Nov. 30 Ag Briefs


Police: Grinch steals 3 colorful Christmas trees from farm

ROME, N.Y. (AP) — State police are looking for the Grinch who stole three painted Christmas trees from a central New York farm.

Troopers say the trees were reported stolen Monday from a field at Henderberg’s Christmas Tree Farm in Rome in Oneida County. Police say the trees — two blue ones and a turquoise — are worth $240.

Owner Jay Henderberg told The Post-Standard of Syracuse this is the first year he has experimented with coloring his Christmas trees using a spray-painted food-grade dye. Henderberg says he was inspired by colorful artificial trees sold at department stores.

Kentucky farmer, 71, dies in ATV roll-over incident

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a Kentucky man has died in a farming accident.

The Paducah Sun reports Graves County sheriff’s deputies found 71-year-old Ronald Alderdice under an all-terrain vehicle on Monday around 11 a.m.

Sheriff Dewayne Redmon said in a Facebook post that deputies responded to an area near Alderdice’s residence between the Cuba and Lynnville communities. Redmon says Alderdice was found under an all-terrain vehicle and later pronounced dead by the county coroner’s office.

College donates lettuce, fish, grown in aquaponics systems

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire’s Agricultural Experiment Station has donated almost 5,000 heads of lettuce and 1,100 pounds of fish grown in aquaponics systems this year to food pantries and other places. The donations also include fish carcasses sent to lobster fishermen in Portsmouth and/or composted at a research farm; 44 boxes of tomatoes; 28 boxes of peppers; and 400 pounds of squash.

The food was grown as part of experiment station-funded research, much of which aims to develop nutritious, good-tasting food varieties ideal for the state’s growing conditions. UNH says it expects to produce 750 heads of lettuce per week from three new recirculating farm greenhouses at a research farm, which also will initially produce 500 to 600 pounds of fish per year.