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UPDATED: Sat., March 11, 2017, 11:36 p.m.

Worries growing for wheat farmers

Farmers are facing a belt-tightening year as wheat prices slip below the break-even mark, signaling the third consecutive year of financial hardship.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 8:11 p.m.

Mexican companies craft plan to sidestep U.S. grain imports

One of Mexico’s largest business groups is working on a bargaining chip ahead of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement: finding alternatives to the U.S. for grain …


U.S. moves to grab Russia’s crown as world’s top wheat supplier

Just a year after Russia won the title of the world’s largest wheat supplier, it’s already in danger of losing it.


Agriculture traders feel pain as plentiful harvests persist

The era of excess in agriculture is squeezing traders dry. Years of bumper grain harvests, coupled with low prices and diminished volatility in many markets, are making it tougher for …


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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 11:34 p.m.

Reversal on trade pact leaves some in Northwest worried, others relieved

Washington business and trade groups characterized President Donald Trump’s move Monday to back off from a proposed trade pact among Asia-Pacific nations as a setback for the state’s economy.


UPDATED: Thu., 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 …


Egypt haggling back in full force as world awash with wheat

In a world overloaded with wheat, Egypt is bolstering its haggling power. The top importer bought 235,000 metric tons of wheat in a tender Thursday and managed to pay an …


Donald Trump’s promises trigger fears of a trade war that would damage Washington’s economy

Trade experts warn that Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric foreshadows a trade war with China and a scrapping of hard-won tariff reductions. Washington state farmers, who would be among the casualties …


Kernza: The wheat ecologists dream about

Perennial Kernza, a new breed of wheat, combines “kern” from kernel and “za” from Konza, the Native American word from which Kansas was derived.


Wheat prices surge as inventory forecast dips

There are finally some signs of life in the wheat market.


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.


It’s a tough year for Washington wheat farmers

Local growers face unusual weather that’s damaging the crop and a major a global surplus that’s dragging down prices.


Weathercatch: Compared to ‘corn sweat,’ wheat is small stuff

“Corn sweat” made big news in late July as the Midwest baked and wilted in heat and humidity. Television reporters standing waist-deep among cornstalks explained how millions of crop acres …


100 years ago in North Idaho: Volunteers search for missing attorney, a former state senator

From our archives, 100 years ago More than 100 volunteers were searching for Abner G. Kerns, a former Idaho state senator and prominent Wallace attorney.


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.


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.


100 years ago in Eastern Washington: ‘Huge armies’ of crickets worry farmers

From our archives, 100 years ago The war against crickets was renewed for a second straight year in Ephrata and Wilson Creek. “Huge armies” of crickets were heading toward wheat …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Sister Bilkiss, aka Flora M. Bilkiss, Spokane’s most famous street evangelist, was arrested on a grand larceny warrant.


Early wheat harvest produces lower yield because of weather

STEPTOE, Wash. – Combines crawling across the hills of the Palouse, threshing the nation’s largest wheat crop, signal an annual end to summer in southeastern Washington. But if you plan …


Friends, neighbors help ill Whitman County farmer harvest fields

LAMONT, Wash. – The farmers surrounding this small Whitman County town all know each other. They went to school together, played on the same football team and rode the same …


Drought affecting Northwest’s winter wheat

Intense drought conditions have shrunk the kernels and disrupted the proteins of winter wheat crops in Montana, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, the region that produces a fifth of the U.S. …


Palouse wheat farmers hopeful, cautious about early growth

PALOUSE, Wash. – It’s late February on Ben Barstow’s farm just west of town. But when he stoops to examine the tiny sprouts of winter wheat emerging from his fields, …


Ag Expo highlights trends in data use, outdoor technology

Bigger digs for the Spokane Ag Expo this year means more room for a variety of technological innovations. “It’s not just about the tractors,” said David Dobbins, president of the …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The city still was shaken by several serious sledding accidents, including one death, so authorities announced a further safety step: supervised sledding hills.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago An editorial writer mourned the passing of Col. E.H. Morrison, of Fairfield, an extraordinary man and “talented personality.”


Co-ops plan rail loading facility for grain on West Plains

Five grain cooperatives in Central and Eastern Washington will build a major rail loading facility on the West Plains to ship wheat on BNSF Railway lines. The $26.4 million project …


Wheat farmer stays local with Joseph’s Grainery

When Bill Myers began selling wheat berries at the Moscow and Pullman farmers markets in zip-top bags, people weren’t quite sure what to make of his product. “They would look …


The Rock Doc: High technology transforming wheat farming

I’m quite a dinosaur. I get some of my news the old-fashioned way from print newspapers, and I still pay my bills with paper checks sent through the mail. But …


Congress finds support for farm subsidy change

With Congress eyeing the prospect of military involvement in Syria and another impending debt standoff, the likelihood of federal farm and nutritional support legislation passing this month is dwindling by …