Stories tagged: agriculture
MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016, 12:45 P.M.
Insects carrying crop virus spotted in Idaho onion fields
Slender insects known as thrips have arrived in eastern Oregon and parts of Idaho much earlier than usual and they bring with them the possibility of spreading a virus that …
MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016
‘Direct seeding,’ or no-till farming, one way to cut down on erosion
A dozen years ago, Bob Sievers changed the way he farms 2,700 acres of highly erodible land in Washington’s Palouse region. Direct seeding cuts down on soil erosion and protects …
SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016, 4 A.M.
Muddy waters: Hangman Creek cleanup essential to Spokane River health
Hangman Creek’s muddy water contributes to water-quality issues in the Spokane River; new efforts are underway to clean up the creek.
MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016, 3 P.M.
Crop duster pilot killed in northern Idaho crash
Authorities in northern Idaho say a crop duster pilot died Monday morning after his plane struck power lines and crashed into some trees.
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016, 5:38 P.M.
Hundreds of apple jobs at risk as Oroville fruit co-op files for bankruptcy
OROVILLE – One of Oroville’s largest employers, Gold Digger Apples Inc., filed for bankruptcy last week in Spokane as U.S. Bank seeks repayment of an $18 million loan.
FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016, 2:46 P.M.
Cloud-seeding program to continue in Idaho
Idaho water managers say they will step up funding for a cloud seeding program that’s already been credited with increasing the state’s mountain snowpack.
FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016, 7:24 A.M.
Bing cherries could be in shorter supply this year
Bing cherries have been beset with growing problems this year that are reducing the size of the crop. The Northwest’s most popular cherry variety could be in short supply in …
TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016, 10:30 A.M.
Monsanto rejects Bayer bid, but still open to talks
Monsanto is rejecting Bayer’s $62 billion takeover bid, calling it “incomplete and financially inadequate.”
MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016, 7:04 P.M.
Q-and-A: What Bayer-Monsanto merger could mean
FRANKFURT, Germany – Bayer wants to buy Monsanto for $62 billion, hooking up the German chemical and drug company with the St. Louis-based producer of seeds and weed-killers. The deal …
THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2016, 5:58 P.M.
Idaho must pay lawyer’s fees in ‘ag-gag’ case, judge rules
A federal judge has ordered Idaho to pay roughly a quarter million dollars in legal fees to the Animal Legal Defense Fund and other groups who successfully sued the state …
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 2:35 P.M.
GMO food safe but not curing hunger, report says
Genetically manipulated food remains generally safe for humans and the environment, a high-powered science advisory board declared in a report Tuesday.
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 12:08 P.M.
Cold snap damages wine grape crops in Minnesota, Wisconsin
Vintners in southern Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota are reeling from a weekend cold snap that ruined huge swaths of their grapes.
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 10:55 A.M.
Ban on GMO crops in Oregon county tossed by judge
A Josephine County, Oregon, judge has struck down a local ban on genetically engineered crops, pointing to a state law that prevents local anti-GMO rules.
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016, 12:39 P.M.
Northwest alfalfa growers challenged by warm spring
Alfalfa growers in the Columbia Basin say a warm spring has caused the crop to mature early, causing stems to grow at the expense of leaves. Ben Schaapman said he …
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016, 4:41 P.M.
U.S. poultry workers forced to wear diapers on job, report says
A report from international advocacy group Oxfam says poultry workers in the United States labor in a “climate of fear,” with some forced to wear diapers on the job.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016, 3:40 P.M.
Geese die-off in eastern Idaho possibly due to rodent poison
For the second consecutive year a large die-off of migrating geese has occurred in eastern Idaho, and officials say tests indicate poison put on agricultural fields to kill rodents is …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016, 5:30 A.M.
Hawaii may be first to help farmers get certified organic
Hawaii is the first state to pass legislation providing tax breaks to farmers to offset the cost of getting certified as organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Gov. David …
FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016, 5:23 A.M.
Cherry growers looking forward to yet another bountiful harvest
Barring widespread heavy rain or other disasters, Northwest cherry growers expect to hit the 20-million-box mark during the upcoming harvest, according to the first forecast from Northwest Cherry Growers, a …
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016, 9:50 A.M.
WSU to receive $2 million grant from USDA
Washington State University will receive a $2 million grant to continue research into increased food production through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research program, USDA Secretary Tom …
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016, 1:29 P.M.
Gypsy moth spraying done, state to set traps this summer
State agricultural officials have finished spraying parts of Western Washington to kill leaf-eating gypsy moths. Now, they plan to set out thousands of traps this summer to see whether those …
MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016, 12:53 P.M.
Warmer future for Northwest forests foreseen in WSUV research
Pacific Northwest gardeners might consider planting banana and avocado trees in the not-too-distant future, according to new research coming out of Washington State University Vancouver.
SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016, 9:31 A.M.
Experts anticipate stripe rust epidemic
Researchers at Washington State University predict the Pacific Northwest, including the Palouse, will see a stripe rust epidemic this year.
MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016, 1:09 P.M.
WSU researchers aim to make farming more efficient
Washington State University researchers are seeking new ways to increase efficiency of water use in agriculture.
THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2016, 3:28 P.M.
Comments sought on fighting potato pest in Idaho
Federal officials are taking public comments on possible methods to deal with a microscopic pest that has infested potato fields in southeastern Idaho.
FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016, 11:26 A.M.
Sue Lani Madsen: Agriculture more important to Washington than high-tech
Agriculture still is an important economic driver in Washington, and unlike the high-tech industry, ag jobs can’t easily be shipped overseas.
FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016, 10:22 A.M.
Thieves targeting California almonds, walnuts
International crime rings targeting California’s booming agriculture industry are increasingly stealing truckloads of high-value nuts, prompting authorities and the firms falling victim to ramp up efforts to break the spree …
FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016, 8:46 A.M.
Portland to spray for gypsy moths
Officials will soon begin spraying insecticide to keep gypsy moths out of Portland.
FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016, 8:37 A.M.
Farmers struggling as markets overflow with milk, grain, livestock
As farmers gear up for spring planting, those who sell crops on the commodities markets stand to lose buckets of money from low prices that are beyond their control.
FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016, 6 A.M.
100 years ago in Eastern Washington: ‘Huge armies’ of crickets worry farmers
From our archives, 100 years ago The war against crickets was renewed for a second straight year in Ephrata and Wilson Creek. “Huge armies” of crickets were heading toward wheat …
MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2016, 3:11 P.M.
Global warming making U.S. sick, report says
The federal government says man-made global warming is making America sicker and it’s only going to get worse.