Stories tagged: agriculture
Sun., June 4, 2017, 6 a.m.
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.
Tue., May 30, 2017, 5 a.m.
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 …
Wed., May 24, 2017
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.
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 …
Fri., May 19, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
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.
Tue., May 16, 2017, 3:55 p.m.
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 …
Tue., May 16, 2017, 8:57 a.m.
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.
Sun., May 14, 2017, 6 a.m.
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 …
Sat., May 13, 2017, 5:49 p.m.
A Washington farmer accused of animal abuse has pleaded not guilty.
UPDATED: Fri., May 12, 2017, 10:10 p.m.
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 …
Wed., May 10, 2017, 9:48 p.m.
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 …
Fri., May 5, 2017, 4:22 p.m.
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 …
Sun., April 30, 2017, 5:59 a.m.
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, …
Fri., April 28, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
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 …
Wed., April 26, 2017, 1:10 p.m.
Tumbleweeds are a common sight across Eastern Oregon, rolling over the vast landscape like something out of an Old West movie.
Wed., April 26, 2017, 12:23 p.m.
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.
Wed., April 26, 2017, 11:03 a.m.
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.
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 …
Tue., April 25, 2017, 9:11 a.m.
Eastern Idaho farmers are hoping for a hot and dry spell after cold rain delayed much of their spring planting schedules.
Mon., April 24, 2017, 11:31 a.m.
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.
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.
Changes, from law to diet, have affected the way farmers grow one of the country’s staple starches.
Thu., April 20, 2017, 12:13 p.m.
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.
Progress is being made eradicating a microscopic pest that has been threatening Idaho’s $900 million potato industry the last decade, federal officials say.
UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 6:02 p.m.
At a roundtable held this week in Colfax, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives hinted there may be renewed efforts to split crop support from food assistance for …
Wed., April 5, 2017, 9:43 a.m.
The hummus craze is hitting the heartland, with U.S. farmers preparing to sow more chickpeas than ever before.
Tue., April 4, 2017, 11:07 a.m.
Local members of a statewide apple group and area fruit growers recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with congressional legislators about the future of agriculture and the nation’s health.