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Rob Curley: Ag series turns into more than we could’ve expected; book to be released in December

Like all places, there’s typically a big difference between how the locals view their communities versus how the rest of the world views them. It was that very idea that …


With industry in decline, wild blueberries sing the blues

The Maine wild blueberry industry harvests one of the most beloved fruit crops in New England, but it’s locked in a downward skid in a time when other nutrition-packed foods, …


UPDATED: Sat., July 21, 2018, 5:12 p.m.

Farms vanishing fast in Meridian: ‘Growth is pushing us out’

Though they get up before dawn and often work until sunset, most farmers love their lifestyle and take pride in bringing their crops, milk and animals to consumers’ dinner tables. …


Market still strong for Valley’s agricultural commodities

Agriculture in the Yakima Valley and Pacific Northwest is looking strong, according to a series of reports from Northwest Farm Credit Services released this week.


Chickpeas, lentils and other ‘pulses’ are having a renaissance moment – and it’s a boon for Northwest farmers

Pulses are a class of legumes that include lentils, chickpeas, dry peas and dry beans. They’re popping up in grocery stores in a variety of familiar products and new inventions, …


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 3:35 p.m.

Washington hops bring the flavor to booming craft beer industry

Whether your brew of choice is Budweiser or Bale Breaker, there are few places on Earth where you can sip a cold pint knowing the flavors came from a farm …


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 4 p.m.

Immigration puts hop growers in a pinch

The supply of workers has dwindled in recent years as more people are reluctant to go out into the fields “out of fear they’ll be forced to leave.”


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 3:50 p.m.

Hops science driven by flavor trends

Historically, hops were mostly used as a bittering agent in beer. But the craft beer industry has changed that, giving rise to aroma hops designed to impart notes of fruit, …


People, power costs keep indoor farming down to Earth

More than 30 high-tech companies from the U.S. to Singapore hope to turn indoor farming into a major future food source, if only they can clear a stubborn hurdle: high …


UPDATED: Sun., April 29, 2018, 10:32 p.m.

Trump’s threats on trade unsettle farming, ranching backers

Montana rancher Fred Wacker had thousands of head of cattle fattening up along the Yellowstone River for export to China when President Donald Trump picked a trade fight with the …


Idaho family recognized for nearly 125 years of farming

The Idaho State Historical Society and the Idaho Department of Agriculture presented the Odberg family with the prestigious Century Farm Award in February for owning and operating their farm for …


Saving spinach: A WSU plant researcher’s work helps lucrative spinach seed industry

Because of the long days and climate required to grow spinach seeds, a small slice of western Washington and Oregon is the only part of the United States well-suited to …


Shawn Vestal: Worried farmers keep wondering if Trump will pivot on detrimental trade policies

President Trump reaped a lot of support in farm country. Farm country might wonder if it’s reaping any from him.


Ag Expo begins three-day run Tuesday at Spokane Convention Center

If you’ve ever wanted to shoot the breeze with some of the region’s farmers, stop by the Spokane Convention Center this week. The three-day


Washington wine searches for an identity

Washington wines are becoming know for quality and affordability. But the state’s booming industry, still in its infancy, doesn’t have that


Washington’s acclaimed wine begins in carefully tended vineyards

Washington’s acclaimed wine begins with modern agriculture.


After a colorful harvest, Washington cranberries go to juice, sauce, dried fruit and Thanksgiving tables

After a colorful harvest, cranberries go to juice, sauce, dried fruit and Thanksgiving tables.


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 …


Reader photo: Breezing over the Palouse

Steve Baran flies his hangglider from Steptoe Butte State Park, looking down over Hume Road and the white waves of snowy Palouse farm land toward Tekoa Mountain.


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 …


Farmers go into the blue: Washington is tops in the country in blueberry production

Janice Baker needed another bucket. She was kneeling on the grass between rows at the end of the season, but she was mighty impressed with the size of the organic …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, 9:42 p.m.

The history of corn

Corn has a storied and prominent place in human history.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, 9:42 p.m.

International competition and regulation two familiar challenges to sweet corn industry

Like much of American agriculture, the sweet corn industry’s main challenges are centered around international competition and, what farmers and other in the agriculture industry call excessive regulation.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, 9:43 p.m.

Washington corn a ‘hardy crop’ that fills the gaps between potatoes and wheat

Washington isn’t known for corn. But it should be.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, 9:43 p.m.

The making of super sweet corn: An American farm story

QUINCY, Wash. – Russ Kehl tears an ear of corn from a field of thousands, shucks it and takes an enthusiastic bite. It’s part theater. He’s acting for two journalists …


Hay donated to fire victims may contain noxious weeds

Montana’s Department of Agriculture is asking ranchers who received donated hay after a large fire or ongoing drought to keep an eye out for noxious weeds.


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.


Heifer in Montana herd tests positive for brucellosis

A heifer has tested positive for the disease brucellosis on a Montana ranch near Yellowstone National Park.


Officials seek trucking help for donated drought-relief hay

Officials in North Dakota have arranged for tons of donated hay for drought-impacted ranchers in the Dakotas and Montana. Now they need truckers to haul it.


Froma Harrop: Way of life versus fossil fuels

The fight is about more than environmentalism versus fossil fuels. It’s about money versus money. And if that’s the case, why would fossil fuel interests win over ranching, farming and …