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Spokane River conservationists, state officials settle lawsuit over polluted Latah Creek

A 2015 federal lawsuit filed by the nonprofit Spokane Riverkeeper organization has led to a 10-year cleanup plan for Latah Creek, one of the major tributaries into the Spokane River. …


Saving spinach: A WSU plant researcher’s work helps lucrative spinach seed industry

Because of the long days and climate required to grow spinach seeds, a small slice of western Washington and Oregon is the only part of the United States well-suited to …


Shawn Vestal: Worried farmers keep wondering if Trump will pivot on detrimental trade policies

President Trump reaped a lot of support in farm country. Farm country might wonder if it’s reaping any from him.


UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018, 1:47 p.m.

Speculation, uncertainty ripple across Washington after steel import tariffs announced

President Donald Trump’s plan to slap large tariffs on steel and aluminum imports could ignite a global trade war that hurts American consumers as well as Washington’s aerospace and agriculture …


Senators want to bolster research of organic agriculture

A pair of U.S. senators is introducing legislation designed to improve organic farming research.


Wheat growers wary of Trump budget’s changes to crop insurance programs

Washington’s wheat growers are pushing back on President Donald Trump’s budget proposal that once again proposes cuts to crop insurance programs.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 2:03 p.m.

Where they stand: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown split on the wall, refugees and family migration

As the fate of roughly 700,000 children of undocumented immigrants living in America is debated on Capitol Hill, prompting the closure of the federal government last month, the two candidates …


Sumas farm not at fault in farmworker’s death, state agency says

State officials say a blueberry farm in northwestern Washington was not at fault in the death of a 28-year-old migrant worker in August but the farm is being fined for …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 25, 2018, 9:43 a.m.

As new Asia-Pacific trade pact nears, U.S. wheat growers fear competitive disadvantage

United States wheat exports could slow significantly because of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


Spokane County marijuana farmers say pollution controls, regulations and low prices threaten their business

Fees and rules for controlling the smell of marijuana emanating from the county’s dozens of marijuana farms are going to regulate small players right out of the nascent industry, growers …


Shell games: Washington a leader in oyster farming

Washington shellfish are among the state’s most lucrative and endangered crops.


Open 2 dozen oysters in under 2 minutes? Shucks, yes

Opening an oyster can be a job. Opening it fast can be a sport.


Washington wine searches for an identity

Washington wines are becoming know for quality and affordability. But the state’s booming industry, still in its infancy, doesn’t have that


Washington’s acclaimed wine begins in carefully tended vineyards

Washington’s acclaimed wine begins with modern agriculture.


After a colorful harvest, Washington cranberries go to juice, sauce, dried fruit and Thanksgiving tables

After a colorful harvest, cranberries go to juice, sauce, dried fruit and Thanksgiving tables.


Agricultural groups challenge California weed-killer warning

A coalition of national and Midwestern agricultural groups is suing to overturn a California declaration that the popular weed-killer Roundup can cause cancer.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 8:38 a.m.

Ex-Trump campaign official withdraws nomination for Ag post

A former Trump campaign official who has been linked to the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller has withdrawn his nomination for an Agriculture post.


Farmers go into the blue: Washington is tops in the country in blueberry production

Janice Baker needed another bucket. She was kneeling on the grass between rows at the end of the season, but she was mighty impressed with the size of the organic …


As autumn turns, Green Bluff growers offer taste of the season

Among the dozens of destinations dotting Green Bluff Growers’ annual map, the majority of small farms and orchards are vastly distinct.


Slower growth in craft brewing leads to hops surplus

Slowing growth in the craft brewing industry has contributed to a greater stockpile of hops in the Yakima Valley, which grows the vast majority of that key ingredient in beer.


Oregon appeals court upholds ruling that threw out GMO ban

The Oregon Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that overturned a 2014 voter-approved initiative banning genetically engineered crops in Josephine County.


Northwest sees increases in estimated farmland values

Agricultural land values in Idaho, Oregon and Washington increased this year while the national average remained unchanged.


Hay donated to fire victims may contain noxious weeds

Montana’s Department of Agriculture is asking ranchers who received donated hay after a large fire or ongoing drought to keep an eye out for noxious weeds.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 1:39 p.m.

Idaho officials designing giant, glow-in-the-dark potato

Idaho officials plan to replace a 6-ton potato replica used for advertising with one that glows in the dark.


With labor shortage, Idaho inmates learn farm work

Matthew Davidson could patch roads or do janitorial work during his time at the South Idaho Correctional Institution, but he’s decided to harvest fruit instead.


Madi Clark: Farmers are responsible stewards of environment

A lifetime of working with farmers has shown me that farmers care more for the environment than any regulator, lawmaker, or urban social activist ever will.


Why are Bill Gates and Richard Branson investing in meat that costs $18,000 a pound?

The world loves meat. So much so that demand for meat products is projected to grow by nearly 70 percent by 2050. But meat production places a significant strain on …


Heifer in Montana herd tests positive for brucellosis

A heifer has tested positive for the disease brucellosis on a Montana ranch near Yellowstone National Park.


EU probes Bayer’s planned buyout of Monsanto

The European Union’s anti-trust watchdog said Tuesday that it has launched a probe into German chemical maker Bayer’s planned acquisition of U.S. seed and weed-killer company Monsanto.


Officials seek trucking help for donated drought-relief hay

Officials in North Dakota have arranged for tons of donated hay for drought-impacted ranchers in the Dakotas and Montana. Now they need truckers to haul it.