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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...

For 'ice wine' vintners, frigid temps are reason to rejoice

Jan. 16, 2022 14:46 PM EST

OVID, N.Y. (AP) — While the vast majority of New Yorkers are hunkering down to ride out frigid temperatures and snow blasts from the latest winter storm, others are seizing on the opportunity to ... pick grapes? One Finger Lakes-area winemaker jokingly calls it “insanity,” but...

Farmer dies after falling into grain bin near Wentzville

Jan. 14, 2022 14:58 PM EST

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A St. Charles County farmer died after he fell into a grain bin and was trapped, authorities said. The body of Paul Hepperman, 75, was recovered Friday from a grain bin on his farm near Wentzville. Hepperman apparently was trying to unclog the...

Owners to get $42 million for citrus trees Florida destroyed

Jan. 14, 2022 13:08 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sixteen years after their legal battle began, about 18,000 homeowners in central Florida will be paid more than $42 million collectively by the state of Florida for destroying their citrus trees during an effort to eradicate a harmful citrus disease. The...

Strawberry shortcake could become Florida's state dessert

Jan. 12, 2022 17:07 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida already has an official state pie — key lime — but might soon designate strawberry shortcake as the official state dessert. The House Public Integrity & Elections Committee unanimously approved a bill Wednesday to bestow the honor on...

Property at Boscawen dairy farm to be protected as cropland

Jan. 10, 2022 02:04 AM EST

BOSCAWEN, N.H. (AP) — More than 120 acres at a nearly century-old dairy farm in Boscawen is going to be protected as cropland. The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests announced Friday it worked with the town to buy a conservation easement for the property. ...

Maine governor vetoes bill to allow farm workers to unionize

Jan. 08, 2022 09:40 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor has vetoed a bill that would have given farm workers in the state the right to unionize, citing the possibility of heaping new costs on an already struggling agriculture sector. The Maine Legislature passed the proposal, which...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jan. 06, 2022 14:28 PM EST

Post and Courier. January 4, 2022. Editorial: As one housing innovator retires, Charleston must keep innovating By some measures, Charleston’s housing crisis is as severe as ever, as increasingly more workers across the city (and region) have a harder time finding a...

Air1 chooses Berry Farms for new headquarters

Jan. 02, 2022 00:05 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Educational Media Foundation, the parent company of contemporary Christian radio networks K-LOVE and Air1, is officially relocating its global headquarters to the Berry Farms community in southern Franklin. The company announced its move to the Nashville...

New Year's tradition: Checking out man's lawn designs

Jan. 01, 2022 10:01 AM EST

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man welcomes the new year in a unique way — by cutting designs into his lawn. Arthur Brown is known in his Alexandria neighborhood for the designs he creates in the strip of lawn in front of his house. He's been doing this for 25 years, The Town...