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Perdue meeting on agriculture a prelude to NAFTA renegotiation

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue meets Tuesday with his counterparts from Canada and Mexico for what he called candid talks on “irritants” in the three-way trade relationship that will be a …


Northwest hop acreage estimated to increase by 6 percent

Washington, Oregon and Idaho are on pace to set another record in hop acreage, but reports indicate supply is catching up to demand.


Yakima Valley rains avoided cherry orchards

Rains that fell in the Yakima Valley on Thursday do not appear to have harmed a cherry crop that is just days away from harvest.


The apples and the bees

Every year thousands of hives dot Washington’s apple orchards. The bees inside pollinate the state’s apple trees. Apple farmers, for the most part, rent the their bees, said Dave Robison …


UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 1:32 a.m.

In Washington’s apple country, small and midsize farmers must adapt to changing economics, consumer tastes and technology

In Washington’s apple country, small and midsize farmers must adapt to changing economics, consumer tastes and technology.


Wheat farmers oppose Trump farm budget proposal

Deep cuts to agriculture programs in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would have a devastating impact on U.S. wheat exports at a time when the country faces historic competition from …


Ag industry winces at tough talk

Backers of an enforcement-only bill would have no incentive to take the next step if this bill passed. Then what would the agriculture industry do for workers?


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 8:49 a.m.

Stalks rising: Trade deals almost spoiled Washington’s asparagus industry. But, slowly, farmers made a comeback.

Trade deals just about spoiled Washington’s asparagus industry. Farmers quit the crop. Canneries closed. And then, slowly, farmers leveraged technology, grit and food trends to build a second chance.


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 6:58 a.m.

Paul Turner: About that after-asparagus ‘disagreeble odour’ …

Eating asparagus is good for you, but it can make your pee stink. This awareness is not new. In 1781, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “a few stems of asparagus eaten, shall …


Why Trump’s combative trade stance makes U.S. farmers nervous

A sizable majority of rural Americans backed Donald Trump’s presidential bid, drawn to his calls to slash environmental rules, strengthen law enforcement and replace the federal health care law.


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 6:59 a.m.

Agriculture museum in Pomeroy showcases Eastern Washington’s wheat farming past with help from Spokane man’s collection

The Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum in Pomeroy features a collection of tractors and farm-life relics from the region’s rich wheat farming heritage.


Religious beliefs involved in pesticide dispute involving organic Oregon farm

Religious beliefs involving the use of pesticides are part of a dispute over noxious weeds on a 2,000-acre organic farm in Oregon that has attracted the attention of organic food …


Group of radish farmers sue bank for $6.7 million

A group of Oregon farmers has filed a $6.7 million lawsuit against a bank for allegedly interfering with sales of radish seed and thus causing its value to decrease.


In the 17th century tulip bulb mania created the world’s first speculative bubble

In the 1600s the price of tulip bulbs in Holland soared. A single bulb could cost more than a house and in some cases tulip bulbs were used as a …


Washington farmer with starved animals pleads not guilty

A Washington farmer accused of animal abuse has pleaded not guilty.


UPDATED: Fri., May 12, 2017, 10:10 p.m.

Idaho asks appeals court to uphold ban on spying at farms

Idaho is asking a federal appeals court to reinstate a statewide ban on spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses after a lower court judge sided with animal rights activists who …


Will continuing rains be beneficial or harmful to crops?

The wet winter and spring should mean great things for wheat yields throughout the Palouse and Inland Pacific Northwest, but the continuing rains are making it difficult for area farmers …


Dairy aims to be first to test system that reclaims waste

Sedro-Woolley farmed aims to be the first to test new technology with the Stillaguamish Tribe, Snohomish Conservation District, Washington State University and the Dairy Farmers of Washington. They say the …


Front & Center: Financing the future of food, forestry and fishing

Phil DiPofi,the CEO and president of Northwest Farm Credit Services, has been in banking since 1989 but never considered himself a banker. “I’ve always thought of bankers as stiff, bureaucratic, …


Orchard owners look to robots as labor shortage worsens

Harvesting Washington state’s vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States. That system eventually could change dramatically as at …


Eastern Oregon farmers seek to eradicate tumbleweeds

Tumbleweeds are a common sight across Eastern Oregon, rolling over the vast landscape like something out of an Old West movie.


Ferguson files lawsuit over sexual harassment of farmworkers

The state of Washington is accusing a Quincy agricultural company and one of its managers of sexually harassing female workers and retaliating against workers who complained.


Low interest loans available to area producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announced Tuesday that physical loss loans are available in numerous counties throughout the Northwest, including Latah and Whitman counties.


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 7:46 a.m.

2,000 sheep block highway near Boise

A major Idaho highway was blocked Tuesday as 2,000 sheep headed to their summer home. KTVB in Boise reported that Highway 55 near Eagle, Idaho was blocked by police so …


Rain delays Idaho potato, wheat planting

Eastern Idaho farmers are hoping for a hot and dry spell after cold rain delayed much of their spring planting schedules.


Idaho’s anti-dairy spying lawsuit attracts supporters

A dozen groups representing food safety supporters, free speech advocates and labor unions are helping fight the Idaho law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities.


UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017, 8:19 p.m.

Farmers fear losing immigrant workers under Trump crackdown

President Donald Trump’s hard line against immigrants in the U.S. illegally has sent a chill through the nation’s agricultural industry, which fears a crackdown will deprive it of the labor …


UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 10:17 p.m.

Threats to the potato crop

Changes, from law to diet, have affected the way farmers grow one of the country’s staple starches.


Researchers developing map to predict future farmland loss

Idaho researchers are working on a map that might be able to estimate how much farmland southwestern Idaho will lose by the end of the century and where the loss …


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 7:52 p.m.

Federal efforts to eradicate Idaho potato pest succeeding

Progress is being made eradicating a microscopic pest that has been threatening Idaho’s $900 million potato industry the last decade, federal officials say.