Fruit farming

October 30, 2017 - 10:43 am
STRASBURG, Va. (AP) — Thomas Jefferson may have been Virginia's first winemaker but it took another 200 years for the industry to blossom in the state. Today with 300 wineries, Virginia is the country's fifth-largest wine region. While 70 percent of the state's wineries are in eastern Virginia, it'...
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Wilma Illanes and her daughter Gabriela Cervantes, 8, pose Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Sonoma, Calif. Illanes and her family had to evacuate from there home as a massive wildfire swept through the area last week. While their home was sparred, Illanes, who is a baby sitter, and her husband, who is a landscaper, were both out of work for a work causing them to seek assistance due to the hardship. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
October 21, 2017 - 3:48 pm
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for their lives. Some vineyard owners decided to stay and fight back, spending days digging firebreaks and sleeping among their vines for safety. As the danger drew closer, grape pickers spread word...
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This Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, photo shows orange wine, a Salinia Wine Company 2012 Sonoma County Chalk Hill Pinot Gris, in New York. The unique amber-colored wine is creating a buzz in an industry long dominated by shades of red, white and rose. The orange color comes not from citrus fruit, but by fermenting white wine grapes with their skins on before pressing, a practice that mirrors the way red wines are made. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
October 20, 2017 - 1:12 am
BURDETT, N.Y. (AP) — The sloping vineyards of New York's Finger Lakes region known for producing golden-hued rieslings and chardonnays also are offering a splash of orange wine. The color comes not from citrus fruit, but by fermenting white wine grapes with their skins on before pressing — a...
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In this Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 photo, workers begin repairs to a damaged irrigation pipe at the wildfire-damaged Signorello Estate winery in Napa, Calif. Residents in California wine country are increasingly worried about the ability to pay their bills as wildfires drag on. The state's deadliest group of fires has left many business owners and employees without work or pay for nine days. Business communities are just returning to assess the effect on revenue and jobs. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
October 17, 2017 - 4:56 pm
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Outside one of the first shops to reopen for business on an empty central square in California wine country, clerk Rhiannon Lorenzini swept the sidewalks as the sky cleared of ash more than a week after the state's deadliest group of wildfires ignited. In a wine region that...
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Vineyards are lined up as a wildfire burns on a mountaintop Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
October 10, 2017 - 5:39 pm
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Worried California vintners surveyed the damage to their vineyards and wineries Tuesday after wildfires swept through several counties whose famous names have become synonymous with fine food and drink. At the Gundlach Bundschu in Sonoma County, workers were not sure the...
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October 10, 2017 - 5:04 pm
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A wildfire moves closer to North Tustin homes along the 261 freeway in Tustin, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Deadly wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through California wine country Monday, destroying 1,500 homes and businesses and sending thousands fleeing as flames raged unchecked through high-end resorts, grocery stores and tree-lined neighborhoods. (Cindy Yamanaka/The Orange County Register via AP)
October 10, 2017 - 1:16 am
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 10 p.m. More than 5,000 Southern California homes were evacuated Monday as fire crews struggled to battle a rapidly growing brush fire. The blaze has scorched 6,000 acres and destroyed dozens of structures in Orange County...
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Smoke rises as a wildfire burns in the hills east of Napa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned. (Michael Short/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
October 09, 2017 - 10:29 pm
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Noah Lowry and his family were among those who had to flee from the ferocious series of wildfires in Northern California. Lowry told The Associated Press that he, his two...
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October 09, 2017 - 5:14 pm
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Cranberry farmers in New Jersey are keeping an eye on unseasonably warm fall temperatures as they prepare their harvests. WHYY-FM reports farmers across the southern half of the state are waiting for temperatures to drop. They note cranberries start with a pale...
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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, file photo provided by the Governor's Press Office, Gov. Rick Scott looks out the window of a C-130 as he assesses damage to the Florida Keys during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Irma delivered a serious punch to Florida agriculture but producers and officials have only barely begun to assess the damage to the state’s citrus, sugar cane and vegetable crops. (Jesse Romimora/Governor's Press Office via AP, File)
September 13, 2017 - 12:05 am
Florida fruit growers and farmers have just barely begun to assess the damage Hurricane Irma wrought on the state's citrus, sugar cane and vegetable crops — but they expect it will be significant. With power and communications still out across much of Florida, officials said Tuesday that getting a...
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