Stories tagged: agriculture
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 …
Fri., May 5, 2017, 4:22 p.m.
Dairy aims to be first to test system that reclaims waste
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.
Front & Center: Financing the future of food, forestry and fishing
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.
Orchard owners look to robots as labor shortage worsens
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.
Eastern Oregon farmers seek to eradicate tumbleweeds
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.
Ferguson files lawsuit over sexual harassment of farmworkers
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.
Low interest loans available to area producers
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.
2,000 sheep block highway near Boise
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.
Rain delays Idaho potato, wheat planting
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.
Idaho’s anti-dairy spying lawsuit attracts supporters
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.
Farmers fear losing immigrant workers under Trump crackdown
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.
Threats to the potato crop
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.
Researchers developing map to predict future farmland loss
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.
Federal efforts to eradicate Idaho potato pest succeeding
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.
McMorris Rodgers tells wheat growers food assistance should stay as part of farm bill
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.
More hummus, please: US chickpea acres seen climbing to record
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 apple leaders go to Washington
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.
Sun., April 2, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Fines for pesticide use violations quadrupled in Oregon
As the Oregon Legislature considers four bills that would tighten regulations around pesticides, the state’s Agriculture Department says the dollar amount of fines it issued for improper pesticide use quadrupled …
Fri., March 31, 2017, 6:20 a.m.
First on the Martian menu: spuds
If human beings finally reach Mars, they may find themselves depending on the humble, if hardy potato. Scientists in Peru have used a simulator that mimics the harsh conditions on …
Wed., March 29, 2017, 10:38 p.m.
EPA denies petition to ban pesticide used on crops
The Trump Administration on Wednesday denied a petition by environmental groups that sought to ban a common pesticide used on citrus fruits, apples, cherries and other crops, reversing a push …
Sun., March 26, 2017, 3:14 p.m.
Spring is here, asparagus is around the corner
There’s no trace of snow on the valley floor, the Mariners are playing baseball again and the days are getting longer, which means just one thing. It’s almost time for …
Wed., March 22, 2017, 8:04 a.m.
Dead cattle in eastern Oregon reservoir disturb tourists
Dead cattle floating in a reservoir just west of the Oregon-Idaho border are causing trouble for tourists.
Sun., March 5, 2017, 5 a.m.
Front & Center: Beth Robinette helps local farmers and ranchers connect with customers
Beth Robinette helped launch
Thu., March 2, 2017, 3:54 p.m.
Farms, orchards should warn neighbors before they spray chemicals, report says
With pesticide drift and the associated health risks on the rise in Washington, a new report is again calling for requirements that farms and orchards notify neighbors before spraying chemicals.
Thu., March 2, 2017, 6 a.m.
Two more ‘lost apples’ found at Steptoe Butte
Two more historic apple varieties previously thought to be lost have been found on the slopes of Steptoe Butte.
UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 2:25 p.m.
Washington produces record wine grapes crop in 2016
The state of Washington produced a record harvest of wine grapes in 2016. The Washington Wine Commission reported Wednesday that the 2016 harvest was 270,000 tons, up 22 percent from …