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Monday, December 10, 2018  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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 …


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, …


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

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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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Northwest Cattle, Dairy Industries Carry Financial Clout But Apples, Spuds Remain Top Crops For Washington, Idaho Farmers

Despite the attention Washington apples and Idaho potatoes garner, the cattle and dairy industries play as big or bigger roles in both state’s farm pictures. Apples remained the top commodity …


Apple Growers Expect Higher Profits Smaller Harvest Of Higher Quality Seen This Fall

State growers produced fewer apples of higher quality this year, and are hoping for bigger profits after two lean years. “This is the year it’s all going to pay off,” …


Canadian Wheat Cap Expires

A cap used by the Clinton administration to curb Canadian grain imports ends today, worrying U.S. wheat growers that the states soon will be awash in Canadian durum for pasta, …


Eu Extends Halt On Grain Subsidies

The European Union has extended its halt on grain export subsidies until Oct. 12, commercial exporters said. The Agricultural Committee of the EU made the decision Thursday in Brussels, according …


We Must Not Let Family Farms Slip Away

When I was a boy growing up in Texas, I was told that farmers were the backbone of our community. The theory was, if the farms were doing well, the …


Slightly Smaller Crop Of Apples Expected

Washington state apple growers could harvest 84.2 million boxes of fruit this year, the second-largest on record, a pair of shipping organizations said. A combined report released Thursday by the …


Green Bluff Growers Begin Peach Harvest

Green Bluff orchards north of Spokane have begun to harvest early peaches, orchardist Mark Morrell said Thursday. The U-pick fruit, which will sell for 45 cents to 50 cents a …