Stories tagged: u.s. department of agriculture
Thu., June 7, 2018
Federal judge in Spokane dismisses suit seeking to reinstate country-of-origin labels on imported meat
Where’s the beef from? It will remain a mystery. A federal judge in Spokane this week dismissed a lawsuit filed by domestic livestock producers who were attempting to erase a …
Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 10:13 a.m.
U.S. government proposes new rules for hog slaughter
Federal government regulators proposed changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed in a series of new rules that officials say improve …
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.
Thu., Nov. 23, 2017, 4 p.m.
Best-laid plans to give chickens room to run are shelved with USDA organics rule
What consumers may assume about organic egg farming and the reality are two separate things. In early November, the USDA quietly shelved a rule that would have given consumers a …
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 7:19 p.m.
WSU not sure if it owns buildings it planned to sell
The Washington State University regents were expected to take action Wednesday on a $15.3 million real estate deal, but their vote was postponed because it wasn’t clear whether WSU actually …
UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 7:52 p.m.
Federal efforts to eradicate Idaho potato pest succeeding
Progress is being made eradicating a microscopic pest that has been threatening Idaho’s $900 million potato industry the last decade, federal officials say.
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.
Wed., July 27, 2016, 10:55 a.m.
Feds to complete purchase of Maine blueberries
In the face of industry pressure, the federal government is spending up to $4.4 million to complete a plan to help Maine’s blueberry industry by buying surplus crop.
Thu., 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.
Thu., July 2, 2015
Poplars’ potential: Rathdrum Prairie grove part of study on cellulose-based biofuel
Seventy acres of poplars on the Rathdrum Prairie rustled in a hot, summer breeze, flashing silvery-green leaves. Someday, cars and trucks could be running on fuel made from the trees.
Thu., Aug. 15, 2013
Study: Child rearing costing more in America
Kids these days: more expensive than ever. That’s the word from a new federal study that pins a $241,080 price tag to raising a child born in 2012.
Sat., Aug. 3, 2013
On yellow alert: Wasp totals boom in late summer
Encounters with things that sting are a part of living in the Inland Northwest. The searing pain of a wasp attack can make grown-ups scream, jump about and pull clothes …
Fri., Dec. 21, 2012
WSU researcher trying to get to root of Christmas tree rot
Christmas trees are rotting in the ground across the Pacific Northwest because of a Grinch-like fungal disease that researchers from WSU and other universities will begin trying to combat. Gary …
Sat., Oct. 1, 2011
Feds’ camelina test program falls flat
A federal program to boost camelina crops in Eastern Washington failed to attract any takers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture invited farmers to sign up for a test program that …
Fri., Sept. 30, 2011, 1:44 p.m.
Farmers pass on camelina crop test program
A federal program to boost camelina crops in Eastern Washington failed to attract any takers.
Wed., Sept. 28, 2011, 9:41 a.m.
Washington gets $80 million for biofuels research
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $80 million in grants to consortiums led by Washington state’s two largest universities to research the conversion of Pacific Northwest wood and forest …
Wed., Aug. 24, 2011
Washington farmers sought for camelina fuel crop
Eastern Washington farmers can line up over the next three weeks for a federal program that pays them to grow camelina, a seed crop that some researchers consider a potentially …
Fri., June 17, 2011
Summer meals help bridge nutrition gap
Nutrition is vital to sustain a child’s growth and learning, and for some children school is the only place where they can get a balanced meal. The summer meals program …
Fri., March 25, 2011
Lack of sawmills an issue for forests
Bark beetles have ravaged hundreds of thousands of acres of Colorado’s forests, yet that state has only one large sawmill left to bid on federal timber sales. That’s a problem …
Thu., Oct. 28, 2010, 11:06 a.m.
Glitch at Otter’s office leaves farmers lacking aid
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and the state’s congressional delegation have contacted federal authorities to try to get some $10 million in disaster relief money for northern Idaho farmers possibly lost …
Wed., Sept. 15, 2010
Federal grant bringing Wi-Fi to rural Inland Northwest areas
A $20.4 million grant announced by the federal government will make available fast wireless broadband to more than 68,000 residents in rural Stevens, Spokane and Ferry counties – areas underserved …
Thu., Sept. 9, 2010
Biofuel project in Spokane County wins $90,000 grant
A Spokane County company has been awarded a $90,000 grant to continue developing a process that converts bluegrass straw into biofuels. Farm Power, based in Rockford, will use the U.S. …
Tue., Aug. 24, 2010, 10:30 a.m.
Possibly tainted meats sold at Walmart recalled
Roast beef and ham that was distributed to Walmart delicatessens nationwide and sold in sandwiches has been recalled because it might be tainted with potentially harmful bacteria, the U.S. Department …
Mon., June 21, 2010, 1:40 p.m.
USDA stops using beetles vs. invasive saltcedar
The federal government has declared a cease-fire in its biological war against saltcedar, a nonnative tree that has taken over riparian areas across the West.
Tue., May 18, 2010
Feds funding habitat for sage grouse
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will pay farmers and ranchers to protect 38,000 acres of sage grouse habitat in Douglas County, which has one of the nation’s last stable populations …
Wed., Sept. 30, 2009, 2:24 p.m.
WSU wins $15M grant for specialty crop research
The effects of pests, drought and disease on hop and mint plants — and how those stresses influence the taste of beer and gum — will be the subject of …