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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

Meet the farmers of the future: Robots

To Alexander, Angus and other robots are key to a new wave of local agriculture that aims to raise lettuce, basil and other produce in metropolitan areas while conserving water …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

Washington dairy interests optimistic in wake of new trade agreement

Dairy groups in Washington state are encouraged by the Trump administration’s new North American trade deal announced Monday and what they see as its potential to create additional market access …


As aid checks go out, farmers worry bailout won’t be enough

Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with …


Huge squirrel population chomps crops, driving farmers nuts

There’s a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields.


Red Delicious no longer king as Yakima Valley embraces apple diversity

The big story line of this year’s harvest is that Red Delicious, which once dominated Washington’s crop, is relinquishing its title as the state’s most voluminous apple variety.


UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2018, 9:08 p.m.

Soybean farmers are surviving trade war

Growers of soybeans – the single largest agricultural export to China, worth $12.4 billion – have largely escaped financial damage of the trade war thus far, raising questions about the …


Ben & Jerry’s, advocacy group: Farm worker program a success

A farmworker-driven agreement that Ben & Jerry’s signed last year to improve pay and working conditions of laborers on farms that provide the ice cream company milk has been successful, …


Farmers prefer Trump do trade deals than hand them cash

Many farmers remain critical of President Donald Trump’s tariffs and the damage done to commodity prices and markets but were appreciative Tuesday that he offered to provide some cash to …


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018, 11:02 a.m.

Trump plans emergency aid to farmers affected by his tariffs

The U.S. readied a plan Tuesday to send billions in emergency aid to farmers who have been hurt by President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China and other American trading …


Trump says U.S. farmers will be treated fairly in trade talks

President Donald Trump defended his tough trade negotiations with China, Canada and Mexico on Monday, saying that U.S. farmers have been treated “unfairly.” The president vowed to turn the tide …


Amid trade fight, Trump says he’ll ‘make it up’ to farmers

President Donald Trump acknowledged Monday that farmers could be adversely affected by the escalating tariff dispute with China, but promised to make it up to them, saying they “will be …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 4:11 p.m.

Trump draws ire of farmers targeted in Chinese trade dispute

From hog producers in Iowa to apple growers in Washington state and winemakers in California, farmers expressed deep disappointment Friday over being put in the middle of a potential trade …


Froma Harrop: Trump turns farmers into a sacrifice

President Trump’s budget blueprint would only make things worse for U.S. agriculture. Trump’s hostility to trade deals has already inflicted damage on an economic sector highly dependent on exports. And …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 4:45 p.m.

Farmers post record crop for soybeans, peanuts, canola, hops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers have harvested record crops for soybeans, peanuts, canola, rapeseed and hops.


Open or closed range?

Idaho law states domestic animal owners in open range are not responsible for keeping the animals off highways and are not liable for damage to vehicles or for injuries to …


Some farmers in Washington and Idaho seeing more acidic soil

Some farmers in northern Idaho and western Washington are looking for solutions after years of applying nitrogen-based fertilizer has left their land with acidic soil.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017, 11:21 a.m.

Long dependent on immigrant workers, Yakima Valley growers laboring with new reality

After decades of enjoying a robust low-wage labor force mostly comprised of Mexican immigrants entering the U.S. illegally, growers here and across the state are finding fewer laborers interested in …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 4:43 p.m.

Idaho farmers turn to guest workers to fill labor gap

Farmers in southern Idaho are increasingly turning to the guest worker program to fill the gap left by the shrinking labor force in the state.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 10:03 p.m.

A farmer arrived at WSU with $6,000 to his name. Now he’s won $100,000 to help feed the world.

Six years ago, Cornelius Adewale moved to Pullman with $6,000 in his pocket. Now as a Ph.D. candidate at WSU and a member of the board of directors of Washington’s …


Washington potato farmers report shortage of truck drivers

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Potato famers in rural northwestern Washington say they don’t have enough truck drivers to deliver their products out of state. The Skagit Valley Herald reported a …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 26, 2017, 1:46 p.m.

Idaho, Oregon onion growers race to rebuild before harvest

The Idaho-Oregon onion industry’s rebuilding efforts following the heavy damage to storage and packing facilities caused by this year’s harsh winter are in full swing and going well.


With labor shortage, Idaho inmates learn farm work

Matthew Davidson could patch roads or do janitorial work during his time at the South Idaho Correctional Institution, but he’s decided to harvest fruit instead.


Madi Clark: Farmers are responsible stewards of environment

A lifetime of working with farmers has shown me that farmers care more for the environment than any regulator, lawmaker, or urban social activist ever will.


UPDATED: Sat., July 15, 2017, 4:54 p.m.

Drought in High Plains the worst some farmers have ever seen

Drought in North Dakota is laying waste to fields of normally bountiful food and hay crops and searing pastures that typically would be home to multitudes of grazing cattle.


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017, 5:17 p.m.

Prospect of NAFTA rewrite gives US farmers a case of jitters

A sizable majority of rural Americans backed Donald Trump’s presidential bid, drawn to his calls to slash environmental rules, strengthen law enforcement and replace the federal health care law.


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.


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.


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 …


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 …


Search warrants for potato pest ordered at E. Idaho farms

A federal judge has approved search warrants to take samples from fields in southeast Idaho after farmers refused to allow federal authorities to check for a microscopic potato pest.