Stories tagged: agriculture
Sun., July 16, 2017
The world of wheat: Growing grain in Washington
The wheels of Bill Myers’ black Jeep flung dust into the air at each bend of the gravel road that winds through his 3,300 acres of hilly farmland northwest of …
UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 3:53 p.m.
Extreme heat broils the Dakotas and Montana; flash drought takes toll on wheat crop
A massive and intense heat dome has spread over the northern Plains and mountain West, sucking moisture out of the soil, and may persist for weeks. The scorching heat and …
Thu., July 6, 2017, 11:49 a.m.
Potato acreage down 25 percent since 2005
A Washington State University study has found a 25 percent decline in potato acreage in a significant portion of land atop the Odessa Aquifer between 2005 and 2015, due primarily …
Wed., July 5, 2017, 9:02 a.m.
Stink bugs found in Skagit County
A brown marmorated stink bug, an agriculture pest that has devastated crops for a decade on the East Coast, has been captured in Skagit County for the first time.
UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017, 11:16 p.m.
Agriculture pest captured in Skagit County for first time
A brown marmorated stink bug, an agriculture pest that has devastated crops for a decade on the East Coast, has for the first time been captured in Skagit County. The …
Tue., July 4, 2017, 7:54 a.m.
U.S., Mexico sign agreement ending trade dispute over sugar
The United States and Mexico signed an agreement Friday to resolve a trade dispute over sugar.
UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 2:41 p.m.
Harsh winter results in reduced Idaho wine grape crop
This year’s Idaho grape crop harvest is expected to be down significantly as a result of a bitter cold winter in the heart of Idaho wine country.
Thu., June 29, 2017, 9:04 a.m.
Wheat virus reaching epidemic levels in Nebraska Panhandle
A wheat virus outbreak has reached epidemic levels and has been damaging fields and yields in the southern Nebraska Panhandle, authorities said.
Wed., June 28, 2017, 8:56 a.m.
Settlement reached in ‘pink slime’ defamation lawsuit, ABC reports
ABC News has reached a settlement with a South Dakota meat producer that filed a $1.9 billion lawsuit against the network over its reports on the company’s lean, finely textured …
UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017, 12:05 p.m.
EPA chief met with Dow CEO before deciding on pesticide ban
The Trump administration’s top environmental official met privately with the chief executive of Dow Chemical shortly before reversing his agency’s push to ban a widely used pesticide after health studies …
UPDATED: Sun., June 25, 2017, 9:18 p.m.
Montana hemp farmer can’t irrigate her crops under federal rules
Montana’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program is underway for the first time this year, allowing approved farmers to grow the fibrous plant under oversight from the state Department of Agriculture. However, …
Fri., June 23, 2017, 8:58 a.m.
Extreme drought may lead to low wheat crop yield in Montana
An extreme drought in northeastern Montana is causing major problems for wheat farmers in the region.
UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 10:59 a.m.
U-pick strawberry season underway in Spokane area
Strawberries have a short, sweet season in the Inland Northwest, and people line up to get them while the picking is good.
Tue., June 20, 2017, 11:06 a.m.
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 …
Wed., June 14, 2017, 10:50 a.m.
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.
Fri., June 9, 2017, 11:29 a.m.
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.
Sun., June 4, 2017, 6 a.m.
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.
Tue., May 30, 2017, 5 a.m.
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 …
Wed., May 24, 2017
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, 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 …
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.
Fri., May 19, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
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.
Tue., May 16, 2017, 3:55 p.m.
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 …
Tue., May 16, 2017, 8:57 a.m.
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.
Sun., May 14, 2017, 6 a.m.
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 …
Sat., May 13, 2017, 5:49 p.m.
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 …
Wed., May 10, 2017, 9:48 p.m.
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 …