Stories tagged: farming
TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 1:33 P.M.
Bull that led police chase after slaughterhouse escape dies
A plucky bull escaped from a slaughterhouse and led police on a wild chase through the streets on Tuesday only to die on its way to a shelter.
SATURDAY, 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?
THURSDAY, 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.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 2:58 P.M.
Landmarks: Pleasant Prairie barn a monument to farm life
The tall red barn out on Pleasant Prairie can easily be seen from a distance, not just because of its sharp contrast to the snow on the ground but also …
UPDATED: FRIDAY, 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: TUESDAY, 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
WEDNESDAY, 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 …
MONDAY, 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.
FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2017, 6:06 A.M.
Investigation into Wafla’s influence on farmworker pay rejected
A state investigation into alleged influence by a grower group that may have biased a 2015 state farmworker pay survey has been ended by a court decision.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, 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 …
SATURDAY, 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: FRIDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4, 2017, 10:37 A.M.
Former workers sue Idaho dairy, claiming human trafficking
A group of veterinarians from Mexico is suing an Idaho dairy in federal court, contending that the dairy lured them under false pretenses and then forced them to work in …
TUESDAY, 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 …
TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2016, 9:57 A.M.
Drug-resistant salmonella linked to Wisconsin calves
Federal and state health officials say a multistate outbreak of salmonella bacteria that is resistant to several drugs has been linked to infected dairy bull calves purchased in Wisconsin.
THURSDAY, NOV. 24, 2016, 5:32 A.M.
State adopts no tolerance policy for feral pigs
Being ahead of the game is the name of the game in dealing with invasive species. That’s why Idaho staffs up to 20 boat inspection stations to prevent quagga and …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2016, 10:58 A.M.
WSU, University of Idaho join search for super spuds
A program that teamed up three universities and three agricultural commissions in 1984 has recently experienced its fourth great success with a newly bred potato that seems to be superior …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2016, 5:48 A.M.
Cranberries bubble from bog to Thanksgiving table
Cranberry bogs in Washington state produce solid hues of vibrant red each fall as one of the state’s lesser-known crops is harvested in the months before Thanksgiving.
TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2016, 5:28 A.M.
Ants have been farming plants for millions of years, long before people
Could ants get any cooler? These amazing insects have been known to create rafts and bridges with their bodies and tend to vast fungus gardens. Now, a new study suggests …
THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2016, 12:52 P.M.
What a Trump presidency could mean for agriculture
Some food industry titans worry President-elect Donald Trump’s tough talk on trade could eventually hurt business in numerous ways, including limiting food and agriculture exports.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016, 11:52 A.M.
Washington reports fewer trapped gypsy moths
After setting 34,000 traps around the state this summer to catch the much-loathed European and Asian gypsy moths, the Washington state Department of Agriculture has reportedly caught 25 of the …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016, 10:59 A.M.
Oregon’s Columbia Basin farmers expect above-average potato harvest
Potato farmers in the Columbia Basin are expecting a better-than-average harvest this fall.
SATURDAY, NOV. 5, 2016, 10:35 P.M.
Ag site for potato seed experiments in limbo over nematodes
The future of an agricultural research farm in Powell Butte is in limbo as state officials decide what to do with the land.
MONDAY, OCT. 17, 2016, 1:30 P.M.
Idaho agriculture group balks at Clif Bar Foundation video
Southern Idaho’s agriculture community was happy to welcome a major Clif Bar production facility recently, but the company’s “Mr. Seed” video that criticizes conventional agriculture has been less well received.
MONDAY, OCT. 17, 2016, 12:44 P.M.
Caterpillar CEO to retire next year
Caterpillar said Monday that CEO Doug Oberhelman will retire from the company next year and will be replaced by Jim Umpleby, an executive who has worked at the construction and …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.