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Spokane duo aims to show gluten free not that bad

Flour Farm, a fully-certified organic, gluten-free flour blend, started in Teri Delany’s kitchen as she worked to improve the hand pies sold at Dave DuPree’s businesses.


Wheat growers celebrate banner year, but uncertainty looms

The crop that dominates Eastern Washington’s landscape has made most farmers happy as wheat harvest numbers are coming in as much as 50 percent higher than average yields, officials said …


McMorris Rodgers, Rep. Mike Conaway meet with farmers, call for action on trade

Just hours after votes were counted her closest election to date, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers hosted a breakfast Wednesday featuring a powerful Republican from Texas and a score of …


FDA investigating possible link between grain-free dog food and heart disease

Dog food containing potatoes, chickpeas, lentils and other legumes as main ingredients – often marketed as “grain-free” to appeal to health-conscious pet owners who are willing to pay a premium …


UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018, 3:55 p.m.

Farm groups, fearing a trade war, voice concerns to McMorris Rodgers

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Thursday she is concerned about the potential impact of President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs and his withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but …


UPDATED: Thu., April 5, 2018, 6:15 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers: Trump should listen to Washington wheat farmers on tariffs

The congresswoman urged President Donald Trump to listen to the concerns raised by wheat farmers over the inclusion of their crop on a list of American agricultural products subject to …


UPDATED: Wed., April 4, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

Region’s wheat growers wary of Chinese tariffs in response to Trump trade moves

China’s inclusion of U.S. wheat in its plans for retaliatory tariffs based on pledges by the Donald Trump administration has drawn concerns from the region’s wheat producers, who are already …


Shawn Vestal: Worried farmers keep wondering if Trump will pivot on detrimental trade policies

President Trump reaped a lot of support in farm country. Farm country might wonder if it’s reaping any from him.


Wheat growers wary of Trump budget’s changes to crop insurance programs

Washington’s wheat growers are pushing back on President Donald Trump’s budget proposal that once again proposes cuts to crop insurance programs.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 25, 2018, 9:43 a.m.

As new Asia-Pacific trade pact nears, U.S. wheat growers fear competitive disadvantage

United States wheat exports could slow significantly because of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


Quality of Idaho wheat crop ‘superb’ this year

Although Idaho wheat production is down 9 percent from last year and 5 percent from the five-year average, growers and industry leaders are reporting excellent overall quality.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 7:45 a.m.

Taiwan signs $576 million wheat deal with United States

Taiwan has once again agreed to purchase a large share of U.S. wheat over the next two years, with most of it coming from Idaho, North Dakota and Montana.


Wet spring and summer’s heat deliver mixed wheat harvest

Most years, the Green family can harvest through the month of August with few interruptions. But this year’s harvest has been more sporadic. A protracted rainy season was followed by …


Officials seek trucking help for donated drought-relief hay

Officials in North Dakota have arranged for tons of donated hay for drought-impacted ranchers in the Dakotas and Montana. Now they need truckers to haul it.


Eastern Oregon wheat farmers seeing improved yields

Sitting in the cab of a John Deere tractor overlooking golden hills of wheat, Kuper Bracher waited patiently one morning last week and watched as a pair of combine harvesters …


Human history fed by wheat

From the ancient Egyptians to farm kids riding on Palouse tractors, the history of wheat spans our history.


The world of wheat: Growing grain in Washington

The wheels of Bill Myers’ black Jeep flung dust into the air at each bend of the gravel road that winds through his 3,300 acres of hilly farmland northwest of …


UPDATED: Sat., July 15, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

A day in the fields at WSU’s Dryland Research Station

On a gray morning in the middle of June, more than 100 farmers, scientists and wheat industry leaders gathered at Washington State University’s Dryland Research Station, a cluster of fields …


Fear not, pasta lovers: your meal is safe from wheat price surge

The unsold wheat sitting inside Buzz Mattelin’s grain silos in Montana should offer some comfort to American noodle lovers. Benchmark wheat futures in Chicago have jumped more than 37 percent …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 3:53 p.m.

Extreme heat broils the Dakotas and Montana; flash drought takes toll on wheat crop

A massive and intense heat dome has spread over the northern Plains and mountain West, sucking moisture out of the soil, and may persist for weeks. The scorching heat and …


Wheat virus reaching epidemic levels in Nebraska Panhandle

A wheat virus outbreak has reached epidemic levels and has been damaging fields and yields in the southern Nebraska Panhandle, authorities said.


Dusty wheat fields signal peak for glut

Dry, hot weather from the U.S. to Europe is taking its toll on crops, and the U.S. government is forecasting global output will fall for the first time in five …


Extreme drought may lead to low wheat crop yield in Montana

An extreme drought in northeastern Montana is causing major problems for wheat farmers in the region.


Wheat farmers oppose Trump farm budget proposal

Deep cuts to agriculture programs in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would have a devastating impact on U.S. wheat exports at a time when the country faces historic competition from …


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.


Religious beliefs involved in pesticide dispute involving organic Oregon farm

Religious beliefs involving the use of pesticides are part of a dispute over noxious weeds on a 2,000-acre organic farm in Oregon that has attracted the attention of organic food …


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.


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.


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 6:02 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers tells wheat growers food assistance should stay as part of farm bill

At a roundtable held this week in Colfax, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives hinted there may be renewed efforts to split crop support from food assistance for …


UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 3:56 p.m.

Pink mold plagues Washington wheat fields, surprising farmers and a WSU expert

As snow melted away in the first glimmers of spring sunshine, wheat farmers in southeastern Washington were surprised to find their crops damaged by an unusual culprit: pink snow mold.