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  • WEDNESDAY, 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.


  • 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.


  • THURSDAY, 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.


  • THURSDAY, 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.


  • SATURDAY, 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 …


  • FRIDAY, 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 …


  • SATURDAY, 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 …


  • FRIDAY, 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.


  • WEDNESDAY, 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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, 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 …


  • FRIDAY, 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 …


  • FRIDAY, 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 …


  • THURSDAY, 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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, 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 …


  • THURSDAY, 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. …


  • TUESDAY, 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 …


  • MONDAY, 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.


  • TUESDAY, 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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, 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 …


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