Stories tagged: agriculture
FRIDAY, OCT. 14, 2016, 4 A.M.
Lower food prices seen at the store, but eating out not cheaper
Shoppers are finding some real bargains in the food aisles these days thanks to abundant harvests and cheap energy. Prices on many commodities, from poultry and beef to coffee and …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12, 2016, 2:32 P.M.
Hotline set up to help farmers affected by pipeline protests
North Dakota’s Agriculture Department has set up a hotline to help farmers and ranchers south of the Bismarck-Mandan area who’ve been affected by protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
MONDAY, OCT. 10, 2016, 2:06 P.M.
Dad squashes son’s giant pumpkin record with 2,261-pounder
A Rhode Island man has squashed a record set by his son by taking first prize in a pumpkin contest with a 2,261.5-pound gourd.
THURSDAY, OCT. 6, 2016, 5:50 P.M.
Washington farmers will collect $95 million from the federal government to offset low crop prices
The federal government will pay about $95 million to 26,500 Washington farms to help offset the lowest crop prices in 10 years.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2016, 5:37 P.M.
Report grades restaurant chains’ work to rid meat supply of medically important antibiotics
Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill passed with flying colors, but KFC and Olive Garden were among the laggards in commitments to eliminate medically important antibiotics from their meat and …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2016, 5:12 P.M.
Bayer buying Monsanto, will create global chemical, ag giant
American seed and weed-killer company Monsanto and German medicine and farm chemical maker Bayer are combining in a deal that could help farmers produce higher yields to address challenges from …
TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2016, 2:29 P.M.
Scarce cash in land of plenty: Farmers adjust to downturn
It’s the third consecutive year in which most corn farmers will spend more than they’ll earn. The growing has been too good and the resulting glut of corn depressed prices …
MONDAY, SEPT. 12, 2016, 4:30 P.M.
California expands overtime to farmworkers in historic move
Farmworkers in the nation’s largest agricultural state will be entitled to the same overtime pay as most other hourly workers under a law that California Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday …
FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 2016, 10:48 A.M.
Sue Lani Madsen: Hobby farmers play an important role in ag landscape
Used as an insult by both urban and rural snobs, the term “hobby farmer” describes the American dream for many small landholders.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2016, 3:32 P.M.
Weathercatch: Washington’s cooler nights boost flavor of wines
A little-known secret of many great-tasting wines made in Washington state is literally the difference between night and day.
TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2016
100 years ago in Spokane: Farmers worry crops won’t make it to markets as railroad workers prepare to strike
From our archives, 100 years ago The railroad unions called for a nationwide strike to begin in several days and the repercussions were already felt in Spokane.
TUESDAY, AUG. 23, 2016, 3:36 P.M.
Low milk prices newest challenge to family farms
Arden Tewksbury has been a dairy farmer in northeast Pennsylvania for most of his 83 years. He’s also an agricultural activist who’s part of a movement to try to stop …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17, 2016, 11:49 A.M.
Weathercatch: Compared to ‘corn sweat,’ wheat is small stuff
“Corn sweat” made big news in late July as the Midwest baked and wilted in heat and humidity. Television reporters standing waist-deep among cornstalks explained how millions of crop acres …
FRIDAY, AUG. 12, 2016, 7:14 P.M.
Three years into nation’s hemp experiment, crop’s future is hazy
Three years into the nation’s hemp experiment, a 20-acre farm in southern Colorado exemplifies the crop’s hazy potential.
TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2016, 10:44 A.M.
Montana wheat farmers report big yield, low prices
Though Montana’s wheat farmers are reporting a large harvest this year, the producers aren’t reaping many profits, due to low prices.
SUNDAY, AUG. 7, 2016, 4 A.M.
Front & Center: Tainio Technology cultivates success
Running in circles isn’t always a waste of time. “When I was in college, I took a fitness class,” recalls Athena “Teena” Tainio, “and one day while running around the …
TUESDAY, AUG. 2, 2016, 1:33 P.M.
University of Idaho eyes partnering with Peru potato center
University of Idaho officials are negotiating a deal with the International Potato Center in Peru in hopes of getting access to the center’s vast potato gene bank.
FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016, 3:26 P.M.
Obama signs bill requiring labeling of GMO foods
President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill that will require labeling of genetically modified ingredients for the first time.
FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016, 11:08 A.M.
U.S.-banned genetically modified wheat found in Washington
Federal authorities say genetically modified wheat that’s banned for sale or production in the United States has been found growing in a field in Washington state.
FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016, 10:25 A.M.
Organic farmer seeks $210,000 after cows defecate on crops
An Organic farm is seeking $210,000 from a neighboring dairy after cows escaped and defecated on the farm’s crops.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2016, 7:29 P.M.
Washington may revisit dairy farm rules
Dairy farmers and environmentalists are criticizing new manure-control rules the state Department of Ecology plans to finalize early next year.
SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2016, 10:25 A.M.
What’s growing in that there field? New signs tell the story
If you’ve ever driven by ripening grain fields and puzzled over what’s growing there, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Agency has a solution for you.
TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016, 1:05 P.M.
Titanic tuber rolls through Inland Northwest this week
Don’t panic if you spot a giant potato rolling down the road this week. It’s friendly. The Big Idaho Potato Truck featuring a six-ton faux potato is the star of …
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 …