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Idaho may pay legal fees after losing ‘dairy spying’ lawsuit

A panel of Idaho officials will meet next week to consider paying $260,000 for attorney fees and other costs after losing a lawsuit over an unconstitutional law that sought to …


Then and Now: East Spokane grain elevators

These three grain storage and processing plants in east Spokane represent a various types of agribusiness ventures.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

Backpack-wearing bumblebees could buzz fields, tell farmers how crops are doing

Now, a group of University of Washington researchers has figured out how to put a tiny tracking sensor on a bumblebee.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 10:47 a.m.

Farmers, state watching for signs export markets will reopen

Washington farmers watching closely for a truce in the tariff war that could reopen markets to China.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 8:28 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: On climate, we ignore Chapter 24 at our peril

Hotter, drier, smokier summers. More rain and less snow in the winters. Droughts, overflowing rivers and coastal surges. Sunburned apples and softer berries. More heatstroke and Lyme disease. Less skiing …


Swiss reject plan to entice herders to save cow, goat horns

GENEVA – Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a national referendum on a cattle farmer’s proposal to have the government subsidize herders of goats and cows if they let their animals …


Sue Lani Madsen: It’s all about the food – and the soil it grows in

Food, glorious food. The centerpiece of every holiday. Whatever your Thanksgiving tradition, food is the constant whether it’s turkey with sausage stuffing or vegan roasted pumpkin with riced cauliflower dressing. …


Share.Farm app developers look to extend season for area farmers-market producers, customers

About 900 Spokane-area residents have signed up for the app at


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 5:02 p.m.

Dogs train to become service animals at Green Bluff’s fall festivities

Five in-training service dogs paid a visit to Beck’s Harvest House in Green Bluff Saturday.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

Meet the farmers of the future: Robots

To Alexander, Angus and other robots are key to a new wave of local agriculture that aims to raise lettuce, basil and other produce in metropolitan areas while conserving water …


Washington apple crop awaits answers amid ongoing trade uncertainty

Despite uncertainty about markets, the Washington apple crop is coming off the trees and producers are hopeful that talks with Mexico and Canada can wrap up soon to protect two …


Prices, production looking good for Washington wheat despite uncertain markets

Belching clouds of orange dust, the massive red machines crawled along the hillsides north of Reardan eating endless rows of amber stalks.


Paul Turner: Some things don’t change

Markets disappear, prices fluctuate and the politics of farm policy can make a farmer scratch his head. But Roy Dube’s quiet pride in being a farmer has not changed. And …


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018, 11:02 a.m.

Trump plans emergency aid to farmers affected by his tariffs

The U.S. readied a plan Tuesday to send billions in emergency aid to farmers who have been hurt by President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China and other American trading …


Canadian and U.S. agriculture officials say keep NAFTA, punt on tariffs

Canadian and U.S. agriculture officials agreed Monday to push the Trump administration to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement and “reconsider” the tariffs that they said are threatening to …


Plans to build housing for H-2A guest workers upset some orchard neighbors

Ryan Dragoo plans to use H-2A guest workers next year to maintain and harvest the 100 acres of apples and cherries he manages for LFZ Orchards west of Selah. But …


Study aims to find out if agriculture triggers asthma

Asthma was thought to be a disease more prevalent in densely populated urban areas where there’s more pollution from automobiles and large industry. Researchers are now focusing on children with …


UPDATED: Sat., July 7, 2018, 12:29 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: Farmer to farmer with Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue

Monday’s smorgasbord of questions to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Colfax was hosted by the McGregor Co., a supplier of seed, fertilizer, equipment and expertise …


UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue endorses work requirements for food assistance

Congress is preparing to reconcile two versions of the farm bill, a sweeping piece of legislation renewed every five years that governs an array of agricultural and food assistance programs, …


UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2018, 10:19 p.m.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue seeks to allay farmers’ trade concerns

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue sought to assure Eastern Washington agriculture and forestry leaders on Monday that American farmers will not bear the brunt of an international trade war. But …


America appears ready to open the door for the ‘grain buffalo’

It’s been nearly 20 years since former Idaho legislator Tom Trail began beating the drum for industrial hemp. However, the U.S. Senate – and perhaps Congress as a whole – …


Chickpeas, lentils and other ‘pulses’ are having a renaissance moment – and it’s a boon for Northwest farmers

Pulses are a class of legumes that include lentils, chickpeas, dry peas and dry beans. They’re popping up in grocery stores in a variety of familiar products and new inventions, …


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 4 p.m.

Immigration puts hop growers in a pinch

The supply of workers has dwindled in recent years as more people are reluctant to go out into the fields “out of fear they’ll be forced to leave.”


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 3:35 p.m.

Washington hops bring the flavor to booming craft beer industry

Whether your brew of choice is Budweiser or Bale Breaker, there are few places on Earth where you can sip a cold pint knowing the flavors came from a farm …


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 3:50 p.m.

Hops science driven by flavor trends

Historically, hops were mostly used as a bittering agent in beer. But the craft beer industry has changed that, giving rise to aroma hops designed to impart notes of fruit, …


EU to impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. imports from July

The European Union on Wednesday announced it will start imposing duties from July on a list of U.S. products in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on …


UPDATED: Sun., May 27, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

Aquifer falling, central Washington farmers ask: Where will the water come from?

Schemes to irrigate central Washington have stalled and unraveled for more than a century. New efforts are underway to divert water from the Columbia or other sources, but uncertainty remains.


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 10:44 a.m.

Ranchers wrangle a living history out of Eastern Washington scablands

Tucked within miles of barbed-wire fences and basalt columns southwest of Spokane reside what’s left of the American West: Ranchers who scratch out a living from hard work and prairie …


UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 11:23 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers: Farm bill failure tied to immigration fight

GOP conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus sank the 2018 farm bill on Friday, dealing a setback to House Republican leaders including Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.


Western Washington nurseries changing along with consumer preferences

From ornamental flowers to native plants, $365 million industry provides products to a changing market.