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This May 13, 2016 photo shows a Japanese plum tree photographed in a Langley, Wash., orchard. Miniature trees have become a popular way to grow fruit in backyards. Dwarf and semi-dwarf trees, like this Japanese plum tree are smaller than the standard varieties but faster to mature and produce. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

“Smaller trees are more efficient for labor. They’re also more efficient for space,” said Michael Parker, an extension horticulture specialist and associate professor at North Carolina A&T State University. “Why put up one tree when you can plant six small trees with lots of apple varieties? If you lose one tree, it’s no big deal. You’ll have other trees producing.”


“You can’t sell it, but it’s still a good squash and somebody can use it,” said Larry Eckhardt, who grows pumpkins, corn and other crops on his 1,100-acre farm in Rensselaer County. “To me as a farmer, and as a fellow resident of Earth, we need to help out whenever we can. Because there are some truly needy people out there.”


The Oak Brook, Illinois-based company said Wednesday it received limited reports of potential skin irritations that may be associated with the bands, which look like step counters. Terri Hickey, a McDonald’s representative, said in an email that McDonald’s is “fully investigating this issue” and that restaurants are “offering our youngest guests an alternative Happy Meal toy.”


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