Stories tagged: agriculture
Thu., 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.
Fri., 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.
Fri., 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 …
Fri., 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.
Fri., 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.
Fri., 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 …
Mon., 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.
Wed., March 30, 2016, 11:50 a.m.
Oregon farm regulators eye ‘stop work’ authority
Food manufacturers and pesticide applicators could be subject to “stop work” orders under new regulatory authority being considered by Oregon’s farm regulators.
Sun., March 20, 2016
Big Maple: Demand for new sweeteners brings boom in Vermont
SANDGATE, Vt. (AP) – Once a side venture that helped farmers pay their taxes, Vermont maple syrup is becoming big business, with corporations buying up thousands of acres of trees …
Thu., March 10, 2016, 2:08 p.m.
Spokane River to benefit from $15 million in conservation efforts
Efforts to protect the Spokane River watershed will benefit from a $15 million infusion in conservation spending over the next five years.
Thu., March 10, 2016, 10:15 a.m.
Survey: 28 percent of Oregon wine producers report money woes
Oregon wineries expect sales to surge in 2016 but that doesn’t mean all of them anticipate a healthy bottom line.
Sun., March 6, 2016, 4 a.m.
100 years ago in Lind: Shoemaker arrested in scheme to burn down store
From our archives, 100 years ago Several arsonists were foiled in the act of trying to burn down the hardware store at Lind.
Thu., March 3, 2016, 9:03 a.m.
Women in Agriculture Conference to focus on communication styles
A Washington State University conference this month will bring women in agriculture together at 31 different locations in five states.
Thu., March 3, 2016, 6:56 a.m.
UI professor warns of Idaho’s ‘brain drain’ problem
An assistant professor at the University of Idaho told the Moscow League of Women Voters on Wednesday that Idaho is on par with the rest of the country when it …
Tue., March 1, 2016, 3:40 p.m.
Legislature OKs authorization for growing industrial hemp
The Legislature has passed a bill that would allow licensed growers to produce industrial hemp in Washington as part of a research program.
Tue., March 1, 2016, 1:18 p.m.
Widely used insecticide pulled from market
Federal regulators have ordered the makers of a widely used insecticide to take it off the market because it harms tiny aquatic animals.
Tue., March 1, 2016, 9:35 a.m.
GMO food labeling case ruling sought by attorney general
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is asking a judge to find that an Iowa-based group violated state campaign disclosure laws as it backed a 2013 food labeling initiative.
Tue., March 1, 2016
Opinions offer historical perspective
In this week in history, S-R editorials discussed World War I, the Supreme Court’s role, agricultural subsidies and the coarsening of content on television.
Sun., Feb. 28, 2016
Washington’s new apple joining a changing industry
WSU has developed a new apple - the Cosmic Crisp - that only orchardists in Washington will be able to plant for the next decade.
Sat., Feb. 27, 2016, 8:28 a.m.
‘Worst forest pest insect’ recently found in Vancouver
After more than 15 years of being gypsy moth free, the Washington state Department of Agriculture has found what it calls “the worst forest pest insect ever to enter the …
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016
100 years ago in Lincoln County: Hog drivers move hundreds of pigs 40 miles through 3 feet of snow
From our archives, 100 years ago L. Stubblefield needed to get 746 hogs to market in the dead of winter so he embarked on a hog drive from Hunters to …
Fri., Feb. 5, 2016, 11:18 a.m.
Federal court issues $385K judgment against blueberry growers
Some Washington blueberry growers have admitted that they systematically violated the rights of their agricultural workers over a period of years.
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016, 8:43 a.m.
Idaho wine grape quantity down, quality up, vintners say
Weather in 2015 made for a smaller wine grape harvest in Idaho, which officials say could affect production of some favored wine varieties.
Sun., Jan. 24, 2016
Consumer Confidential: Why is the food industry dead-set against warning labels?
The food industry produces, advertises and sells unhealthy food and then uses those profits to lobby lawmakers into scuttling informative labeling requirements.
Sun., Jan. 17, 2016, 11:48 a.m.
Washington shippers cheer as India apple imports resume
YAKIMA – Washington apple shippers are cheering the news that India has reopened all of its ports to apple imports. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that India has been Washington’s third-largest …
Wed., Jan. 13, 2016, 7:08 p.m.
University seeks retraction, says researcher’s study data is a bunch of bull
A researcher exploring ways to convert cow poop into electrical power faked data and claimed his laboratory notebook blew into a manure pit, according to a Washington State University investigation.
Sun., Jan. 10, 2016
Hershey dumps sugar beets because of GM concerns
For decades, the Hershey Co. has used sugar made from both sugar beets and sugar cane, but it decided in 2015 to stop buying beet sugar because it comes from …
Thu., Oct. 22, 2015, 11:08 p.m.
Discovery of “Alien” wasps in Washington could be a game-changer for orchardists
Scientists from Washington State University have discovered a parasitic wasp in the state that kills its host like a scene from the movie “Alien.” But the discovery is good news …
Sun., Sept. 27, 2015
Bushels of success
REARDAN – Keith Bailey earned his college degree through what he jokingly calls Washington State University’s “extended program.” “I started college in 1974 and finished in ’92.”
Fri., Sept. 11, 2015
Green Bluff harvests early this year because of warm weather
The fields of pumpkins sprawling across the hillside at Walter’s Fruit Ranch in Green Bluff are early this year, bright splotches of color signaling the ripeness of the gourds with …