Stories tagged: agriculture
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
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 1:28 p.m.
Port of Longview busiest it’s been in at least 30 years
The Port of Longview is the busiest it’s been in at least 30 years. The Daily News of Longview says the port announced Wednesday that 8.3 million tons of cargo …
Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 10:24 a.m.
Judge halts grazing in Oregon forest to protect spotted frog
A federal judge has halted cattle grazing in an Oregon national forest until officials can review its impact on Oregon spotted frogs.
Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 10:07 a.m.
Onion storage buildings collapse, raising onion prices
Heavy snow has caused dozens of onion storage sheds in eastern Oregon and Idaho to collapse, resulting in as much as $100 million in damages.
Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 11:33 a.m.
Agriculture agency halts public release of documents
An Agriculture Department research agency has banned the release of news releases, photos and other material to the public.
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 11:34 p.m.
Reversal on trade pact leaves some in Northwest worried, others relieved
Washington business and trade groups characterized President Donald Trump’s move Monday to back off from a proposed trade pact among Asia-Pacific nations as a setback for the state’s economy.
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 11:50 a.m.
Researchers program drones to find virus-infected potatoes
Researchers at Idaho State University have programed drones to be able to identify a potato-infecting virus.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 12:06 p.m.
Wheat growers scheduled to meet with Gov. Inslee on key issues
Members of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers will meet with more than 50 legislators and agency heads from both sides of the aisle. The wheat growers will meet with …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 7:24 p.m.
Source: Trump’s agriculture secretary choice is former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue
President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary, according to a person familiar with the decision but not authorized to speak publicly …
Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 8:46 a.m.
Snow forces roof collapses at Treasure Valley onion plants
Severe weather and snow buildup has caused the roofs of about 18 onion storage and packing facilities to collapse in southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon.
Sun., Jan. 15, 2017
An uncertain, and sometimes grim, future awaits Washington’s aging Hispanic farmworkers
Studies show that Hispanic farmworkers are likely to be injured on the job, and as they age, suffer from overuse injuries and long-term illnesses linked to working in the fields. …
Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, 6:53 a.m.
Environmental groups concerned about Oregon mega-dairy
A coalition of health and environmental groups is asking Oregon officials to investigate construction of a mega-dairy in Morrow County.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 11:03 p.m.
Tom Vilsack leaving USDA a week early, no replacement named
Secretary Tom Vilsack is leaving the Agriculture Department a week before his tenure ends and President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Trump has not chosen Vilsack’s replacement. Vilsack told employees in …
Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 12:13 p.m.
University of Idaho to get millions to raise food better
The University of Idaho is feeling love from Gov. Butch Otter as it works to bring to life a $45 million research and education initiative in dairy and livestock production.
Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 7:28 a.m.
Cheesier pizzas rescue dairy prices as Americans drink less milk
Americans love their cheese, but maybe not as much as dairy farmers do. Even after people cut back on milk use for decades – a consequence of more drink options …
Mon., Jan. 2, 2017, 5:19 p.m.
Perdue said to be Trump’s lead pick for Ag secretary
Sonny Perdue III, the former governor of Georgia, is president-elect Donald Trump’s leading candidate to be his U.S. secretary of agriculture, according to a person familiar with the matter. Perdue, …
Thu., Dec. 29, 2016, noon
Egypt haggling back in full force as world awash with wheat
In a world overloaded with wheat, Egypt is bolstering its haggling power. The top importer bought 235,000 metric tons of wheat in a tender Thursday and managed to pay an …
Tue., Dec. 27, 2016, 1:52 p.m.
Washington berry grower fined $102,000 for illegal water use
The Washington State Department of Ecology says it’s fining a Whatcom County berry grower more than $100,000 for years of illegal water use.
Tue., Dec. 27, 2016, 10:31 a.m.
Congress’ budget patch averts national farm loan crisis
U.S. farmers drained all available government agricultural loan money this past fiscal year to get through one of the worst agricultural downturns in recent years, but no one who qualifies …