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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 …


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 …


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. …


Wheat Disease Appears In State Discovery Of Karnal Bunt In Plot Near Moses Lake Comes As Unwelcome News To Wheat Industry

Contaminated wheat that triggered a widespread quarantine in the Southwest has been found growing in a tiny plot outside Moses Lake, Wash., federal officials said Tuesday. Officials suspect the field …


Pea, Lentil Production Cut Sharply

Attracted by high-flying wheat prices, Inland Northwest farmers this spring will plant 50,000 fewer acres of peas and lentils, a trade group said Wednesday. Ironically, the move comes on the …


Congress Plows Fresh Ground With New Farm Bill Sweeping Legislation Weans Farmers From Federal Payments Over Seven Years

After 14 months of hog-tied inaction in Congress, the sight of American farmers moving quietly into the fields for spring planting forced politicians to abandon their differences and deliver a …


Grass-Smoke Issue Far From Resolved

It is time to acknowledge that the annual burning of grass-seed fields has an adverse effect on public health. It is also time to acknowledge that if grass-seed growing ends, …


Industry Cites Threat To Land Values, Jobs

Banning grass field burning in Spokane County could reduce farm land values and eliminate dozens of jobs, industry experts said as they recoiled from the state’s surprise announcement Tuesday. It …


State To Ban Grass Burning By 1998 Ecology Director Announces Plan To Reduce Burning 30% This Year

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Apple Growers Push Alar Damage Claim

Rebuffed at every level, Washington state apple growers on Monday will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their claim that a TV broadcast in 1989 disparaged their crop and …


Upbeat Mood Fuels Ag Expo Sales Exhibitors Report Good Returns From Annual Farm Trade Show

Throngs of spectators view Ag Expo exhibits at the Spokane Arena. The show ended a three-day run Thursday. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review


Co-Op Sues Supplier Of Tainted Seed

A bad batch of wheat seeded four years ago by Spokane County farmers has sprouted into a legal dispute over who should pay the estimated $106,101 bill for roguing fields …


Maybe Weeds Are Afraid Of The Dark

Plowing at night can dramatically reduce the number of weeds competing with farm crops. “We have seen reductions in weed emergence as great as 80 percent” after plowing in the …


Colombia Threatens To Quarantine Fruit

Colombia has become the fourth South American country in recent months to threaten a quarantine of Washington fruit allegedly to stop the spread of damaging insects. Kraig Naasz of the …


Survey Shows Peas, Lentils Suffer From Identity Crisis Many Grocers, Food Dealers Clueless About Source Of Legumes

At a time when the Inland Northwest dry pea and lentil industry is sitting on a record crop, a new survey finds that many of the nation’s supermarkets and food …


High Nitrate Levels Found In Farm Counties’ Wells Worst Contamination Where Most Fertilizer Used, Usgs Reports

One-fifth of the domestic and public water supply wells in east-central Washington have been measured with unsafe levels of nitrates, according to a new federal survey. The worst contamination is …


Sugar Refinery To Be Built Near Moses Lake Partnership With Holly Sugar Corp. Marks Long-Awaited Return Of Industry To Eastern Washington

After 19 years and several false alarms, the sugar industry will return to Moses Lake in 1998, officials said Monday. Columbia River Sugar Co., a local cooperative of 30 farmers, …


Dairy Owner Sentenced For Tax Evasion

Michael Cameron, the former owner of Foremost Dairies in Spokane, has been sentenced to 21 months in jail for tax evasion and ordered to pay $2.2 million to U.S. Bank, …


Big Bucks On The Bogs

Kathy and David Aase have sweet visions of cranberries dancing through their heads. It’s harvest time in the cranberry bogs of the Long Beach Peninsula and near-record harvests of cranberries …


Farmers Urged To Plant More Usda’s Moos Says World Food Supplies Are Low

Rising world demand for basic commodities such as wheat is likely to convert U.S. farming into a market-driven industry that’s far less dependent on government subsidies, a top agriculture official …


Gop To Revise Federal Erosion Guidelines

Republican legislators, who promised farmers less regulation in exchange for fewer federal subsidies, are preparing to do both. House Republicans plan to rewrite parts of the nation’s farm bill, which …


Wheat Makes Big Economic Impact

The annual wheat crop pumps $1.02 billion into the Eastern Washington economy, and provides nearly 3,400 jobs in Spokane, says a Washington State University study. Farmers export nearly 90 percent …