dover’s Doug Wood is the mad scientist behind all those large blue barrels bubbling with water and fish that are the key ingredients to growing four types of organic produce. Inside the...

Missouri farmer ran one of the biggest frauds in US history

Jan. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EST

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) — Like all the best con artists, Randy Constant was a charmer, hard not to like. Big hearted. Good listener. You’d never have guessed that the father of three, grandfather of five was a liar, cheat and serial philanderer who masterminded one of the biggest and longest-running...

Bad weather means bad year for potato harvest

Dec. 25, 2019 11:07 AM EST

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Fresh potato prices have roughly doubled after a poor growing year and a frosty harvest caused American production to drop 6% in 2019. Idaho spud growers who were able to get their harvest out of the ground, and who sell their spuds on the fresh market, are benefiting from the...