Local Farmers Fear Stink Bugs During Growing Season | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Local Farmers Fear Stink Bugs During Growing Season

Play associated audio
Leesburg winemaker Doug Fabbioli hopes his merlot will stay stink bug-free.
Armando Trull
Leesburg winemaker Doug Fabbioli hopes his merlot will stay stink bug-free.

Leesburg winemaker Doug Fabbioli is proud of the Bordeaux-style red wines aging in his oak barrels. The last thing he wants is the bouquet of stink bugs in next year's vintage.

"Not only will they hurt the fruit while it's hanging on the vine, but also while were picking the fruit then we have the possibility of them getting into the wine if we're not careful," he says.

Fabbioli and other growers know the smelly bugs have spread to 33 states and destroyed millions of dollars worth of crops.

Virginia Rep. Frank Wolfe will be holding a stink bug summit 7 – 9 p.m. on Monday, April 18 in Purcellville so farmers can learn about the latest techniques to deal with the infestation. The forum is free and open to the public in the auditorium of Woodgrove High School, located at 36811 Allder School Road.

NPR

In Tom Hanks' iPad App, Typewriters Make Triumphant Return (Ding!)

For iPad users who are nostalgic for the clickety-clack of keystrokes and "ding!" of the carriage return, Hanks has created Hanx Writer, an app that simulates using a typewriter.
NPR

New U.S. Rules Protect Giant Bluefin Tuna

To reduce the number of giant bluefin tuna killed by fishing fleets, the U.S. is putting out new rules about commercial fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the western Atlantic.
WAMU 88.5

Jury Deliberating 14 Counts In McDonnell Trial

As of Tuesday afternoon, there is no word yet from the seven men and five women who are deliberating 14 separate counts against the McDonnells.
NPR

The Troubling Implications Of The Celebrity Photo Leak

To learn more about the recent celebrity photo hack, Melissa Block speaks with Matthew Green of Johns Hopkins University. They discuss how the photos might have been obtained.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.