Stories tagged: farming
Wed., June 14, 2017, 10:50 a.m.
Northwest hop acreage estimated to increase by 6 percent
Washington, Oregon and Idaho are on pace to set another record in hop acreage, but reports indicate supply is catching up to demand.
Mon., June 12, 2017, 2:49 p.m.
Rancher gives $5K reward for help finding cattle killers
An Oregon rancher has given a man a $5,000 reward for helping find and convict the two men who slaughtered his cattle.
UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 1:32 a.m.
In Washington’s apple country, small and midsize farmers must adapt to changing economics, consumer tastes and technology
In Washington’s apple country, small and midsize farmers must adapt to changing economics, consumer tastes and technology.
Sun., June 4, 2017, 6 a.m.
From apples to wheat, NAFTA has been a boon for Washington agriculture
For Washington apples the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a good deal.
UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 7:54 a.m.
Dayton lost its asparagus business to the ‘War on Drugs’ but residents persevered
For decades, the asparagus cannery defined life in Dayton. Each summer an influx of about 1,000 migrant workers would join the town’s other 2,000 permanent residents. Hundreds more workers would …
UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 8:49 a.m.
Stalks rising: Trade deals almost spoiled Washington’s asparagus industry. But, slowly, farmers made a comeback.
Trade deals just about spoiled Washington’s asparagus industry. Farmers quit the crop. Canneries closed. And then, slowly, farmers leveraged technology, grit and food trends to build a second chance.
Fri., May 19, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Why Trump’s combative trade stance makes U.S. farmers nervous
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.
UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 6:59 a.m.
Agriculture museum in Pomeroy showcases Eastern Washington’s wheat farming past with help from Spokane man’s collection
The Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum in Pomeroy features a collection of tractors and farm-life relics from the region’s rich wheat farming heritage.
Sun., May 14, 2017, 5:45 a.m.
A year in the fields: Skagit Valley the heart of U.S. tulips, drawing hordes each spring
The Skagit Valley’s roughly 450 acres of tulips represent 75 percent of U.S. commercial production. About 300,000 people visit the fields during the month-long annual tulip festival in April. Those …
UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 9:22 p.m.
‘Weak calf syndrome’ gets blame for recent deaths
Washington State University researchers are trying to discover the reason behind mysterious calf deaths related to what is commonly known as “weak calf syndrome.”
Fri., May 5, 2017, 4:22 p.m.
Dairy aims to be first to test system that reclaims waste
Sedro-Woolley farmed aims to be the first to test new technology with the Stillaguamish Tribe, Snohomish Conservation District, Washington State University and the Dairy Farmers of Washington. They say the …
Fri., April 28, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
Orchard owners look to robots as labor shortage worsens
Harvesting Washington state’s vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States. That system eventually could change dramatically as at …
Wed., April 26, 2017, 1:10 p.m.
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.
Wed., April 26, 2017, 11:03 a.m.
Low interest loans available to area producers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announced Tuesday that physical loss loans are available in numerous counties throughout the Northwest, including Latah and Whitman counties.
Tue., April 25, 2017, 9:11 a.m.
Rain delays Idaho potato, wheat planting
Eastern Idaho farmers are hoping for a hot and dry spell after cold rain delayed much of their spring planting schedules.
Mon., April 24, 2017, 2:29 p.m.
Senate set to confirm Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary
After months of delay, the Senate is expected to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary with bipartisan support.
Mon., April 24, 2017, 11:55 a.m.
Millions of spoiled onions disposed of in Idaho, Oregon
An estimated 100 million pounds of spoiled onions have been disposed of in Idaho and Oregon following a winter of unprecedented snowfall.
UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 10:17 p.m.
Threats to the potato crop
Changes, from law to diet, have affected the way farmers grow one of the country’s staple starches.
Thu., April 20, 2017, 12:13 p.m.
Researchers developing map to predict future farmland loss
Idaho researchers are working on a map that might be able to estimate how much farmland southwestern Idaho will lose by the end of the century and where the loss …
Thu., April 20, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Long-range shooting all about the numbers
Gone are the days of serious target shooters putting a finger to the wind and relying on the trajectories printed on ammunition boxes before squeezing off rounds at distant targets.
Wed., April 5, 2017, 9:43 a.m.
More hummus, please: US chickpea acres seen climbing to record
The hummus craze is hitting the heartland, with U.S. farmers preparing to sow more chickpeas than ever before.
Fri., March 31, 2017, 6:20 a.m.
First on the Martian menu: spuds
If human beings finally reach Mars, they may find themselves depending on the humble, if hardy potato. Scientists in Peru have used a simulator that mimics the harsh conditions on …
Thu., March 30, 2017, 10:01 a.m.
Officials remove cattle carcasses from Oregon reservoir
Officials have removed a number of cattle carcasses from a popular reservoir just west of the Oregon-Idaho border.
Mon., March 20, 2017, 8:33 a.m.
East Idaho man dies in farm equipment accident
A Rexburg father has died after he became entangled in the rotor of farm equipment.
Tue., March 7, 2017, 8:31 a.m.
Idaho man pleads guilty in theft of California man’s cattle
A southern Idaho man has pleaded guilty to stealing cattle after branding as his own and selling about 100 animals belonging to a California man.
Sun., March 5, 2017, 5 a.m.
Front & Center: Beth Robinette helps local farmers and ranchers connect with customers
Beth Robinette helped launch
Thu., March 2, 2017, 3:54 p.m.
Farms, orchards should warn neighbors before they spray chemicals, report says
With pesticide drift and the associated health risks on the rise in Washington, a new report is again calling for requirements that farms and orchards notify neighbors before spraying chemicals.
Tue., 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.
Sat., 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?
Thu., 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.