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Uncertain Harvest High Wheat Prices Could Mean Farmers Send Checks To Feds

Who says farmers are a drain on taxpayers? Farmers this year may be writing checks to the federal government. In a strange twist of fate that comes in a critical …


Undertain Harvest A Cornucopia Of Help 6.2 Million Americans Benefit From 33 Ag Support Programs

Federal farm supports go to 6.2 million Americans through 33 programs. Here’s how the biggest programs work and what they cost in Washington and Idaho during the past 10 years: …


Exporters Increase Dirty Grain Fines

Portland grain exporters have announced huge penalties on farmers and country elevators who deliver dirty grain to market, saying Japan, Korea and other foreign buyers are demanding clean wheat from …


Wheat Price Climbs To 14-Year High

Wheat prices rocketed Monday, with some varieties reaching the highest level since February 1981, as farmers held back grain in hope of even higher prices. “Nobody wants to sell,” said …


Hail Storm Clobbers Area Crops Extensive Damage Turns Boom Year Into Bust For Some Growers

Blasting, razor-sharp ice shards that hailed down Sunday on the Inland Northwest have shredded what could have been a banner year for many farmers. From Whitman County, where officials Wednesday …


Apple Exports To Taiwan Threatened New Rules On Pest Inspections Could Cut Sales To Asian Nation

Eight Western senators urged the Clinton administration Friday to press Taiwan to drop pending regulations on imported apples. They said the new rules on pest inspections threaten Washington state’s biggest …


Secretary Glickman Will Visit On Friday

Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman will visit Spokane and a Rockford wheat farm Friday as part of a tour of Northwest agriculture and forest lands, officials said Tuesday. Larry Albin, …


$3.5 Million Awarded To Boost Apple Sales

Taxpayers will spend $3.5 million this year to promote sales of Washington apples overseas - an investment that more than pays for itself, the Washington Apple Commission said. The commission …


Idle Lands Work For Nature The Federal Conservation Reserve Program Makes Common Ground For Unlikely Allies

(From Outdoors & Travel section, Sunday, June 18, 1995:) The Outdoors story on the Conservation Reserve Program last Sunday incorrectly reported the amount farmers enrolled in the federal program receive …


Farmers Likely To Take Cuts Idaho Delegation Seeking Some Guarantees, However

Idaho congressmen Michael Crapo and Helen Chenoweth face some tough choices. They want to cut government spending and balance the budget, but they also want to protect the farm programs …


Wet Spring Boosts Produce Prices California Flooding Blamed For Big Hike In Cost Of Veggies

Maxine Potwora examines organic peppers grown in California at a Batavia, N.Y., supermarket. Soggy West Coast weather has caused produce prices to soar nationwide. Photo by Associated Press


North Korea Asks Japan For Emergency Rice Grain Shortages Force Communist Government To Make Request Its Neighbor Isn’t Likely To Fulfill

Putting hunger before ideology, the communist government of North Korea asked its leading capitalist neighbor, Japan, for emergency rice supplies Friday. A visiting North Korean delegation told Japanese political leaders …


Apple Sales To Mexico Snap Back Stabilizing Peso Sets Stage For Increased Exports Of Fruit

Sales of Washington apples to Mexican consumers are dramatically lower this year as a result of the economic nosedive the peso took last December, officials say. Total sales have been …


Ag Subsidy Change Offered

Federal crop subsidies, acreage idling, export subsidies and import quotas should be scrapped in favor of a simple revenue safety net for farmers, a think tank with ties to moderate …


Sowing For Diversity WSU Seed Bank Preserving Crop Plant Varieties

Dr. Rich Hannen of Washington State University stands in the seed repository where seeds of thousands of strains of beans, chickpeas, beets and other plants are preserved in cans kept …


Corn Farmers Lose Oxygenated-Gas Fight

In a blow to farmers, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that the government can’t require corn-based ethanol as an additive in a cleaner-burning gasoline now sold in 17 states. …


Grass Farmers Restrict Themselves Will Hold Burning To Weekdays Despite New Law That Allows Unlimited Authority

Despite a new law that gives them nearly unlimited authority to burn fields this summer, Spokane County grass farmers said Thursday that they will restrict themselves to a 45-day window …


Fungicide Found In Some Potatoes

The Idaho Potato Commission says routine tests have turned up tiny amounts of an unregistered fungicide on certain fresh Idaho potatoes. The amounts are far below food safety levels for …


Farmers Warned To Expect Deep Subsidy Cuts Farm Bureau Federation Chief Sees Fierce Battle Over Budget

Congressional budget committees on May 8 will tell Congress how much it can spend on farm subsidies through the year 2002 - and it may be bloody, the president of …


Clinton Tells Farmers He’ll Defend Subsidies

Clinton listens to a participant in Tuesday’s rural conference. Photo by Associated Press


Uncertain Harvest Tobacco Taking Heat In Farm Debate Despite Popular Belief, The Crop Isn’t Subsidized By Government

It’s a countrified urban legend. Tobacco growers, so the story goes, have it easy.


Dairy Farmers Reject Subsidies Federation Calls For Elimination Of Federal Program

In a break from other commodity groups who are fighting to keep federal subsidies, dairy farmers say they would be better off without the government’s milk money. Appearing Thursday in …


Uncertain Harvest: An Occasional Series About Farming’s Future U.S. Pays For Food In Many Ways Cuts Would Kick Supports Out From Under Farmers

Balanced on a three-legged stool of government subsidies, Inland Northwest grain farms are especially vulnerable to proposed cuts in Congress. Price supports, conservation payments and export assistance contribute up to …


Funding Fight Due For WSU Wheat Research Center Senators Want To Restore Budget Cuts Made By House

Congress may be headed for a fight over money for a wheat research center at Washington State University. The Senate wants to keep $426,000 for the center in an upcoming …


As Floods Recede, Veggie Prices Rise

Shopper Ona Boorman checks out some celery at Tidyman’s on North Addison in Spokane. Produce prices are up as a result of California flooding. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review


U.S. Corn Shipped To North Korea

A shipment of 54,000 tons of U.S. corn is on its way to North Korea, news reports said Sunday. It would be first direct export of U.S. grain to the …


Farmers Hit Hard By California Flooding Damage From Week Of Heavy Rain Could Exceed $2 Billion

The Sacramento River flows through - and over - parts of Red Bluff. Photo by Associated Press


Nethercutt To Head Farm Bill Panel Task Force To Examine Changes To Agricultural Appropriations

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Chilly Forecast Gives Farmers The Shivers `I’D Like To Throw A Blanket Over My Wheat Crop,’ Says Plaza, Wash., Farmer Bob Kjack

This is a farmer’s worst nightmare. With an Arctic express threatening the Inland Northwest, grain and fruit growers can only pray that $2 billion in winter crops aren’t wiped out …


A Bigger Bite The Export Of State Apples To Foreign Markets Is On A Record Pace

A Japanese woman examines a Washington-grown apple in a Tokyo supermarket. The first exports of American apples to Japan helped energize overall apple exports. Photo by Associated Press