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Robotic fruit pickers may help orchards with worker shortage

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Harvesting Washington state’s vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States. That system eventually could change dramatically as at least two companies are rushing to get robotic fruit-picking machines to market. The robotic pickers don’t …

In Mexico, fears a new plant will kill wastewater farming

TEPATEPEC, Mexico (AP) — For more than 100 years, most of what gets flushed down Mexico City’s toilets has resurfaced two hours to the north in the rivers and reservoirs of the rural Mezquital Valley. A massive new water treatment plant is about to change this. But rather than welcoming …

Zimbabwe opens tobacco-selling season for financial boost

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has officially opened its tobacco-selling season, with hopes that the crop can help ease the country’s financial problems. The governor of Zimbabwe’s central bank, John Mangudya, says the southern African nation earns about $800 million a year from tobacco. Hundreds of farmers are waiting to …

Farm to table: A bit tricky in winter, but in high demand

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Demand driven by the farm-to-table movement knows no seasons, so farmers in colder areas of the country increasingly use greenhouses and similar structures to meet wintertime demand for local produce. While crusty snow and ice covers the ground in January in Vermont, spinach leaves sprout in …

Can mistake that ruined majestic Kashmir lake be fixed?

WULAR LAKE, India (AP) — Tucked within Kashmir’s Himalayan foothills sits a freshwater lake that was once among Asia’s largest. Long an inspiration to poets, beloved by kings, Wular Lake has been reduced in places to a fetid and stinking swamp. Just the sight of it makes Mohammed Subhan Dar …

When king ascended, Thailand wasn’t even Thailand

  BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand has undergone a dramatic transformation over King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 70-year reign, largely propelled by one of the world’s fastest-growing economies and a willingness to open up to the outside world. Some of the changes since the king ascended the throne in 1946, when the kingdom …