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Washington reaches 1,000 winery licenses

Oct. 17, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's wine industry reached a major milestone when it surpassed 1,000 active winery licenses recently. In the early 1980s there were only 20 wineries in the state. The number reached 74 by 2000 and has grown dramatically since. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis...

Industry experts say apple, hop, grape harvests on track

Oct. 5, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state hop, apple and wine growers have announced they are expecting to at least meet production levels from last year's fall harvests. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that crop experts have prepared to meet hop and wine grape numbers from 2018 while surpassing apple...

President's windmill hatred is a worry for booming industry

Sep. 30, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. (AP) — The winds are blowing fair for America's wind power industry, making it one of the fastest-growing U.S. energy sources. Land-based turbines are rising by the thousands across America, from the remote Texas plains to farm towns of Iowa. And the U.S. wind boom now is expanding...

Correction: Swamp Rodent Invasion story

Sep. 26, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — In a story Sept. 25 about swamp rodents, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Central Valley is an agricultural region 130 miles (210 kilometers) north of Sacramento. The Central Valley region spans about 400 miles (645 kilometers) from Redding to Bakersfield,...

Stomp and squish: Pennsylvanians battle 'nightmare' bugs

Sep. 26, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) — In the Great Spotted Lanternfly War, Pennsylvania's citizen-soldiers are fighting back with fly swatters and vacuums, dish soap and sticky tape. They're stomping and spraying and zapping and bragging about their kills on social media. "DESTROY THEM," a propaganda poster urges. "Die,...

Farmers hurt by Hurricane Michael now able to apply for aid

Sep. 11, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers in Georgia who suffered losses from Hurricane Michael nearly a year ago may soon get federal money to help with recovery. News outlets report applications opened Wednesday for farmers in roughly 80 counties. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Monday the state received $3...

No-spray zones divide French farmers from anxious neighbors

Sep. 11, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — When tractors laden with pesticides and other chemicals start spraying the vineyards that produce fruity Bordeaux wines, Marie-Lys Bibeyran's phone starts to ring. "People call me and say, 'I was on my terrace having lunch and we had to rush inside, the kids were in the swimming pool,'" says...

Like wine from France's Rhone Valley? Head to Walla Walla

Sep. 9, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — Southeastern Washington has been producing high-quality wines for decades. But in the past five years, the wineries of the Walla Walla Valley have drawn international accolades for the reds — particularly syrahs — produced from the unique soil just across the border...

From a past of pigeons, Hegins Park now thrives on wine

Sep. 7, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

HEGINS, Pa. (AP) — From shooting pigeons to sipping Chardonnay, supporters of the Hegins Park bore witness to a transforming period over the last 20 years. The Fred Coleman Memorial Labor Day Pigeon Shoot ended with the 65th annual event in 1998, and over the past two decades, community leaders have...

Federal judge: Oregon pot racketeering lawsuit can proceed

Sep. 6, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a racketeering lawsuit brought by a vineyard against a neighboring marijuana operation can go forward despite attempts to have it dismissed — a ruling that could increase the odds for vineyards and other agricultural businesses that have fought the...