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Wildfires in West affect wine grape harvest in Yakima Valley

Sep. 28, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Wine grape growers in Washington state have said grapes this year have a better flavor and color than previous years, but it is unclear how many can be salvaged from smoke damage from nearby wildfires. Yakima Valley farmers said their harvests are expected to come in below anticipated...

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, a plume rises over a vineyard in unincorporated Napa County, Calif., as the Hennessey Fire burns. Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation’s most celebrated wine regions. The resulting ashy flavor could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Wildfires taint West Coast vineyards with taste of smoke

Sep. 24, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

TURNER, Ore. (AP) — Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation's most celebrated wine regions with an ashy flavor that could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. Wineries in California, Oregon and Washington have survived severe wildfires before, but the smoke from this...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo, a black bear saunters across a busy street in downtown Juneau, Alaska. A larger than normal number of young bears and dwindling natural food supply for them are forcing the animals to head for Juneau's garbage with unusual frequency, a wildlife official said. KTOO Public Media reports that a poor berry crop and lackluster salmon runs mean more bears are looking for food among the city's trash. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

More young bears, less food send them to Juneau’s garbage

Sep. 21, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A larger than normal number of young bears and dwindling natural food supply for them are forcing the animals to head for Juneau's garbage with unusual frequency, a wildlife official said. A poor berry crop and lackluster salmon runs this year mean more bears are looking for food...

FILE - In this July 27, 2012 file photo, wild blueberries await harvesting in Warren, Maine. The state's wild blueberry crop suffered in 2020 due to drought and a lack of labor caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Maine blueberry industry reels from drought, frost, virus

Sep. 19, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A late spring frost, a devastating drought and labor troubles wrought by the coronavirus pandemic conspired to make 2020 a difficult year for the wild blueberry producers who harvest the fruit in the nation's northeastern corner. America's producers of wild blueberries are largely...

Workers harvest Petit Verdot grapes in the vineyard of Casale del Giglio, in Latina, near Rome, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.  Change can come slowly to Italy’s centuries-old wine industry, but in a matter of months the global pandemic radically altered the path from vine to table, beginning with the fall harvest. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

AP PHOTOS: Italian grape harvest plows on through pandemic

Sep. 19, 2020 3:45 AM EDT

LATINA, Italy (AP) — Change can come slowly to Italy’s centuries-old wine industry, but the coronavirus pandemic has radically altered the path from vine to table in a matter of months, beginning with the fall harvest. At the Casale Del Giglio winery in the Agro Pontino area south of Rome, a group...

High winds and wildfires reduce nation's largest apple crop

Sep. 16, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington's apple crop will be up to 10% smaller than expected because wildfires and extreme windstorms have battered orchards in recent weeks, the Washington Apple Commission said Wednesday. Washington supplies 65% of the nation's fresh apple crop each year, and the commission in...

FILE - In this March 1968 file photo, New York Mets pitcher Tom Seaver poses for a photo, location not known. Seaver, the galvanizing leader of the Miracle Mets 1969 championship team and a pitcher who personified the rise of expansion teams during an era of radical change for baseball, has died. He was 75. The Hall of Fame said Wednesday night, Sept. 2, 2020, that Seaver died on Aug. 31 from complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19. (AP Photo, File)

Tom Seaver, heart and mighty arm of Miracle Mets, dies at 75

Sep. 3, 2020 1:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Seaver transformed a franchise and captivated a city, setting enduring standards as he whipped his powerful right arm overhead for the Miracle Mets and dirtied his right knee atop major league mounds for two decades. A consummate pro and pitching icon, he finished fulfilled after a...

FILE - In the March 28, 2017, file photo, wines from the Next Chapter Winery, of New Prague, Minn., and Alexis Bailly Vineyard, of Hastings, Minn., are displayed at a news conference outside the federal courthouse in Minneapolis. A federal judge struck down a Minnesota law Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, that required wineries in the frosty state to use mostly Minnesota-grown grapes, in a ruling that could have implications for other cold-climate wine-producing states. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski, File)

Judge allows Minnesota wineries to use out-of-state grapes

Sep. 1, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has struck down a Minnesota law that required wineries in the frosty state to use mostly Minnesota-grown grapes, in a ruling that could have implications for other cold-climate wine-producing states. U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright ruled Monday that the state Farm...

A plume rises over a vineyard in unincorporated Napa County as the Hennessey Fire burns on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Fire crews across the region scrambled to contain dozens of blazes sparked by lightning strikes as a statewide heat wave continues. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires again threaten business in California wine country

Aug. 30, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — With an early harvest already underway, a wildfire a few miles west of John Bucher's ranch added new urgency to getting his pinot noir grapes off the vine. If flames didn't do any damage to the delicate fruit, ash and smoke certainly could. Bucher hired an extra crew, and they...

Farms pay $325K to settle guest worker mistreatment claims

Aug. 25, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Two farms in Washington state have agreed to pay $325,000 to settle accusations that they mistreated foreign guest workers. Green Acre Farms and Valley Fruit Orchards of Yakima County have reached an agreement to end years of litigation with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity...