Stories tagged: farming
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.
TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2016, 10:44 A.M.
Montana wheat farmers report big yield, low prices
Though Montana’s wheat farmers are reporting a large harvest this year, the producers aren’t reaping many profits, due to low prices.
THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2016, 2:08 P.M.
New Kirkland private equity firm acquires Yakima produce services company
Graphic Label Inc., a Yakima company that has provided labeling, traceability and other services to fruit growers in the Pacific Northwest and California for more than two decades, has been …
TUESDAY, AUG. 2, 2016, 1:33 P.M.
University of Idaho eyes partnering with Peru potato center
University of Idaho officials are negotiating a deal with the International Potato Center in Peru in hopes of getting access to the center’s vast potato gene bank.
FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016, 3:26 P.M.
Obama signs bill requiring labeling of GMO foods
President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill that will require labeling of genetically modified ingredients for the first time.
FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016, 11:08 A.M.
U.S.-banned genetically modified wheat found in Washington
Federal authorities say genetically modified wheat that’s banned for sale or production in the United States has been found growing in a field in Washington state.
FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016, 10:25 A.M.
Organic farmer seeks $210,000 after cows defecate on crops
An Organic farm is seeking $210,000 from a neighboring dairy after cows escaped and defecated on the farm’s crops.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2016, 7:29 P.M.
Washington may revisit dairy farm rules
Dairy farmers and environmentalists are criticizing new manure-control rules the state Department of Ecology plans to finalize early next year.
FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016, 2:48 P.M.
Egg prices reach 10-year lows as production outpaces demand
In less than a year, eggs have gone from being an expensive staple at the height of the bird flu crisis to reaching the cheapest prices in a decade due …
SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2016, 10:25 A.M.
What’s growing in that there field? New signs tell the story
If you’ve ever driven by ripening grain fields and puzzled over what’s growing there, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Agency has a solution for you.
MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016
‘Direct seeding,’ or no-till farming, one way to cut down on erosion
A dozen years ago, Bob Sievers changed the way he farms 2,700 acres of highly erodible land in Washington’s Palouse region. Direct seeding cuts down on soil erosion and protects …
MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016, 3 P.M.
Crop duster pilot killed in northern Idaho crash
Authorities in northern Idaho say a crop duster pilot died Monday morning after his plane struck power lines and crashed into some trees.
FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016, 2:46 P.M.
Cloud-seeding program to continue in Idaho
Idaho water managers say they will step up funding for a cloud seeding program that’s already been credited with increasing the state’s mountain snowpack.
FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016, 7:24 A.M.
Bing cherries could be in shorter supply this year
Bing cherries have been beset with growing problems this year that are reducing the size of the crop. The Northwest’s most popular cherry variety could be in short supply in …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016, 5:30 A.M.
Hawaii may be first to help farmers get certified organic
Hawaii is the first state to pass legislation providing tax breaks to farmers to offset the cost of getting certified as organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Gov. David …
FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016, 5:23 A.M.
Cherry growers looking forward to yet another bountiful harvest
Barring widespread heavy rain or other disasters, Northwest cherry growers expect to hit the 20-million-box mark during the upcoming harvest, according to the first forecast from Northwest Cherry Growers, a …
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016, 9:50 A.M.
WSU to receive $2 million grant from USDA
Washington State University will receive a $2 million grant to continue research into increased food production through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research program, USDA Secretary Tom …
MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016, 12:53 P.M.
Warmer future for Northwest forests foreseen in WSUV research
Pacific Northwest gardeners might consider planting banana and avocado trees in the not-too-distant future, according to new research coming out of Washington State University Vancouver.
SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016, 9:31 A.M.
Experts anticipate stripe rust epidemic
Researchers at Washington State University predict the Pacific Northwest, including the Palouse, will see a stripe rust epidemic this year.
MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016, 1:09 P.M.
WSU researchers aim to make farming more efficient
Washington State University researchers are seeking new ways to increase efficiency of water use in agriculture.
THURSDAY, 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.
FRIDAY, 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.
FRIDAY, 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.
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2016, 3:07 P.M.
Montana bull sold at auction for $350K
A Montana bull has sold for $350,000 at auction.
MONDAY, 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.
WEDNESDAY, 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.
THURSDAY, 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.