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In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, barrels of wine are moved into storage at Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville, Wash. From less than 20 wineries in 1981, the Washington wine industry has grown to more than 1,000 this year. And the growth is likely to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
November 27, 2019 - 1:27 am
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — When Craig and Vicki Leuthold opened the Maryhill Winery in 2001, there were about 100 wineries in the state of Washington. That number has since exploded to more than 1,000 wineries this year, and the remarkable growth is likely to continue. Maryhill Winery, just south of the...
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In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, barrels of wine are moved into storage at Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville, Wash. From less than 20 wineries in 1981, the Washington wine industry has grown to more than 1,000 this year. And the growth is likely to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
November 27, 2019 - 1:07 am
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — From less than 20 wineries in 1981, the Washington wine industry has grown to more than 1,000 this year. And the growth is likely to continue. Washington is the second-largest producer of premium wines in the United States, trailing only California. The state’s wine industry...
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A wildfire approaches a residential subdivision Oct. 24, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
October 28, 2019 - 11:18 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A wildfire swept through the star-studded hills of Los Angeles on Monday, destroying several large homes and forcing LeBron James and thousands of others to flee. Meanwhile, a blaze in Northern California wine country exploded in size. The flames that roared up a steep hillside...
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In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, a Cosmic Crisp apple, partially coated with a white kaolin clay to protect it from sunburn, is picked at an orchard in Wapato, Wash. The Cosmic Crisp, a new variety and the first-ever bred in Washington state, will be available beginning Dec. 1 and is expected to be a game changer in the apple industry. Already, growers have planted 12 million Cosmic Crisp apple trees, a sign of confidence in the new variety. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
October 19, 2019 - 11:09 am
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — They call it the Cosmic Crisp. It's not a video game, a superhero or the title of a Grateful Dead song. It's a new variety of apple, coming to a grocery store near you on Dec. 1 Cosmic Crisp is the first apple ever bred in the state of Washington, which grows the majority of...
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In this Aug. 21, 2019 photo, instructor Chris Powicki speaks during an interview at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, Mass. Powicki's Offshore Wind 101 classes have drawn nuclear and marina workers, engineers, young people and others hoping for good-paying wind jobs as an alternative to tourism jobs. But as Trump has made clear how much he hates wind turbines, all the offshore wind projects, including the nation's first utility-scale offshore wind project, an 84 turbine, $2.8 billion wind farm slated to rise 15 miles off Martha's Vineyard, have stalled. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
September 30, 2019 - 3:24 pm
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...
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September 26, 2019 - 6:21 pm
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...
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California citrus growers, packers and researchers gather for the opening of a new secure lab dedicated to the search for a cure for a deadly citrus-killing disease in Riverside, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. Growers hope the lab will speed up the search for a cure to the disease, which is spread by a tiny insect and has ravaged groves in Florida and abroad. The lab will be run through a partnership with University of California, Riverside. (AP Photo/Amy Taxin)
September 26, 2019 - 6:09 pm
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — In a lab southeast of Los Angeles, researchers are opening a new front in the yearslong battle against a tiny pest that has wreaked havoc on citrus groves around the world. California citrus growers and packers and the University of California, Riverside on Thursday marked...
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This Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, photo shows a spotted lanternfly at a vineyard in Kutztown, Pa. The spotted lanternfly has emerged as a serious pest since the federal government confirmed its arrival in southeastern Pennsylvania five years ago this week. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
September 26, 2019 - 2:53 am
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...
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In this Aug. 23, 2017, courtesy of Quiet Pictures, Rene Reyes Ornelas, a 41 year-old Mexican farmworker, works picking grapes during his second harvest in Sonoma, Calif. "Harvest Season," a new PBS documentary scheduled to begin airing Monday, May 13, 2019, examines the contributions of Mexican Americans in the wine industry of California's Napa Valley. (Roberto "Bear" Guerra/Quiet Pictures via AP)
May 11, 2019 - 12:50 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — For generations, Mexican-born Gustavo Brambila's family has worked in the wine industry of California's Napa Valley in some form. He went to college on a baseball scholarship but the passion of flowery aromas and crisp peach flavor remained in his soul and he eventually got...
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FILE - In this July 21, 2015, file photo, a nearly ready-to-harvest almond is seen in an orchard in Newman, Calif. On Thursday, May 9, 2019, California regulators are recommending new restrictions on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming babies' brains. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
May 08, 2019 - 2:28 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's most productive agricultural state will ban a widely used pesticide blamed for harming brain development in babies, California officials said Wednesday. The move cheered by environmental groups would outlaw chlorpyrifos (klohr-PY'-rih-fohs) after scientists deemed it...
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