Stories tagged: agriculture
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 …
Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, 8 a.m.
What labor shortage? Robot apple pickers on the way
Worry over ag labor shortages could be a thing of the past if two engineering firms hit goals to market robotic fruit-picking machines by 2019.
Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 8:19 p.m.
Outdoor marijuana regulation continues to puzzle in Washington state
How do you regulate something you can’t measure?
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 10:24 a.m.
Idaho extends deadline for farmers to dispose of bad onions
Idaho officials have extended the deadline for farmers to dispose of spoiled or damaged onions following the collapse of many onion storage facilities in southwestern Idaho due to heavy snow.
Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 4:39 a.m.
Armyworm invasion threatening southern Africa’s crops
An invasion of armyworms is stripping southern Africa of key food crops and could spread to other parts of the continent, experts warned Tuesday at an emergency meeting of 16 …
Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 1:40 p.m.
Agriculture traders feel pain as plentiful harvests persist
The era of excess in agriculture is squeezing traders dry. Years of bumper grain harvests, coupled with low prices and diminished volatility in many markets, are making it tougher for …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 9:14 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: If Sonny Perdue can ease government burdens on farmers, he’ll be a success as Agriculture Secretary
Columnist spent morning helping out at the Washington Ag Forestry Leadership program booth and polling passers-by for their opinions on former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as the president’s nominee for …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 10:09 p.m.
Despite study, farmers skeptical on human-caused climate change
A six-year, three-state, $20 million research project to study the potential effects of climate change on agriculture appears to have done little to persuade farmers that human-caused climate change is …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 11:15 a.m.
Big Idaho snowpack has water managers pleased and worried
Idaho has so much snow that water is already being released from some reservoirs for flood control and Idaho Power has halted most of its cloud-seeding operations. Water managers and …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 9:52 p.m.
Weather expert predicts hot, dry summer due to El Nino
Retired Professor Art Douglas tells farmers that an emerging El Nino is going to warm things up and dry them out in coming months