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Wheat Fungus Found In Oregon Seeds

A wheat fungus that has forced a quarantine of Arizona’s wheat crop might have been found in seed samples from Oregon, state and federal officials said Friday. Testing of Oregon …


Irs Policy May Damage Area Farmers Timing Of Crop Sales Unsure

A fight over whether farmers can continue their long-standing practice of deferring taxable income from the sale of crops to future years has erupted in Eastern Washington. With the Internal …


Freeze Sends Chill Through Wine Industry Another Severe Winter Could Wipe Out Some Grape Growers

Wine-grape growers say they need a mild winter to enable their vineyards to recover from devastating damage suffered in last February’s extended subzero freeze. “The wineries, I don’t think, will …


California Bans Affirmative Action, Eases Pot Use

Putting a polarizing campaign behind them, Californians moved decisively Tuesday to dismantle state affirmative action programs, passing a ballot measure that bans racial and sex preferences in public hiring, contracting …


Dust Storm Peril Grows Soil Conservation Policy Shift May Leave Thousands Of Acres Of Eastern Washington Farmland Exposed To Wind Erosion

1. Blowing in the wind. Federal air quality expert Mike Klunglund demonstrated how easily tilled soil west of Spokane can be picked up by the wind. Photo by Liz Kishimoto/The …


Apple Packers Rehire Six Union Activists

Yakima and Wenatchee apple workers who claimed they were fired for trying to organize a union have been reinstated, the Teamsters Local 760 said Tuesday. Six workers who lost their …


Taking The Wraps Off

Apple grower Pat Brandt removes the first part of a two-layered bag from a Fuji apple as growers across Washington prepare for harvest. The bags, placed on each Fuji apple …


Passion Fruit Apple Growing In Valley Has Declined Over The Years, But Remaining Orchardists In Love With Their Business

1. Crunchy crop. 2. High atop his ladder, Dan Finney picks MacIntosh apples in his orchard. He prefers to do his own picking rather than have customers risk injury. Photo …


Indictments Possible For Adm Officers

Federal prosecutors are considering price-fixing indictments against Archer Daniels Midland Co. and two top executives, the company for the first time confirmed. A proxy statement sent Thursday to shareholders in …


Vandals Plague Otis Orchard Farmer Who Just Wants To Grow Crops In Peace

David Kinyon stands in his field that has been frequently damaged by vandals. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review


Washington Wheat Crop Sets Record Plentiful Rain, Larger Acreage Credited For Bumper Harvest

Washington farmers harvested the fourth-largest wheat crop in the nation, reaping a record 182.7 million bushels, officials said Wednesday. Plentiful rainfall and a larger-than-normal number of acres planted combined to …


Spud Growers Face Mixed Outlook Market For Processing Potatoes Is Stronger Than For Fresh Spuds

Eastern Washington potato farmers whose spuds are bound for processing plants are expecting a good year, but growers whose potatoes end up fresh on supermarket shelves face low prices. “Potato …


Strong Grain Prices Boost Values Of Farmland

Some of the bulls in this year’s grain rally aren’t buying corn and soybeans. They’re snapping up the land itself. As corn prices this summer raced to record highs, farmland …


Police Open Fire On Coca Farmers, 2 Killed

Soldiers opened fire Friday on thousands of coca farmers protesting government plans to destroy their crops. Two farmers were killed, medical workers said. Another 22 people were wounded by shots …


Burning Reduction Upheld Ruling Will Cut Grass Burning By 33 Percent

Washington’s air pollution appeals board has upheld a state emergency rule slashing bluegrass field burning by 33 percent this year. The Pollution Control Hearings Board refused to grant a Whitman …


Farmers Embrace New Options Farm Bill Provides Incentive For Growers To Experiment

‘The sky’s the limit.’ The new Federal farm bill has encouraged farmers like Tracy Eriksen to diversity. Ericksen has added corn, peas and beans to his Palouse wheat farm. Photo …


Getting Back To Basics Interest In Organic Farming Has Hit Idaho In A Big Way

1. Scratching it out. Organic farmer Steve Leslie watches his horse-drawn hay rake fill as he crisscrosses a hayfield Wednesday at Cedar Mountain ranch. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review 2. …


Money For His Honey With 400 Hives In Service, Apiarist Keeps As Busy As A …

1. Business abuzz. James Weyen, left, blows smoke on a hive while his daughter Elizabeth opens a box northeast of Spokane. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review 2. Bees gather around …


Nw Wheat Dealers Face Quality Issue

While the Pacific Northwest spent 60 years building a grain export system founded on government supports, Canada and Australia were preparing for the wide-open, unsubsidized trade of the 1990s. That …


High Prices Spell Trouble Risky ‘Hedge-To-Arrive’ Contracts Leave Some Farmers Vulnerable

Champaign, Ill., farmer David Albin is among thousands of farmers who stand to lose money because of high grain prices that have triggered a multimillion-dollar plague of financial losses and …


Farmers May Get Tax Shelter

Farmers flush with cash from high-priced crops and taxpayer subsidies would get a $40,000 income tax shelter under a proposal by Rep. George Nethercutt, R-Spokane. Nethercutt Wednesday proposed a “rainy …


Excessive Rainfall May Damage Wheat

Blessed with abundant rainfall, farmers working the dryland fields west of Spokane were hoping for a record wheat crop this year. But the curses of too much wet weather - …


Farmers Embrace New Program Most Growers Expected To Sign Seven-Year Contract With Government

For Tom Pottratz and thousands of Inland Northwest farmers, next week marks the end of 60 years of government interference and the beginning of seven years of freedom. No longer …


Bumper Wheat Crop Expected Northwest In ‘Great Position,’ But Midwest Farmers Hurting

As Midwest farmers plow under drought-ravaged fields, Washington farmers expect to harvest the second-largest winter wheat crop in history. And in Idaho, where much of the fall-planted winter wheat is …


Craig Accused Of Woolly Thinking Idaho Senator’s Support Of Sheep Industry Blasted By Conservative Columnist George Will

Conservative columnist George Will criticized Idaho Sen. Larry Craig in an article in this week’s Newsweek magazine, saying Craig’s support for a $20 million sheep industry program conflicts with his …


Beef Market Turns Bearish Rising Cost Of Feed, Low Beef Prices Put Cattle Ranchers In A Bind

On the horns of a dilemma. Greenacres cattle ranchers Del and Kathleen Carstens have trimmed their herd to 18 cows and calves and say the beef market is about as …


Wheat’s Future In Farmers’ Hands

Wheat farmers face an agonizing transition, and wishful longing for the past won’t make the future go away. After 60 years of dependence on federal subsidies, our region’s leading industry …


Farm Prices Concern Wall Street Sharp Increase May Set Stage For Jump In Cost Of Food

Drought, freeze damage and insect pests in the Midwest have contributed to dwindling grain stocks and rising prices. Farmers such as Lynden Speer of Viola, Kan., have been forced to …


Battle To Contain Wheat Fungus Being Launched In Arizona Fields

A fungus spotted during a routine seed inspection has prompted a government mobilization at a cost of millions of dollars to prevent the problem from spreading out of the Southwest. …


Tainted Washington Wheat Patch To Be Destroyed State, Federal Officials Scramble To Ensure Safety Of State Grain Crop From Karnal Bunt

A wheat field contaminated with a fungus previously found only in the Southwest will be plowed under or chemically sterilized, state and federal agriculture officials said Wednesday. The officials acted …