Agriculture

In this March 28, 2020, photo, a pile of ripe squash sits in a field, in Homestead, Fla. Thousands of acres of fruits and vegetables grown in Florida are being plowed over or left to rot because farmers can't sell to restaurants, theme parks or schools nationwide that have closed because of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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April 08, 2020 - 10:31 am
PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — Mounds of harvested zucchini and yellow squash ripened and then rotted in the hot Florida sun. Juicy tomatoes were left to wither — unpicked — in farmers' fields. Thousands of acres of fruits and vegetables grown in Florida are being plowed over or left to rot because farmers...
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In this April 6, 2020, photo, Jiang Yuewu talks about his crop of aquatic tubers known as lotus roots in the Huangpi district of Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. Stuck in the same bind as many other Chinese farmers whose crops are rotting in their fields, Jiang is preparing to throw out a 500-ton harvest of lotus root because anti-coronavirus controls are preventing traders from getting to his farm near Wuhan, where the global pandemic started. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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April 07, 2020 - 3:27 am
HUANGPI, China (AP) — Stuck in the same bind as many other Chinese farmers whose crops are rotting in their fields, Jiang Yuewu is preparing to throw out a 500-ton harvest of lotus root because anti-coronavirus controls are preventing traders from getting to his farm near Wuhan, where the global...
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A Hindu woman wearing a mask shops for religious items on the eve of the Hindu festival Navratri in Prayagraj, India, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday announced a total lockdown of the country of 1.3 billion people to contain the new coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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April 01, 2020 - 2:47 pm
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Rukmani Sharma fears the virus that has turned the world upside down. But as a devout Hindu, she also fears for her soul. COVID-19 restrictions mean that the 71-year-old woman won't be allowed to go to temple Thursday to celebrate the birthday of the Hindu god Ram, and she...
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In this March 24, 2020, photo, farmworkers keep their distance from each other as they work at the Heringer Estates Family Vineyards and Winery in Clarksburg, Calif. Farms continue to operate as essential businesses that supply food to California and much of the country as schools, restaurants and stores shutter over the coronavirus. But some workers are anxious about the virus spreading among them and their families. Steve Heringer, general manager of the 152-year-old family owned business said workers now have more hand sanitizer and already use their own gloves for field work. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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March 28, 2020 - 11:29 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Salvador Calzadillas isn't worried about catching the coronavirus when he's picking mandarin oranges in the trees in central California. But he said the mere act of getting to the groves each day puts him and his wife, also a farmworker, at risk, and there’s nothing they...
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FILE - In this April 3, 1944, file photo Bofors guns used by the Army and Navy are shown lined up at the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio. Not since World War II when factories converted from making automobiles to making tanks, Jeeps and torpedos has the entire nation been asked to truly sacrifice for a greater good. (AP Photo, File)
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March 25, 2020 - 4:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — For most Americans alive today, the idea of shared national sacrifice is a collective abstraction, a memory handed down from a grandparent or passed on through a book or movie. Not since World War II, when people carried ration books with stamps that allowed them to purchase meat...
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A seasonal worker from Rumania harvests asparagus on a field of farmer Henning Hoffheinz near Genthin, Germany, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Last year, German farmers employed nearly 300,000 seasonal workers but as more and more European Union countries have restricted or stopped crossings of their usually near-invisible borders because of the coronavirus outbreak, Hoffheinz and others are left wondering how they will bring in their crops this year. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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March 24, 2020 - 5:13 am
GENTHIN, Germany (AP) — Asparagus grower Henning Hoffheinz is looking at blue skies, a record-early harvest – and a big problem. The harvest of white asparagus – a ubiquitous and cherished fixture on springtime menus in Germany, frequently slathered in rich Hollandaise sauce – is providing a first...
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In this Jan. 30, 2020 image provided by Zach Bryan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Maggie Dwire carries a Mexican gray wolf from a helicopter after it was captured near Reserve, New Mexico, during an annual survey of the endangered species. The Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday, March 18 announced the result of a latest survey, saying there are at least 163 wolves in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona. That marks a nearly 25% jump in the population from the previous year. (Zach Bryan via AP)
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March 21, 2020 - 4:21 am
THE EDGE OF THE GILA WILDERNESS, N.M. (AP) — A voice interrupted the crackle of the radio at basecamp: “Starting pursuit.” The rest of the team on the ground was anxious to hear those words after the low-flying helicopter crew had been working all morning to get close to one of the Mexican gray...
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In this photo taken Thursday, March 19, 2020, farm worker Evans Makori pulls a handcart of roses to be thrown away at Maridadi Flowers farm in Naivasha, Kenya. With lockdowns and border restrictions around the world because of the coronavirus, the multibillion dollar flower industry in countries such as Kenya and the Netherlands has slumped. For many people the new coronavirus pandemic causes mild or moderate symptoms but for some it can cause severe illness.(AP Photo/Patrick Ngugi)
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March 20, 2020 - 5:17 am
LISSE, Netherlands (AP) — The pots of chrysanthemums stacked in Henk van der Slot’s barn in the Netherlands bulb fields were supposed to decorate St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican over Easter. But with border restrictions and lockdowns spreading around the globe as governments fight the coronavirus...
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March 15, 2020 - 11:09 am
Meat companies are making it easier for you to eat your vegetables by blending them into burgers, meatballs and sausages. Applegate is introducing a line of meat-and-veggie burgers and meatballs at grocery stores next month. Tyson Foods is already selling a beef and pea protein patty as well as...
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In this photo taken March 6, 2020, Dionisio Romero, owner of a dragon fruit farm checks that the plants are free of some pests at his estate La Voluntad de Dios in El Progreso, Ecuador. As the coronavirus wreaks economic havoc worldwide, the farmer has watched demand for his fruit plummet and prices drop to astonishing lows, wiping away much of the profit he might normally expect. (AP Photo/Marcos Pin)
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March 11, 2020 - 1:37 pm
PROGRESO, Ecuador (AP) — For years, Dionisio Romero has relied for his livelihood on a magenta-colored dragon fruit that is wildly popular in Asia, planting dozens of the spindly trees at his farm near Ecuador’s Pacific coast. But as the coronavirus wreaks economic havoc worldwide, the 72-year-old...
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