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Florida on pace for smallest orange crop in over 75 years

Jan. 19, 2022 11:13 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida is on pace to produce the smallest crop of oranges in more than 75 years, according to a forecast released this month. The Sunshine State is on pace to produce 44.5 million 90-pound boxes of oranges during the current season, according to a forecast...

Packing company settles in former Coca-Cola bottling plant

Jan. 09, 2022 09:06 AM EST

FAIRMONT, W.Va (AP) — When Josh Pearson attended Fairmont State University, he drove by the vacant Coca-Cola bottling plant nearly every day. “I must’ve driven by this place a thousand times, always knowing it as the Coke plant,” Pearson said. “To now be in it is surreal,...

Officials break ground on paper mill, box factory

Dec. 20, 2021 06:43 AM EST

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — Officials have broken ground on a paper mill and box factory in western Kentucky that will create more than 300 jobs. State and local leaders joined Pratt Industries in Henderson last week as construction begins on the $500 million project, according to a...

Hydroponic greenhouse in Goochland could be game changer

Dec. 18, 2021 09:11 AM EST

RICHMOND Va. (AP) — Millions of leafy green plants now growing in a greenhouse in Goochland County have their roots in an idea that was planted almost five years ago. The co-founders of Greenswell Growers, which is producing edible greens at a large indoor farm facility in the West...

State extends nutrition program for low-income seniors

Dec. 05, 2021 09:21 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state of Rhode Island is extending a nutrition program to provide about 2,500 boxes of local seasonal produce to low-income seniors. The state Department of Environmental Management said it was working with the state Office of Healthy Aging...

LA, Long Beach ports delay fines for backlogged cargo

Nov. 15, 2021 20:13 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex will delay fining shipping companies that let cargo containers stack up at terminals. The reprieve comes because of early compliance by companies in clearing cargo since the penalties were approved last month,...

Port of Portland expects set record for shipping containers

Nov. 13, 2021 09:05 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s only container port is operating smoothly even as supply chain disruptions cause cargo ships to back up at other U.S. harbors. The Port of Portland is poised for a record-breaking year with at least 36,700 shipping containers expected...

Company plans $155M pulp factory in Savannah, hiring 117

Nov. 12, 2021 19:15 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A business that looks to turn used cardboard boxes and paper into pulp for export said Friday that it plans a $155 million complex near Savannah, hiring at least 117 people. Celadon Development Corp. said it has already opened a processing facility in...

Food banks embark on expansions with lessons from COVID

Nov. 04, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Food banks across the country are pursuing major expansion projects driven in part by their experiences during the pandemic, when they faced an explosion of need. “So many people who had never had to ask for help found themselves in a position of...

Hidden hunger: Program provides food to hard-to-serve elders

Nov. 01, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — As Marlon Skenandore looks at the hundreds of cars lined up outside the Oneida Food Pantry every other Friday, he sees the need and the appreciation that’s out there for a new Indigenous food program and hopes it can continue in the community. ...