Stories tagged: agriculture
Mon., Nov. 20, 2017, 7 a.m.
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.
Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:05 a.m.
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A former Trump campaign official who has been linked to the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller has withdrawn his nomination for an Agriculture post.
Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 6 a.m.
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 …
Sat., Oct. 7, 2017
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.
Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 12:10 p.m.
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.
Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 12:34 p.m.
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.
Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 4:20 p.m.
Northwest sees increases in estimated farmland values
Agricultural land values in Idaho, Oregon and Washington increased this year while the national average remained unchanged.
Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 12:18 p.m.
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.
Sat., Aug. 26, 2017, 5:19 a.m.
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.
Sat., Aug. 26, 2017
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.
Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 8:12 a.m.
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 …
Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 10:13 a.m.
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.
Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 7:32 a.m.
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.
Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 8:35 a.m.
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.
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 9:40 a.m.
Ocean Spray phasing out cranberry sauce production in state
Ocean Spray is consolidating its cranberry sauce production and will no longer make sauce at its Markham facility.
Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 1:33 p.m.
Washington apple farmers may see higher returns this season
Experts say Washington apple farmers may be in for higher returns with large crop amounts expected and a decline in apple production in Europe, Mexico and Canada.
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 9:20 p.m.
‘Cowgirl Camp’ to emphasize role of women in agriculture
Beth Robinette walked in among her cattle, leaned forward and mooed. A low, guttural “How are you all doing this morning?” kind of moo. All around her, black cows lifted …
Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 11:08 a.m.
Oregon farmers, vintners worry about heat damage to crops
Farmers and vineyard owners in Oregon are worrying that the extensive heat wave in the state may be doing damage to their crops.
Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 6 a.m.
If you buy your birdseed at Costco, the sunflower seeds might be from Spokane County
Sunflowers aren’t Washington’s biggest crop, but they can draw a crowd.
Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 8:06 a.m.
Italian wine harvest begins 10 days early with heat, drought
The Italian wine grape harvest is having its earliest start in a decade due to the effects of the summer’s heatwave and drought.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 4:44 p.m.
Idaho dairy group opposes immigration detention contract
A dairymen group in south-central Idaho has sent a letter to Jerome County commissioners in opposition to a pending contract that would lease out space in the county’s new jail …
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 10:54 p.m.
Canada OKs Idaho company’s genetically engineered potatoes
Three types of potatoes genetically engineered by an Idaho company to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, Canadian …
UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 8:40 p.m.
New pulp mill planned for southeast Washington will turn straw into commercial product
A pulp mill planned for southeastern Washington will extract cellulose from wheat and alfalfa straw, turning a waste product into a commodity. Columbia Pulp expects to begin operations in late …
Mon., July 31, 2017, 11:14 a.m.
Eastern Oregon wheat farmers seeing improved yields
Sitting in the cab of a John Deere tractor overlooking golden hills of wheat, Kuper Bracher waited patiently one morning last week and watched as a pair of combine harvesters …
UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 3:22 p.m.
U.S. Ag Secretary: Current farm visa program ‘unworkable’
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Friday that he considers the United States’ current farm-visa program to be “unworkable” but the issue probably will not come up in NAFTA talks …
Tue., July 25, 2017, 12:21 p.m.
Crunching the cherry numbers: 2017 might be a record harvest
As the cherry harvest goes into its “second peak,” an industry representative said 2017 appears to be on track to be a record year.
Mon., July 24, 2017, 8:56 a.m.
Some southern Idaho residents worry about proposed UI dairy
Some Jerome County residents are worried that plans for a big new University of Idaho-operated dairy could befoul the local air.
Sun., July 23, 2017
George Ball: Stephen Hawking is wrong about our ability to survive on planet Earth
Recently, renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking said we should colonize the moon and Mars as soon as possible. He predicts that, figuratively speaking, Mother Earth runs out of milk by …